DUNDEE Sun 14: The Sunnysiders
Sun 28: Calum McKenzie Qrt

Sun 21: Brian Molley Qrt with Krishna Kishor

Jazz Bar
Mon 1: Jazz Bar Big Band
Wed 3: Louise Dodds
Fri 5: Milen Kirov
Sat 6: Jazzmain
Mon 8 – Tue 9: Rory Ingham & Fergus McCreadie
Tue 16 – Sat 20: Brian Kellock & Colin Steele
Fri 19 – Sat 20: Brian Molley Qrt with Krishna Kishor
Tue 23: Martin Kershaw & Colin Steele
Wed 24 – Sun 28: Valery Ponomarev

Blue Arrow

Sat 6: Milen Kirov
Fri 12: Cahill-Costello
Fri 19: Matt Gough Qnt

Glad Cafe
Tue 23: Anoushka Nanguy

Old Hairdressers
Thu 18: Brian Molley Qrt with Krishna Kishor

Beacon Arts Centre
Thu 25: Louise Dodds

LONDON 606 Club
Mon 1: Bobby Quigley Organ Trio
Tue 9: Simon Lasky
Mon 15: Ray Russell
Thu 18: Kate Williams Qrt
Tue 23: Mark Lockheart
Wed 24: Guillermo Hill
Wed 31: Allison Neale

Ronnie Scott’s
Mon 1: Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra
Tue 2: James Copus
Wed 3: Donald Harrison
Thu 4: Kurt Rosenwinkel
Mon 8 – Wed 7: Ruby Turner
Thu 11 – Fri 12: Avishai Cohen Trio
Tue 16 – Thu 18: Mingus Dynasty

(NB – this is not intended as a comprehensive list. Other gigs are available.)


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Rob Adams, who does such a fantastic job of informing the wide world what´s going on in live jazz in the UK, tells Sidetracks And Detours that August can often be quiet as jazz promoters recharge their batteries before launching a new season.  You could have fooled me, Rob!  The list above seems to us, at Sidetracks And Detours, to have something for everyone.

However, Rob also reminds us that August can also offer the potential for trips away from the usual haunts, like taking the ferry to Dunoon to see saxophonist Brian Molley´s Intercontinental project.

First, though, there is a new series of concerts in Hawick featuring music of different styles with the jazz element getting off to a strong start.  Saxophonist Konrad (left) and pianist Brian Kellock may be a relatively new pairing but their repertoire gives these two masters the chance to explore jazz standards and spontaneously create fresh excitement.  This will be melodic, swinging, accessible jazz at the Heart of Hawick on Friday 5th August 2022.

The aforementioned Brian Molloy´s group, featuring special guest, the Indian percussionist Krishna Kishnor, have had fantastic reviews for their latest album, Intercontinental album, not least from Songlines magazine.  That is the latest publication to approve the album, describing it as a á sublime and compelling cross-cultural conversation´.  The group plays the Old Hairdressers in Glasgow on Thursday 18th August and then two nights at The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh on the 19th and 20th of the month before going across to Dunoon Burgh Hall on Sunday 21st August for a 3.00 pm start.

Meanwhile Beacon Jazz Club continues to present leading musicians on the Scottish scene, and August´s guest is singer Louise Dodds (left).  Her current album is the intriguingly titled The Story Needs An Ending and has been warmly received with glowing reviews.  Jazzwise described it as ´strongly cathartic´ and the Scotsman also enthused about Louise delving so deeply into her own life experiences.  You will be able to hear and judge for yourselves when Louise takes her quartet to The Beacon Arts Centre on 25th August.

Not only are there positive stories of live jazz music in the UK at the moment but there is also heady success for one of our favourite Jazz Radio programmes, Hot Biscuits, presented by our friend Steve Bewick, (below right) a regular contributor to these pages.  So we´ll let Steve himself tell you all about it.

Thanks, Norm, If I could play the trumpet now might be a good time to blow it as M-Cloud had placed me 6th in their global Jazz vocals listings and 8th in their global Cool Jazz listing. Now might be a good time for listeners old and new to check out how I reached these dizzy heights by catching my archive additions during July.  There they will find broadcasts about Czeslaw Kazimierek and his notions of Time, Terry Pack´s Trees, Israeli sounds from guitarist Ofer Shapira, live sessions from the Johnny Hunter and the Kyran Matthews Quartet, as well as the Joe Parnell Quartet.

