Jazz Musings: September

Young Suffolk jazz star Harry Greene makes a return to Lowestoft’s Milestones Jazz Club this month. The 19 year old tenor saxophonist and guitarist already has an enviable local reputation and as a BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2014 semi-finalist a burgeoning national one too. Relishing the jazz tradition of improvisation and commanding the respect of leading musicians, Harry’s hard-swinging, mature style and bluesy vitality on a series of well-loved standards and jazz classics recalls the Blue Note saxophonists of the 1960’s like Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon and Stanley Turrentine. Featuring Alan Carruthers (bass guitar) and Joe Taylor (drums). Catch Harry there on Sunday, September 3. A month later (1/10) Milestones bring us the brand new trio from the Perrier award winning tenor/soprano saxophonist Josephine Davies. Influenced by the great live trio recordings of Joe Henderson and Julian Arguelles, Satori have created a similar group feeling of freedom and exploration, playful original compositions that harness melody and groove with plenty of room for improvisation. Also featuring the wonderful Dave Whitford (double bass) and Paul Clarvis (drums). Milestones meets on the first Sunday of every month at Hotel Hatfield on Lowestoft’s seafront.

Cambridge Modern Jazz Club provides top class British and international jazz at Hidden Rooms, an intimate cocktail bar and events venue underneath Pizza Express in Jesus Lane in central Cambridge. This month the Dave O’Higgins and Geoff Gascoyne Quartet are appearing. Born in Birmingham, Dave first emerged on the British jazz scene in the 1980s. After playing in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra for three years he joined the band of Jim Mullen before moving on to Martin Taylor’s band. He formed the quartet in 2010 with Sebastiaan de Krom on drums, Graham Harvey on piano and co-led with bassist Geoff Gascoyne. The two leaders take equal responsibility to write & arrange a selection of “contrafacts” (new tunes written to changes of favourite standards). Geoff has been a professional musician for over 30 years. He has worked with a massive range of musicians across a wide variety of formats. He has appeared on over 100 recordings and has toured the world many times. In the last ten years Geoff has turned his attention to music production work. On Thursday, September 28 they’re joined by Rob Barron on keyboards and Rod Youngs on drums.

The Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club fires up again on Sunday, October 1 after their short summer break. The new season starts with bassist Matt Ridley, an imaginative soloist with a brace of albums to his credit. While deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, Ridley prefers to create a unique sound-world. At the heart of each composition is a strong, melodic theme, incorporating classical, groove-based styles and World Music, while the ferocious improvisational skills of each member make for absorbing and entertaining listening. Alongside him will be Jason Yarde who started out with the Jazz Warriors. He went on to MD this landmark orchestra, becoming one of its principal writers. He has been twice-nominated for a BBC Jazz award for Innovation and has performed with the big bands of McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, Hermeto Pascoal, Sam Rivers and Manu Dibango. Also in the line-up is John Turville who’s a creative, versatile, imaginative and multi-award winning pianist who has recorded two acclaimed CDs under his own name while Matt’s drummer George Hart has worked and recorded with Phil Donkin, Ivo Neame, Brigitte Beraha and Solstice. More recently, George has been touring and recording with Swing Out Sister.