by Norman Warwick

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (left) complete their Where Rivers Meet concert tour at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 1st. There’s still time to catch them in Edinburgh and Aberdeen beforehand as they bring the music from their internationally acclaimed latest album to the stage. Celebrating saxophone heroes, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Anthony Braxton and Dewey Redman, Where Rivers Meet features stirring, brilliant arrangements with soloists, Konrad Wiszniewski, Martin Kershaw, Adam Jacksons and Tommy Smith playing with passion and fire.

Saxophonist Paul Towndrow presents a new international group at the Merchants House in Glasgow on Sunday 2nd. A collaboration with Chicago-based trumpeter Chad McCullough, and Slovakian vibraphonist Miro Herak, Atlantic Road Trip also features bassist Conor Murray and drummer Alyn Cosker. The group’s music draws on the European folk traditions and their historical interplay with music from Africa, South America, and beyond.

Pianist Fergus McCreadie’s trio (right) plays an afternoon spot at Callander Jazz Festival on Sunday 2nd. Fergus is currently in the running for the Jazz FM Awards and the Scottish Album of the Year award, as well as the Mercury Prize. The trio also features at Islay Jazz Festival, which runs from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th.

Tommy Smith continues his solo saxophone odyssey with a concert at Crossmichael Church in Castle Douglas on Friday 7th. Melodies from the jazz ballad, folk and classical traditions will be spontaneously selected and delivered with consummate musicianship and wonderful tone production in a beautiful setting.

The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra celebrates its 20th anniversary in Glasgow on Saturday 15th and in Edinburgh on Sunday 16th. Referring back recently to their latest album, Effervescence (left) from 2016, it was noticeable just how many of these players had progressed both to significant careers of their own and to membership of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. The current TSYJO line-up will feature music from that album plus pieces by Ellington, Basie, and Gillespie in these anniversary concerts.

Saxophonist Matt Carmichael (right) releases his second album, Marram towards the end of the month. the follow up to the enthusiuastically received Where Will The River Flow, Marram emphaises the Scotish influences in Matt´s music and adds award-winning fiddler, and adds Charlie Stewart to the personnel at play on its predecessor. Matt´´s quintet with Charlie, pianist Fergus mcCreadie, bassist Ali Watson  and drummer Tom Potter plays at Biuggar Municipal Hall  on Friday 28th October.

Red Door Promotions return to St. Peter´s Scottish Episcopal Church oin Linlitghgow Hiugh Street with the superb saxophone-piano duo of Brian Molley and Tom Gibbs on Friday 28th October. Brian´s recent album, Intercontinental, which features Tom´s masterly pianism, has been widelñy praised and the duo are sure to impress in the lovely, intimate surroundings of St. Petedr´s.

Dutch jazz-funk band, Tristan, return to the Uk with their new singer, Jayc ilee Teterissa and music from their latest album What Could Possibly Go Wrong? the band, who regularly attract rave reviews for their skill,energy and exciting performances, play IN Sweansea on Thursday 27th October, in Ipswich, on  Friday 28th October in London on Sunday 29th October.

There are no live dates confirmed yet for New Zealanders Golsmith Baynes, but their debut album, R Rere Ra has been attracting musch praise. The review in Simply Jazz Talk declared it ´truly uplifting and remakable´ And the London Jazz Live radio programme chose it as an album of the week. If you´d like to sample their music, which has been described as ´soulful, sensual and wise´ try this video of album track Tipuna


Blue Lamp
Sun 2: Melodie & the Chillers/Lewis Benzies Qrt (2pm)
Thu 6: Phil Bancroft’s Beautiful Storm
Thu 13: Fat-Suit
Thu 20: Dancing with Embers
Thu 27: Trish Clowes’ My Iris
Municipal Hall
Wed 26: Matt Carmichael

Castle Douglas
Crossmichael Church
Fri 7: Tommy Smith

The Caird
Sun 9: The Sunnysiders (1:30pm to 4pm)
Sun 30: The Sellars Brothers (1:30pm to 4pm)

Assembly Roxy
Sun 16: Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra (2pm)