Steve, and his co-presenting buddy Gary Heywood-Everett both really know their jazz stuff and Steve is great in identifying the local talent on his North West beat of the UK jazz scene, but he is always keen to check out visiting musicians from other parts of the UK to help him deliver the best of jazz on his Hot Biscuits broadcasts.

His latest mix-cloud performance is of a Hot Biscuits programme in which Steve and Gary Heywood-Everett share airtime with Fusebox, featuring Ken Serio, Mike Stern & Brian Charette.  Music also from The Lara Eidi Trio, Peter Oxley & Nicolas Meier Guitar Project, Liane Carroll, Matyas Gayer Trio and Fiona Ross.  If you like the looks of this share with your friends and tune in at www.mixcloud.com/stevebewick which will take you to the beginning of the show and you can hear it 24/7.

We have previously observed here at Sidetracks And Detours that of all the genres of music in the UK, jazz seems to have the most tightly-knit communities and the most comprehensive networking system with so many jazz magazines, newspapers, radio stations, programmes and listing agencies such as Music That´s Going Places, Jazz In Reading and Ribble Valley Jazz And Blues Festival all providing regular news updates, and we would like to think that the synergy we enjoy with Steve at Hot Biscuits somehow contributes to all this.

A lady who has appeared on both Steve´s Hot Biscuits radio output and on these pages over the last twelve months or so is jazz singer Beverley Beirne (left) .  As we noted in our feature, The Fifty Best Of on Friday 29th July.  Beverley began a residency last week at The Ticket Office in Ilkely and took to Facebook to tell us all of what an exciting night it was.  So again, I´ll let Beverley herself tell you all about it.

The first night of the residency at The Ticket Office, Ilkley went down so well.  What an amazing night!!!

Instead of being in the back room as planned, due to the large numbers who booked tables, the venue turned their front bar into a jazz club for the night and extra bar staff were drafted in!  Even the owner Adam was behind the bar at one point!!!

What an incredible atmosphere!  I can´t tell you!  I always think you need the holy trinity of band, venue and audience just right to his that sweet spot.  We´re all in it together and all 3 teams his that perfect note!

I couldn´t be more grateful!!!

I´m so lucky to work with such amazing musiticans, so thank you Jason Scott (Piano) and Emlyn Vaughn (Double Bass).  Thanks also to Michelle Ingham and Jenny Bray for sitting in.

Huge thanks to The Ticket Office for going above and beyond and of course a massive thank you to all the wonderful people who came out and helped us to create such a beautiful night!

I left a little book for the audience to comment in ´A little slice of the London Jazz Scene in Ilkley´, ´Reminds me of Diana Krall´high praise indeed!!! (I´ve attached some photos of a selection of them) and some photos of the evening.

I´ve also attached a poster on my facebook page for next month´s Hot Club Jazz gig, Thursday 25th August 7.30 pm with amazing musicians James Birkett (Guitar) and Emlyn Vaughn (Double Bass)! (Please book early to get a seat)!!!

Having mentioned Jazz In Reading earlier, we should perhaps close by sharing their latest news message with our readers.

On Sunday 7th August the guests, Alan Grahame (right), on vibes and percussion and Ken McCarthy on piano, at Pangbourne Jazz Club will be backed by the club´s rhythm section.

Pianist Ken McCarthy studied composition at the Guildhall School of music and played in the experimental bands of Mike Westbrook, John Surman and Mike Osbourne.

He later based himself in Amsterdam and toured Europe and Japan with many visiting American Jazz stars.  He broadened his horizons to TV and recording sessions and orchestral work.  He has also developed a career as a musical director and arranger, his credits include many West End shows including – “Bubbling Brown Sugar!, “42nd Street”, “Barnum” and “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.

Ken has also been personal accompanist and director for Dame Vera Lynn, the late Roy Castle and singer Vince Hill.  He has always had a keen interest in “classical music”.

This very experienced musician with a long successful musical career spanning 40+ years, playing alongside Alan Grahame will surely provide another very special night at this great venue.  Jazz fans can pay their ten pounds entry on the door on the night or book on line to ensure they don´t miss this event which starts at 7.30 pm.

Please remember this information was provided by Jazz In Reading, an organisation which stages regular events with top-class bands at Reading´s Progress Theatre.

See the current programme here

They list jazz events in Reading and the wider area at no charge – simply submit your gig details.  Jazz In Reading also offers an affordable service to further promote events – such as the one above – by email: details here.

Jazz In Reading, using its extensive contacts in the jazz world, is in an excellent position to help you find the right band for your wedding, party or other special occasion.

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