Jazz music diary with Alan Joyce
OVER the years saxophonist Gilad Atzmon's music has moved more and more towards a cultural hybrid. As a bandleader and reed player he has been amazing his listeners with his powerful personal style that combines great bebop artistry and Middle-Eastern roots in a sophisticated, sometimes ironical manner. The maverick, award-winning saxophonist and his Orient House Ensemble – with Frank Harrison (piano), Yaron Stavi(bass) and Eddie Hick (drums) – returns to play for Jazzsteps on Thursday in the Bonington Theatre, Arnold, with material from his latest album Songs Of The Metropolis. Atzmon's latest compositions are a sweeping homage to our great cities, from Moscow to Buenos Aires and beyond.
ANOTHER great favourite with Jazzsteps' audiences, Marlene VerPlanck, plays a gig tomorrow for Lincoln Jazz, in Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln. Marlene has almost everything one could ask for in a singer of classic American songs. In her early career she was a backing singer for Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Tony Bennett, and played Carnegie Hall to rave reviews
A FULL house is expected tonight at Beeston JazzClub for the visit of local jazz vocalist Suzanne Mellard at the club's headquarters in the Commercial Inn, Wollaton Road, Beeston. Suzanne is accompanied by her partner Andy Ferguson playing drums with Neil Hunter (piano) and Geoff Pearson (bass) from the club's resident BoHop Trio.
STAYING on the theme of female jazz singers, Melody Baku has two local gigs in the coming week; first with her group Take 4 at the Goose At Gamston on Tuesday and at the Earl Of Chesterfield, Manor Lane, Shelford, on Wednesday, where she will be accompanied by guitarist Paul Martin.
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RISLEY PARK Traditional Jazz Club's visiting band on Wednesday features the music of Peter Franks' Dixieland All-Stars. Working around the North and Midlands of England, bassist Frank organises and controls six musicians who have all led or lead bands of their own. However, the formula seems to work as the band has starred at numerous jazz festivals across England and Wales and is a favourite at many of the jazz clubs where it has appeared.