The week ahead:
Friday December 6
Stomping into the weekend are Callejondo at Peggy’s Skylight on George Street in Hockley; charisma, sensuality, passion, rhythm and elegance are their major qualities; straight from Seville, dancer, Rebeca Ortega is accompanied by guitarist, Martín Revuelo Jr. plus a special guest singer to bring you their fresh Flamenco; simple, old, innovative, and performative. Entry is £12 from 7pm. Pianist Dickie Baker and I join PRS aka Si Potts on drums, Steve Rodda on guitar and Mat Short on bass at Stray’s in Newark for an evening of popular standards plus a few seasonal songs; entry is £5 – booking in advance is recommended, music starts at 8pm.
Saturday December 7
Saxophonist Matt Telfer’s Quartet present The Best Of Blue Note at Peggy’s from 7pm, entry is £14 seated dining. They also present afternoon tea between 12-5pm accompanied by Paul Deats’ jazz piano.
Sunday December 8
Me and Mr Jones (aka are Rachel Foster on voice and Paul Deats on keys) perform a Mezinee session at Peggy’s; it’s £3 entry from 1pm. I’m singing with the Martyn Spencer Trio featuring Matt Ratcliffe on keys and Andrew Wood on drums from 1.30-3.30pm at The Lion at Basford. Pianist lauded by the stars Dom Pipkin brings a Smokin’ Boogie back to Peggy’s from 6pm with Tales of the Big Easy, Bourbon and Bad Boys entry is £10/8.
Monday December 9
The Alfa Big Swing Band return to the Village Inn in Marehay at 8.30pm.
Tuesday December 10
Chronology Quartet perform at Dexter’s Jazz Club at The Headstocks in Cinderhill; Brian Bestall is on drums, Martin O’Kane tenor saxophone, Steve Black guitar and Graham Jones double bass. Expect a broad range of approaches, combining buoyant Latin grooves, delicate atmospheric offerings and driving swing – compositions from the post-war jazz period 1950-1980 including their favourite Blue Note modern jazz. Entry is £6 at 8pm.
Wednesday December 11
Young drummer Jack Yardley brings his Quintet to Peggy’s from 7pm featuring Ben Vize and Jake Burgess on tenor saxophones, Lyle Barton on the grand piano and Matt Gedrych on double bass; they play beautiful, open and driving compositions.
Thursday December 12
Jazz Steps welcome Empirical to the Bonington Theatre in Arnold; they are among the most admired and individual-sounding bands in contemporary jazz featuring the delicate line up of Nathaniel Facey on alto sax, Lewis Wright on vibes, Tom Farmer on bass and Shaney Forbes on drums. Music starts at 8pm and entry is £12/5 NUS. The Nottingham Jazz Orchestra presents Alan Barnes’ A Christmas Carol at St. Giles Church West Bridgford at 7.30pm; Alan is the reeds man, narrator and composer leading the incredible big band featuring Nathan Bray on trumpet too. Tickets are available online via their website Nottsjazz.co.uk or on the door. Pianist Matt Ratcliffe’s Trio present Jazz Goes to the Pictures at Peggy’s from 7pm.
Where no entry fee is mentioned assume your purchases from the venue support the musicians.