Jazz Bar
Sat 1: World Premier Qnt
Sun 2: Georgia Cecile
Wed 5: Jazzmain
Fri 7: Mahuki Cadre
Thu 13: Boptimism
Fri 14: Dave Bristow Qnt
Sun 16: Fat-Suit

Thu 6: Playtime with Sue McKenzie
Thu 20: Playtime with Phil Bancroft

St Brides
Fri 21: Dancing with Embers
Fri 28: Seonaid Aitken: Chasing Sakura  

Traverse Theatre
Wed 12: Espen Eriksen Trio

Blue Arrow
Thu 13: Dave Bristow Qnt
Thu 20: Matthew Kilner Qnt

Drygate Brewery
Sat 15: Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra (2pm)

Glad Cafe
Tue 11: Rachel Lightbody

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Sat 1: Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Merchants House
Sun 2: Paul Towndrow’s Atlantic Road Trip

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Fri 28: Matt Carmichael (1pm)

Beacon Arts Centre
Thu 27: Rose Room

St Michael’s Scottish Episcopal Church
Fri 28: Brian Molley & Tom Gibbs

606 Club
Thu 6: Tim Garland
Mon 17: Dave Bristow Qnt
Tue 18: Larry Goldings

Ronnie Scott’s
Sat 1: Bill Charlap Trio
Tue 4: Keyon Harrold
Wed 5: Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius
Mon 10: Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard
Tue 11: Gretchen Parlato
Wed 12: Bob Reynolds
Thu 13: Robert Mitchell’s True Think
Fri 21-Sat 22: Theo Croker

(As always, this list isn’t intended to be comprehensive. Other gigs are available.) 

Ribble Valley Jazz And Blues reminded us about Marsden Jazz Festival.

So, we checked it out line and it sounds pretty mind-blowing, so we would be very remiss not to the thank rvjb and we are delighted to share the information with our readers.

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, who seems to the office of Sidetracks And Detours to be producing frequent and excellent work in that role, will be appearing soon at Marsden Jazz Festival with his group LYR. He and the area are very familiar to each other so perhaps we shouldn´t be too surprised that his festival gig on 6th October has already sold out. Having said, the intriguing music of the band has been well received by fans and industry and crticis alike and that doth ticket sales make.

This individual pre-festival gig is both a celebration of National Poetry Day and a fundraiser for St Barts and Marsden Jazz Festival. LYR (Land Yacht Regatta, left)) comprises author and current British Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage CBE, musician Richard Walters and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Pearson. LYR sets Armitage’s live spoken evocative vocals to genre splicing music and soundscapes from Walters and Pearson.

Broadcaster, novelist, playwright, translator, lyricist and Poet Laureate Simon Armitage has described Marsden as “the epicentre” of his writing, and the lives and landscapes of West Yorkshire continue to echo through his work.

On National Poetry Day he returns to the village where he grew up to read from his award winning collections, share new work, and perform with Land Yacht Regatta alongside singer-songwriter Richard Walters and multi-instrumentalist/producer Patrick James Pearson. Formed in 2018 as a one-off project, LYR are now a firmly established part of the contemporary music scene, with regular radio airplay, a critically acclaimed debut album and over a million streams to their name. Having appeared at several festivals across the summer, they kick off their autumn tour by bringing their uniquely hypnotic songs to Marsden Jazz Festival.

★★★★ ‘Compelling, dramatic’, The Telegraph
‘Impassioned vocals and soaring strings’, The Guardian

Please note, this event is not included in the Full Festival Pass, but is an individual ticketed event to raise funds for MJF and St Barts ahead of the full festival lineup. Head to for all ticket links.

We’re honoured to be sharing this fundraiser with the beautiful St Barts – the venue for ALL of our festival activity this year! Described as the ‘Cathedral of the Colne Valley’, it feels like a fitting backdrop for our Poet Laureate’s return to the village.

Other artists appearing to deliver Jazz In The Yorkshire Pennines´´ include The Gary Crosby Trio and Ruby Wood, playing on 7th October.

