Here’s the week ahead:
Friday October 4
It’s Stray’s Tapas and Jazz’ first Friday of the month jazz night in Newark, this time with Wendy Kirkland on vocals and keys, Pat Sprakes on guitar, Mat Short on bass and Si Potts on drums – do book a table in advance, a reservation is £5. In the city centre you’re invited to Root Down at Peggy’s Skylight on George Street in Hockley with a special double bill of swaggering tuba bassist Theon Cross from London and jazz-funk-folk collective Fat Suit from Glasgow; doors open at 7pm, tickets are £12 standing or £22 seated dining (including £5 deposit on food).
Saturday October 5
Way Out Wes, a tribute to the legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, is performed at Peggy’s by Lee Jones on guitar, Nick Millward on drums, Charlie Wright on sax and Tom Hill on bass. Tickets are £12/10 and doors open at 7pm. There is also afternoon tea accompanied by Paul Deats’ jazz piano between 12 and 5pm.
Sunday October 6
Cool Jazz perform at The Pelican in Bilborough from 12-2pm; enjoy a proper Sunday lunch whilst listening to their swing and Latin music from the 1930s-70s. Me and Mr Jones are Rachel Foster (vocals) and Paul Deats (piano) who are also proprietors of Peggy’s Skylight; they perform a sumptuous Sunday Mezinee concert between from 1-3pm. Trumpet wizard Hugh Pascall leads his quartet at 6pm in the same venue; entry is £8. The Andrew Wood Trio accompany Chris Gumbley on tenor sax at the Lion in Basford from 1.30-3.30pm.
Tuesday October 8
Dexter’s Jazz Club returns to the newly refurbished Headstocks in Cinderhill with saxophonist Jake McMahon’s Quartet featuring Richard Hallam on piano, Mike Say on drums and Geoff Pearson on bass. Music starts 8.30pm and entry is £6.
Wednesday October 9
Contemporary Harpist Louise Spencer performs at Peggy’s from 7pm.
Thursday October 10
Jazz Steps present trumpeter Quentin Collins’ Sextet at the Bonington Theatre in Arnold featuring Steve Hamilton on the grand piano, Larry Bartley on bass, Winston Clifford on drums, Tony Kofi on alto sax and Paul Booth on tenor sax. They play his new album Road Warrior, a musical depiction of life as a touring musician. Music starts at 8pm and entry is £12/5 NUS – do book in advance via the theatre. Same time at Peggy’s, pianist Matt Ratcliffe’s trio play The Beatles Songbook.
Where no entry fee is mentioned please assume your generous purchases from the venue pay the musicians.