MARILYN Crispell is highly rated as one of the most excellent contemporary jazz pianists on the current UK scene. She came to prominence performing free jazz in the 1980s as a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet, Reggie Workman Ensemble, Barry Guy New Orchestra and London Jazz Composers' Orchestra where she first worked with saxophonist Harrison Smith and drummer Eddie Prevost, who appear alongside her for a Jazzsteps gig in the Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts Centre on Tuesday – the band's only tour date outside London. Marilyn discovered jazz through the music of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and other contemporary jazz players and composers. .
DRUMMER Steve Smith's Art Blakey Heritage Band plays music that is dedicated to honouring the legacy of many of the great jazz drummers such as Blakey, "Philly" Joe Jones and Elvin Jones. The band, which plays the Sunday afternoon session at the Lion, also performs original compositions and arrangements written by the individual band members.
BEST-KNOWN for her three-year stint with the Humphrey Lyttelton band, Karen Sharp has played alongside many prominent British musicians since she took up playing the tenor saxophone while studying composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. A friend introduced her to a recording of Dexter Gordon and she was instantly hooked, quickly joining the college jazz band and finding regular work in a busy soul band based in Liverpool. Since relocating to London, Karen has become a busy freelance musician and plays for Jazz At Dexter's in the Five Ways on Tuesday.
TRADITIONAL jazz from trombonist Richard Leach's Clubhouse Five at Risley Park Traditional Jazz Club on Wednesday; the band perpetuates the freewheeling Dixieland style of the late, great Alex Welsh.
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FEATURING some of Ireland and the UK's top traditional jazz musicians, drummer Des Hopkins' Original Guinness Jazz plays for Nottingham Rhythm Club in the Stadium Leisure Snooker Club next Thursday. The band has accompanied many famous international artists, such the legendary Peanuts Hucko, Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball.