aturday November 30
Peggy’s Skylight on George Street in Hockley welcomes drummer/composer Myele Manzanza who is the son of a Congolese master percussionist, born and raised in New Zealand. He brings his eclectic style and diverse skill for a genre bending show presenting music from his latest album A Love Requited, which is rooted in jazz and African rhythm. Entry from 7pm is £12. They also offer afternoon tea from 12-5pm accompanied by Paul Deats’ jazz piano.
Sunday December 1
Don’t forget the Footwarmers still play their long running weekly residency at The Bell Inn on Angel Row from 12.30pm. Gypsy jazz and virtuoso violinist Andy Aitchison joins Paul Deats at his keys for a Mezinee session at Peggy’s; it’s £3 entry from 1pm. The Shipstone Street Jazz Orchestra featuring vocalist Sarah Simmonds perform swinging numbers under the baton of their director Andrew Wood from 1.30-3.30pm at The Lion at Basford. Back at Peggy’s at 6pm, trumpet wizard Hugh Pascall leads his quartet for a bopping evening, entry is £8/6.
Wednesday December 4
The Bumblin’ Bees comprise Rachael Johnson on keys, Burke on the bass and Andrew “Woody” Wood on drums. They bring Latin beats, funky grooves and tight compositions to life at Peggy’s from 7pm (think Head Hunters or Chick Corea) they also have new singles dropping online this week.
Thursday December 5
Jazz Steps welcome Hexagonal to the Bonington Theatre in Arnold; they are Graeme Flowers on trumpet, Jason Yarde on alto sax, Greg Heath on tenor, John Donaldson on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and Tristan Banks on drums. These world class performers play the music of the iconic pianist McCoy Tyner plus a broad palette of material at 8pm, entry is £12/5 NUS. Hannah Williams, the British soul hurricane who sensationally became part of Jay-Z’s chart-topping 4:44 album, is primed and ready for her own national and international breakthrough; she brings her band the Affirmations featuring James Graham on Wurlitzer and grand piano, Adam Newton on bass, Adam Holgate on guitar, Jai Widdowson-Jones on drums/percussion, Victoria Klewin and Hannah Nicholson on BVs, Liam Treasure on trombone and Tom Taylor on baritone saxophone. Tickets are £23 seated (includes £5 deposit redeemable on food) or £12 standing.
Where no entry fee is mentioned assume your purchases from the venue support the musicians.