The weekend begins at Jam Cafe on Friday November 30 where Cykada perform with support from Major Ruse (Joe Egan on guitar, Jamie Sykes on drums and Marcus Joseph on saxophone) from 7pm onwards; tickets are £8.50. Power-fusion/free-funk ensemble Pinski Zoo come two by two to Peggy’s Skylight in Hockley; Jan Kopinski is on saxophones, Steve Iliffe keyboards, Karl Bingham bass and Tim Bullock drums and entry is £10 from 7pm. Pianist Wendy Kirkland is joined by Pat Sprakes on double bass and Roger Bird on vocals from 8pm at the Farndon Boat House.
Elliott Lewis plays his gypsy guitar with Mat Short on bass and Louis Potts on drums at Stray’s in Newark from 3-5pm. Later, I’m singing swinging seasonal songs at the Christmas lights switch on celebration in Beeston Square from 4.30pm on Saturday December 1; Neil Hunter joins me on keys, Simon Paterson on double bass and Ian Beestin on drums (we will be dressed as elves and have CDs on sale, which are easy to wrap). Award winning tenor saxophonist, composer and graduate of the ‘Royal Academy of Music’ Nadim Teimoori leads his quartet at Peggy’s Skylight from 7pm, entry is 9pm.
On Sunday December 2 Shell’s Belles perform at the Punchbowl on Porchester Road from 1.30-3.30pm, I’ll also be doing some numbers on the voice pipes. Same time, The Lion on Basford have saxophonist David Hawkins’ Quartet. Singer/bassist Nicola Farnon’s trio are at Peggy’s from 2pm, entry is £8/6.
Saxophonist Ben Martin’s Trio perform at The Bell Inn on Angel Row on Monday December 3 featuring Pete Johnson on guitar and Martyn Spencer on double bass from 8.30pm.
Founded by Herbie Hancock, The Headhunters redefined modern funk, world music and jazz. It is standing room only for their visit to Peggy’s this Wednesday 5 December from 7pm, entry is £20 – do book in advance via their website to avoid disappointment.
December 6 finds Bitches Be Brewin at Jam Cafe; the house band is Brown Fang; Henry Claude on guitarand John Thompson on bass. Acclaimed singer songwriter and guitarist Sarah Gillespie plays her new album Wishbones for Jazz Steps at the Bonington Theatre in Arnold; her band features Kit Downes on organ andpiano, James Maddren on drums, Ruth Goller on bass and Chris Montague on guitar, tickets are £12/5 NUS. Trio Con Alma are a Dizzy Gillespie inspired Latin ensemble led by Paul Deats on piano with Simon Paterson on double bass and Simon Bohill on drums who perform at Peggy’s from 7pm, entry is £5