PROGRAMMED in partnership with Bournemouth Modern Jazz Club, Swanage Jazz and Soundstorm, the Studio Jazz season returns to Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts tonight (Friday), beginning with Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet. At the forefront of the British Jazz movement, Derek has been described by The Guardian as "one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today", and the Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet now features a new line-up made up from some of the best of British jazz. The multi-award winning Dave Newton is probably the busiest and most popular pianist on the British jazz scene today, while the rhythm section of with Geoff Gascoyne and Sebastiaan de Krom displays a musical telepathy that was honed to perfection during their years with Jamie Cullum. The quartet mainly plays original compositions by Derek and his father, Pat Nash, with strong flavours of the Blue Note days. Expect hints of New Orleans, Bill Evans, Lee Morgan, Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond. For tickets and further details call 0844 406 8666 or visit www.lighthousepoole.co.uk.
Jive to Alan Pickering's Spirit of New Orleans Jazz Band at the Bournemouth Trad Jazz Club on Mondays 21st and 28th January, starting at 8pm. The venue is the Bluebirds Social Club in Longham (opposite Haskins garden centre) with its large dance floor, free car parking and affordable drinks. For more information on the club and the regular band visit www.tradjazzband.co.uk or call 01202 578582.
The Panama Hat New Orleans Jazz Band will be performing at Ye Olde George Inn, in the centre of Christchurch, on Wednesday 30th January from 8.30pm, admission free. Food and drink available in the bar beforehand.
Canford Concert Society present The Utter:Jazz Collective at Canford School Concert Hall on Friday 1st February from 7.30pm. This talented quartet of multi-genre musicians have performed with the late, great Ravi Shankar, Jarvis Cocker, The Sixteen, Nigel Kennedy, Joanna McGregor, Cleo Laine, King Salsa, English Touring Opera, Antonio Forcione, STOMP and many more. Join them for an exciting evening of classic and original jazz songs, interspersed with poetry from Thomas Hardy and DH Lawrence through to the present day. Songs range from swing, Latin and ballads to tango-nuevo and groove, with improvised jazz emerging in response to the words. Tickets are available from Sarah Shore in the Music Department at Canford School, either via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01202 847486.
And the regulars:
Sunday lunchtime session at Jazzy's in Sandbanks, 1-4pm featuring the Andy Urquhart Quartet with special guests.