Gary Crosby Trio presents A Stolen Moment. Bassist, band leader and co-founder of Tomorrow’s Warriors, Gary Crosby OBE brings together his trio for a show exploring his personal love affair with the jazz standard.

Drawing inspiration from the title of the Oliver Gordon composition, Stolen Moments, for this performance, Gary will be joined by classical piano virtuoso Alex Ho and Mercury Prize nominee Moses Boyd.

As part of his rehabilitation following a stroke in 2018, Gary focussed on a back-to-basics approach to jazz and blues in this new trio, exploring the link between jazz standards and the great American songbook through the music of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and more.

The Trio will be joined by special guest Zoe Gilby, Parliamentary Awards Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2019.

Hailing from Huddersfield, Ruby Wood has got Marsden Jazz Festival in her DNA, having been visiting and performing at the festival since her early childhood. Ruby’s distinctive and soulful vocal tones have led to global success as the frontwoman of the Submotion Orchestra and to her being an in-demand collaborator for musicians and producers, such as Bonobo, Nubiyan Twist, The Sugar Sisters, Alfa Mist, Linden Jay and Jordan Rakei to name a few.

Ruby is currently working on new solo material and album with Arts Council England support. She is performing with Martin Chung (guitar), Dave Kane (bass) and Joe Luckin (drums) in Marsden. We’re thrilled to be welcoming Ruby back to the stunning acoustics of St Bart’s, where she performed last as part of our Chronotope Project in 2019 (see below)

The weekend then brings a busier schedule with four acts due to appear on Saturday 8th October; Emma Rawioz, Persuance (laura Cole and Walt Shaw), Anthropology Band and Robert Mitchell´s True Think.

“A force to be reckoned with’‘ (Jazz Wise) and “a fast rising star” (London Jazz News), Emma (left) is an award-winning saxophonist and composer, who is already making waves in the UK music scene, regularly playing major London jazz venues. Her debut album Incantation has garnered great critical acclaim and media interest. Influenced by a range from modern jazz and fusion to folk and soul, her music has a unique sound which fuses genres.

Her compositions range from lilting Afro Cuban-inspired grooves, to hard hitting modern jazz and funk numbers. Her new quintet with top-flight sidemen Ivo Neame (piano), Ant Law (guitar), Connor Chaplin (bass) and Asaf Sirkis (drums) promises to be an electric gig and we can’t wait to hear the studio album she has planned with this ensemble.

Pursuance (right) is a multimedia experience devised by pianist and composer Laura Cole and visual artist and percussionist Walt Shaw. The two have collaborated a number of times, notably, ‘Engine Room Favourites’ and ‘Deep Tide Quartet’, both run by Martin Archer. They will be joined by imaginative performer and improviser Faye MacCalman on sax and clarinet and award-winning, MJF regular Lara Jones on sax and electronic soundscapes for this performance commissioned especially for Marsden Jazz Festival.

At the start of the first lockdown, Laura sent Walt some of her poetry, which inspired him to respond with some new paintings. Similarly, Walt sent images of some of his new work to Laura, which inspired poem responses from her, and a collaborative project came into being; they have entitled this project ‘Pursuance’. The integration of Walt and Laura’s percussion and piano sounds – in conjunction with the texts and visual imagery – seemed a natural and organic progression as part of the project, in an ongoing expression of their collaboration and friendship across different disciplines.

Photo Credits: Martin Archer/Brian Homer.

Taking the electric music of Miles Davis as its starting point, Anthropology Band is a collaboration between trumpeter Charlotte Keefe and multi-instrumentalist Martin Archer.

Anthropology Band finds atmosphere through a deep rhythm, a searing blues run, a delicate melody, or a cascading solo statement. Band leader Martin Archer has kept the music simple and the structures loose, driven by the bassline, to enable this Who’s Who of UK creative musicians to let the music breathe in a different way each time it’s performed.

