Jazz is still predominantly the music of the city, but some English shires have more to offer than others for the rural jazz fan looking longingly at the London listings but dreading that drive down the M1. Editor-at-Large Peter Bacon looks at what’s coming up in the Shakespeare county.
There are big-name visitors next month in the form of vocalist Norma Winstone and saxophonist Tim Garland. And the summer 2017 gig list for Stratford is looking particularly impressive.
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Meanwhile, just down the road on Friday 19 May, the Kenilworth Jazz Club (KJC) will be presenting the Tim Garland Electric Quartet. This concert is given in association with Kenilworth Arts Festival and will be the first jazz gig in the newly refurbished St John’s Parish Church in the town. KJC’s David Logan says the church has had major modernisation with new seating, flooring, sound and lighting system – it might be a modest parish church but “it is a credible venue”.
At Jazz Coventry, which has said a sad farewell to one of its founders, William Shaw, who died earlier this month, the upcoming Thursday programme at its regular venue The Albany Club includes: the Dave Newton Trio with guest Nat Steel (29 April), the Annie Whitehead Quartet (25 May), and the John Etheridge Blue Spirit Trio (19 October).
To find out more about all these jazz clubs follow the links below:
Kenilworth Jazz Club
Very sorry to hear of the passing of William Shaw who did a great job enthusiastically promoting jazz in the area for many years.
Good that jazz here in the Midlands is being covered and appreciated – and not that far out of London! For those interested in more information go to http://interplayjazz.co.uk/ or https://www.wegottickets.com/event/391966
Thanks Matthew – yes, good jazz doesn't just happen in London – it goes on everywhere, which is why, just as the London Review Of Books does not restrict itself to books from, set in or about London, so LondonJazz News roams far and wide in the pursuit of good jazz to shout about – to the Midlands, to Scotland, to Europe, to the U.S. and further…