The jazz world burbles from time to time with talk of new kids on the block and new bands worth seeking out. It happened with Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear, and both bands have made the transition from burble to full gushing stream.
The new name on everyone’s lips is Fraud, the brainchild of saxophonist James Allsopp and electric drummer Tim Giles.
The band caused as stir at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival last year and they should do the same on Sunday at Warwick Arts Centre.
James and Tim are joined by Norwegian guitarist Stian Westerhuis, Philip Hochstrate on keyboards and Ben Reynolds on conventional drums.
Their music blends contemporary groove-based electronic music with some nods to the jazz tradition and to free jazz. Young jazz musicians are finding ever more inventive ways of incorporating technology into the music while still maintaining its human warmth and unpredictability, and Fraud sound like they are the next step down this road.
This is a Jazz Coventry gig, it starts at 7.45 pm and tickets are #10 (#8) from 024 7652 4524 or on www.warwickartscentre.co.uk
If youthful jazz and village halls are your thing, there’s a double treat on Friday evening. The sextet called 6Pac provide the jazz and Atherstone Memorial Hall feeds the village hall appetite.
The group has strong Royal Northern College of Music links and play their own music as well as stuff by Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and Courtney Pine.
They are promoted by the Live & Local organisation, the music starts at 8pm, tickets are #7 (#6) and are available from 01827722198. For more information look at 6paconline.com and liveandlocal.org.uk
This July marks the maiden voyage of the North Sea Jazz Cruise, an extension of the monstrous (as in unfeasibly large) North Sea Jazz Festival.
The cruise is hosted by former Miles Davis producer and all-round wiz bassist Marcus Miller and the musicians joining the ship include Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater and her trio, saxophonist James Carter, trumpeter Roy Hargrove and his quintet, the Roberta Gambarini Quartet, guitarist Lionel Loueke, The McCoy Tyner Trio, Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood and saxophonists David Sanborn and Kirk Whalum.
The ship, called the Rotterdam, will steam out from Copenhagen on July 5 and ports of call will include Gothenburg in Sweden and Oslo in Norway.
It will then dock in Rotterdam and serve as a floating hotel for the North Sea Jazz Fesival itself (July 13-15) and the cruise finishes on July 17.
Prices start at #1,000 per person and include all meals and entertainment provided on ship and a VIP Festival Package (one for each guest) to the North Sea Jazz Festival.
You can book your place by calling freephone 00800 123 123 22 and you can find out more on this and other cruises on www.jazzcruisesllc.com
Other gigs this week:
THURSDAY: Keith Nichols with his seven-piece Jazz Classics Revisited, featuring Enrico Tomasso on trumpet and singer Joan Viskant, play jazz classics from Joplin to Ellington at the George Hotel, Lichfield, from 8.30pm. Tickets #12 from Lichfield Tourist Information Centre on 01543 412121.
FRIDAY: The lively Latin pianist Edgar Macias and his group entertain Rush Hour Blues types in the Symphony Hall foyer bar from 6.15pm. It’s free.n News and views by email, please, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for the blog: thejazzbreakfast.blogspot.com