There are multiple chordal instruments in the centre of the sound, allowing each soloist to sit on a kaleidoscopic wave of intercrossing figures which push the music forward. Keefe and Archer are joined by Orphy Robinson (xylosynth), Pat Thomas (keyboard), Chris Sharkey (guitar), Anton Hunter (guitar), Dave Sturt (bass) and Adam Fairclough (drums)

“An outstanding collection of improvisers with a programme that is inspired by, but definitely not copied from, electric Miles. It’s how Miles might have sounded if his collaboration with Jimi Hendrix and Gil Evans had come about. Keeffe is a real find, and when Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas started feeding off each other, the audience erupted.” – Peter Slavid, review of Liverpool International Jazz Festival gig.

Anthropology Band live is supported by project funding from Arts Council England.

As one of the most significant voices in British Jazz, Robert Mitchell is a multi-faceted creator, pianist, composer, improviser, writer, poet and much more. As Gilles Peterson put it, “a very important, influential musician”. True Think is a multi-generational, multi-cultural reflection of several periods of Robert Mitchell’s journey. They will perform music from their new album of powerful songs of protest, love and peace.

Robert will be joined on stage by Liselotte Östblom on vocals, multi-instrumentalist Zayn Mohammed on guitar, bassist/keys player Tom Mason, and drummer and percussionist Saleem Raman. Together, they blend electronic, jazz, RnB, spoken word, film and folk influences to create a unique sound.

Robert Mitchell is a familiar pianist to MJF audiences, having played with Jean Toussaint and Tom Harrison/Cleveland Watkiss in past festivals. This is a special opportunity to get a sneak preview of this incredible band a few days before they launch their new album, Hold the Light/The New Resistance, at Ronnie Scotts on 13 October.

Photo Credit: WAB Studios/Jelani Pomell

Marsden Jazz festival then closes on Sunday 9th October with performances from The Samantha Binotti Quintet, The Ne CVrosland Quintet (telling Solway Stories) and Arun Ghosh playing from his album Canticles Of the Sun.

Italian-born, Leeds-based vibraphonist and composer Samantha Binotti, (left) performs her most recent project at Marsden Jazz Festival. Born during the pandemic, this musical journey affirms her unique rhythmic and soulful sound as an artist.

Alongside Sam Dolling on piano, Hyo Jung on guitar*, Joe Wilkes on double bass and Eddie Bowes on drums, Binotti brings melodic atmospheres combined with overwhelming rhythms and improvisations taking great inspiration from artists such as Aaron Parks, Bill Laurance and Ludovico Einaudi. As a recent graduate of Leeds Conservatoire, Binotti received vibraphone tuition from Huddersfield native and former MJF commissioned artist Jonny Mansfield.

*update: due to a change of plan, it will now be Jordan Hume on guitar

Solway Stories is a collection of twelve original compositions by bassist and composer Ben Crosland. The music was inspired by his 1988 visit with his mother to the beautiful area of South West Scotland, bordering the Solway Firth.

Following the trip, Ben Crosland was rapt by it’s captivating landscape and placenames. Thirty years later, when caring for his mother, he chanced upon a video of Richard Thompson performing Beeswing. It immediately struck a chord as one of the placenames from this memorable trip and inspired Crosland to produce Solway Stories

Performed by an all star band (right) featuring Steve Waterman on trumpet/flugelhorn, Chris Allard on guitar, Steve Lodder on piano and keyboard and Caroline Boaden on drums, “Crosland has produced yet another winning album” (Jazz Journal).

Ben Crosland has been associated with Marsden Jazz Festival since it was first conceived in 1991. His expertise and network have been critical to the programming of three decades of MJF. He has brought many ensembles to Marsden and MJF has commissioned new music by Ben over the years, including An Open Place (2011) and The Ray Davies Songbook (2016).

Clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh (left) presents a spiritual jazz reimagining of St. Francis of Assisi’s mystical and sublime prayer, The Canticle of the Sun. Performed by a contemporary eight-piece ensemble, this is life-affirming new music, in praise of nature and the Universe. Other-worldly vocal melodies soar over the group’s hypnotic rhythms, searching harmony and meditative ambient textures, revealing a transcendental sound. Written in the Umbrian dialect in the 13th Century, The Canticle of the Sun expresses St. Francis’ all-encompassing love for the natural world, and for humanity. His flowing verses call out in praise of our Celestial world: the Sun, the Moon and the Stars; our natural elements; Air, Water, Fire and Mother Earth; and the universal themes of Love, Devotion, Death and Peace.

