Music: Jeanie Barton’s Jazz Diary 31 January – 6 February


Friday January 31Pianist/singer Wendy Kirkland alongside Pat Sprakes on guitar/bass and Steve Wyndham on drums performs with stellar saxophonist Dave O’Higgins at the atmospheric Great Hall of Worksop College, which is transformed into a candlelit jazz café for another highly popular jazz night. Tickets are available from Eventbrite; £10 for children/students and £23.50 for adults, the music starts at 7.45pm. Root Down at Peggy’s Skylight on George Street in Hockley from 7pm with London-based band Awalé, who play glorious sun enthused Senegalese soul; vocalist Biram Seck’s soaring voice evokes messages of love and peace, underpinned by poly-rhythm grooves, intense and spiritual Sabar Senegalese percussion and Afro-Latin drums, with weaving intricate guitar patterns, horn lines and catchy bass riffs. Thibaut Remy is on guitar, Mike Idowu on bass, John Martin on saxophone, George Jefford on trumpet, Kaw Secka on Sabar drums and Yusuf Ahmed on drums; entry is from £10.

Saturday February 1
ISQ are a critically-acclaimed post-jazz/art pop quartet from London who visit Peggy’s this weekend; featuring Irene Serra on vocals (Wynton Marsalis, Norma Winstone, US3), Richard Sadler on double bass (founding member of the Neil Cowley Trio), Naadia Sheriff on piano (Yazz Ahmed, Hermeto Pascoal) and Chris Nickolls on drums (Andy Sheppard, Jean Touissant).  Entry is from £10 after 7pm, music starts at 8pm. Paul Deats plays jazz piano at the same venue between 12-4pm for afternoon tea.
Sunday February 2Saxophonist Ben Martin’s Quartet perform at the earlier than usual time of 1-3pm at The Lion at Basford because of the rugby; in the band are Andrew ‘Woody’ Wood on drums, Martyn Spencer on bass and Dan Johnson on guitar.  Saxophonist and flautist Ed Marchewicz joins Paul Deats on the grand back at Peggy’s for a mezinee concert at 1pm, entry is from £3.

Wednesday February 5
Saxophonist Will Howard is joined by Elliot Roffe on double bass and Simon Henry on drums to play swinging sounds of the 1950s and 60s at Peggy’s.  Entry is £4 from 7pm.
Thursday February 6Trumpeter Hugh Pascall’s Quartet play exemplary hard bop featuring James Allsopp on sax, Dave Whitford on bass and Dave Storey on drums, entry is £6 from 7pm, music starts at 8pm.

Please do support live music – where no entry fee is mentioned assume your purchases at the venue pay the musicians.


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