Category Archives: What’s On

What’s on – update

We’ve been adding What’s On posts to CJ site since we started the site but we will now be dropping this feature. Most of our listeners are national and worldwide rather than local and so we’ll now provide occasional features on festivals and concerts of more general interest to all CJ fans. We all like reading reviews even if we can’t get to the show…

Any thoughts on this? Just let us know.

Halesworth Jazz and Beer Festival 2011

Halesworth’s first Jazz and Beer Festival takes place between 25-27 March. Details of each of the three nights are below. All events take place at The Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth – check out the website here for details.

Doors open on the Festival from 6pm on Friday and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday, giving you ample time to try out the beers. All are supplied by The Low House, Laxfield – Adnam’s Pub of the Year 2010. Even more – there’s free jazz on the Concourse on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Friday 25 March
Sam Crockatt and Polly Gibbons
Young rising tenor sax star Sam Crockatt won the 2009 Jazz CD of the Year in the Parlimentary Jazz Awards and is a founding member of the edgy London-based Loop Collective.
Club diva Polly Gibbons covers the jazz waterfront with a delicious contralto voice that is equally at home with ballards and blues belters, torch songs and tin pan alley tunes.

Saturday 26 March
Matthew Halsall
Manchester-based trumpet player and DJ Matthew Halsall’s atmospheric albums have received rave reviews and heavy airplay from the likes of taste-setters Gilles Peterson, Stuart Maconie, Tom Robinson and Mike Chadwick.

Sunday 26 March
Kenny Ball and Band
Britain’s most prolific chart-topping horn player needs no introduction – after more than 50 years in the business he’s a national jazz treasure. But Ball is more than a household name, he’s a jazzman to his core.

For tickets contact the Box Office on 0845 6732123 or order online.

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Every week at 9:30 pm on Cosmic Jazz we let you know about music you can hear locally.  With our focus always on the music, we’ll usually just announce the venue and the artist. You can then check the website for each venue to find out more about the upcoming show and all future events.

If you’ve been to see jazz locally, write and tell us about it via the Comment facility below this list of venues and events.

Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Club
28 January – Milestones: A Kind of Blue
Website: http://www.fleecejazz.co.uk
Phone: 01787 211865

Ipswich Jazz Club
20 February – Roy Williams Quartet
Website: http://www.ipswichjazzclub.co.uk
Phone: 01473 231552

Jazz Nights at the Bell
23 January – Clare Foster
Website: http://www.jazz-nights.com
Phone: 01223 362550

Milestones Jazz Club, Lowestoft
06 February – Kristian Borring Quartet
Website: http://www.milestonesjazzclub.co.uk/
Phone: 01502 568684

The Devil’s Kitchen Collective, Bury St Edmunds
05 February – Liane Carroll
Website: http://www.thedevilskitchencollective.com/
Phone: 07917 860384

Segue Productions @ Lakeside Theatre, Colchester
05 March – Joanna McGregor and Adiano Adewale
Website: http://www.segue.org.uk/
Phone: 01206 825600

Colchester Arts Centre
06 February – Jay Phelps Quintet
Website: http://www.colchesterartscentre.com
Phone: 01206 500900

Cambridge Modern Jazz Club
28 January – Peter King Quartet
Website: http://www.cambridgejazz.org
Phone: 01223 362550

Jazz Festivals

Whilst it’s easy to be depressed about the amount of jazz on mainstream radio stations, we can still enjoy a summer of jazz festivals around the country.  What’s more, we’ve also got the 2010 London Jazz Festival to look forward to.  Here’s your late summer Cosmic Jazz guide to who we think is worth spending your hard earned money on seeing.

The Brecon Jazz Festival earlier this month featured an excellent lineup – with Phronesis, Nostalgia 77, Kairos 4tet, the Kit Downes Trio and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – all artists we’ve featured here on Cosmic Jazz.

But let’s start with our own Snape Summer Prom season this year which featured Django Bates’ Beloved Bird project on 06 August and continues with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra on 10 August and the Neil Cowley Trio on 17 August.  Courtney Pine brings his Transition in Tradition band to Snape on 24 August and pianist Alex Wilson curates the Big Latin Weekend on the Bank Holiday weekend of 28-29 August.

Ronnie Scott’s BritJazz Fest continues through into August with the Colin Towns Mask Orchestra and the Denys Baptiste Quartet on 13 and Talvin Singh and the Cleveland Watkiss Quartet on 14 August – again, all artists who have featured on Cosmic Jazz over the last year.

Next month sees the start of the Scarborough Jazz Festival with a slew of artists who have featured here in the East of England – Nigel Price, Stan Tracey and Karen Sharp.

Finally, the 2010 London Jazz Festival kicks off on 12 November, with Herbie Hancock playing on 13 and 14 November. Other headliners include the Bad Plus, Hugh Masakela, Brad Mehldau, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Palle Mikkelborg and Marilyn Mazur. And yes, of course, we’ve featured all of these artists here on the show. Lots more details and a festival brochure can be found at on the website.

Cosmic Jazz Club live at Saints

Just time for a reminder that Cosmic Jazz goes live at Saints Wine Bar on Wednesday 23 September when this time we’re going latin.  Expect a Cosmic Jazz Club mix with Brazilian, jazz and club favourites.

Tickets are £3 for admission and a tapas taster or £10 for admission and a full tapas selection – available from Saints on St Peter’s Street, Ipswich.

Call in or call on 01473 252438. We’ll be playing from 7.30 ’til late. See you there!

The London Jazz Festival


If it’s November, it must be time for the London Jazz Festival. This year it’s bigger than ever and shared between far more venues – including the Barbican Centre and the Royal Festival Hall. Herbie Hancock is playing both venues – and they’re already sold out!The jazz tradition lies at the heart of the Festival and major figures who are linked through the music of Miles Davis – Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin – headline with inspired new bands. A number of artists introduce projects that provide a fresh perspective on the music, and include leading British saxophonist Courtney Pine, young British band Empirical, jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, guitar maestros Martin Taylor and Biréli Lagrène, plus award-winning saxophonist Alan Barnes. The strong relationship between the spirit of jazz and the art of voice is highlighted by Jazz Voice, the celebratory opening concert at the Barbican that pays homage to a century of song with vocal stars and emerging talent re-interpreting classic songs, accompanied by a specially created London Jazz Festival Orchestra directed by Guy Barker. Others taking their own innovative approach to the vocal tradition include Melody Gardot, a cappella sensations Take 6 and Queen of South African jazz Sibongile Khumalo with drumming legend Jack DeJohnette.

The love affair between jazz and Latin music can be traced through three outstanding pianists – Chucho Valdés, Danilo Pérez and Gonzalo Rubalcaba – as well as Milton Nascimento’s bossa nova project and Alex Wilson’s Salsa con Soul Orchestra.

The global flavour of jazz is marked by performances from a number of major artists including Cameroonian singer-songwriter Richard Bona, Sami artist Mari Boine, afrobeat exponent Femi Kuti, new flamenco phenomenon Buika and Turkish master instrumentalists Taksim Trio.

European jazz is brought into sharp focus by a festival within the Festival that celebrates Norway’s extraordinary cultural scene – Scene Norway brings over some of the nation’s leading musicians including Nils Petter Molvær, Sidsel Endresen, Arve Henriksen and Eivind Aarset.

Check out the Festival website for more details.

There are some free downloads available via classicsandjazz.co.uk. Click on the link for more information and to download tracks from the UCJ website. There’s some Herbie Hancock, Nils Petter Molvær, Taylor Eigsti, Jeff Neve and David Sanchez – all worth listening to if you like the music on Cosmic Jazz.