In his own words, the sound “draws connection between Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane on one hand and Gregorian chant, Gospel and even Qawwali” on the other. With Arun Ghosh on clarinet, keyboard and guitar, Seaming To and Irini Arabatzi on vocals, Mieko Shimizu on keyboards, harmonium and vocals, Camilla George on alto sax, Ruth Goller on electric bass, Davide Mantovani on double bass and Dave Walsh on drums and percussion, this is set to be a grandest of finales to our 30th year!

“If melody is a gift, Arun Ghosh might be the most gifted man in jazz.” – London Jazz News

Seaming To is “ astonishing vocalist of haunting emotional power.” The Guardian

Produced by Sound UK. Co-commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

You can check out all artists, venues, and booking arrangments at the wonderful festival home page at

JIr LOGO Meanwhile Jazz In Reading have given us news of aq gvreat gig at The Progress and an exciting festival, coming up in the area later  in the month, of music and art with world-class performers and artists taking part.

 Jazz at Progress

brought to you by Jazz in Reading

Friday 21 October 2022

The Progress Theatre is on The Mount, Off Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL

Bar at all gigs from 7:00pm. Drinks may be taken into the auditorium during performances. 

Progress Theatre is a self-governing, self-funding theatre group founded in 1947, maintained by volunteers. The theatre itself is an intimate 95-seat venue. It is the oldest operating theatre in Reading and has a fully licensed bar. There is wheelchair access to the theatre with a space for disabled patrons. In 2011 Sir Kenneth Branagh became the Patron to Progress Theatre. 

Click here for directions, information about parking facilities at the theatre and a map.

THE POWER OF THREE (right) will be the guests at the venue on Friday 21st October. To give their individual names allow us to introduce you to Tommaso Starace playing reeds, Jim Watson at the piano and Dave Chamberlain on bass. Always on the look out for musicians who have something new to add to the jazz genre, Jazz In Reading are pleased to present a leader, who has not yet graced the stage at Progress, Tommaso Starace, presenting music from his recent album, The Power Of Three.

Born in Milan, when nineteen Tommaso moved to the United Kingdom where he graduated at Birmingham Conservatoire with a BMus First Class Honours and later at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama with a Postgraduate Degree in jazz studies. Over the past 22 years Tommaso has performed with some of the most respected jazz musicians including Billy Cobham, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Jim Mullen, Jonathan Gee, Fabrizio Bosso, Paolo Fresu, Laurence Cottle. In 2004 he collaborated with award winning Oscar film composer Dario Marianelli (‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘ The Atonement’) recording music for ‘This Little Life’, a BBC drama for Channel Four.

Starace’s Power Of Three  project explores some of his original compositions  and also re-arranged jazz standards. The Trio also perform music by more unusual composers who have made a big impact on the music world but in a different field from the jazz one: Stevie Wonder, film composer Ennio Morricone, and world renowned Italian singer Pino Daniele. e promising Starace seems to be revealing his most personal voice in the full-on music.” John Fordham, The Guardian

“Starace’s melodious originals offer good blowing potential for alto and soprano solos delivered in a cleanly articulate post-bop style reminiscent of Phill Woods.” Jack Massarik, Jazzwise The afore-mentioned festival begins the following day and will run until Ist November. Sidetracks And Detours hear that the line-up includes a jazz trio, including a vocalist on 22nd October, and then on 23rd you can  hear beautiful musicianship from the piano on 23rd October. We hear, too some of London´s finest string plaers will be assembling and playing on the 29th October will be followed on Sunday 30th  by a programme of Victorian salon pieces with virtuoso arrangements. The Autumn Festival Of Music And Art will close with a grande finale of Chamber music performed by excellent players including a BBC Young Musician Of The Year Finalist.
Autumn Festival of Music and Art St Andrew’s Church and
Queen Anne’s School, Caversham
22 October – 1 November 2022

Top professional musicians on your doorstep!

An exciting festival of music and art with world-class performers and artists taking part. International concert pianist Ariel Lanyi; jazz/folk trio with singer/ songwriter Sarah Gillespie; BBC Young Musician of  the Year concerto finalist Ewan Millar playing Mozart; Robert Vanryne trumpeter extraordinaire; Tamas Andras – co-leader Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Ruth Rogers – leader London Mozart Players and many more superb musicians who form the Caversham Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra.

There will also be an art exhibition in conjunction with Caversham Picture Framers and Gallery as well as artwork by the multi-talented Sarah Gillespie.

The Autumn Festival of Music and Art begins the ’22/’23 season with a wonderfully varied programme from jazz/folk singer/ songwriter Sarah Gillespie, to the Festival Grande Finale showcasing Ewan Millar – finalist in the last BBC Young Musician of the Year.

This year we are thrilled to be hosted by Queen Anne’s School for the Grande Finale.

Saturday 22 October 7:30pm
St Andrew’s Church, Caversham RG4 7PL
Sarah Gillespie (vocals) (left) , Tom Crawley (piano) Chris Montague (guitar).

A hugely talented singer / songwriter / artist and broadcaster with friends

Sunday 23 October 6pm
St Andrew’s Church, Caversham RG4 7PL
Ariel Lanyi – International pianist, prize-winner Leeds International Piano Competition.

Beautiful musicianship and virtuoso bravura.

Saturday 29 October 7:30pm
St Andrew’s Church, Caversham RG4 7PL
The Caversham Ensemble, some of London’s finest string players directed by Tamas Andras (RPO) with Timothy Watts (RPO) on oboe play Mendelssohn Octet, Strauss Sextet and, with oboe, Mozart.

Sunday 30 October 6pm
St Andrew’s Church, Caversham RG4 7PL
The Caversham Ensemble –Robert Vanryne (trumpets/cornets), Andy Kershwaw (tuba, ophicleide, serpent, saxhorn, bassoon russe) and Adrienne Black on piano.

An entertaining programme of Victorian salon pieces and virtuoso arrangements introduced by the exuberant and effervescent Robert Vanryne.

Tuesday 1 November – Grande Finale 7:30pm
Queen Anne’s School, Caversham RG4 6DX
Concerts in Caversham Chamber Orchestra showcasing Ewan Miller (BBC Young Musician Finalist), Mozart, Handel and JS Bach all directed by Ruth Rogers (London Mozart Players).

Available (along with further information) online
or at Caversham Picture Framers 0118 9481610 (closed Mondays)

Age 60+ | One ticket £20 | Five ticket Festival Pass £85 (£15 saving)
Age 25-59 | One ticket £22 | Five ticket Festival Pass £95 (£15 saving)
Age 16-24 | One ticket £16 | Five ticket Festival Pass £65 (£15 saving)
Age under 16 | Free

Sidetracks And Detours would like to thank all the giuys and girls who work so hard at Ribble Valley Jazz And Blues, We are grateful to them all for allowing us to share the news on our pages. Similarly, we say thanks to Rob Adams at Music That´s Going Places and Jim Wade at Jazz In Reading and to all the volunteers at Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues.

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Of course, we are also pleased that Alan Lawless has helped develop Jazz On Tuesday and keeps us informed of events, and that Steve Bewick presents the Hot Biscuits jazz music that pours down from his mix cloud, and that he sends us, every Monday, a preview synopsis like the one below.

A new month brings a fresh set of broadcasts, Steve tells us. Hot Biscuits will be featuirng a review of Wendy Kirkland‘s Latin lockdown set which is. a lively CD out of the stresses of covid. Other sounds include pieces from Hippolyte Anderson, guitar soloist. Matteo Ciminari refreshing sound. J4 explore the Beatles and there are Reflections from Rob Lee Thompson. Finishing with the Esther Bennett Trio. Steve is confident that jazz-loving eaders of Sidetracks And Detours will find items of interest to tell their friends how to find Hot Biscuits  24/07 at

Steve Bewick’s Shows | Mixcloud

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