Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk coast, is not particularly known for being a hotbed of jazz.
Benjamin Britten, yes, and one of the finest fish and chip shops on the planet, maybe, but jazz? A little unlikely.
However, thanks to a musical residency offered to double bassist Arnie Somogyi and his band Ambulance, the shuffle of the shingle beach, the resonance of Maggie Hambling's shell sculpture and the reed-fringed calm of the Alne estuary at Snape Maltings all provide inspiration for some pretty impressive jazz.
You will have a chance to hear some of it on Saturday when Ambulance, with its celebrated American guest, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, bring the music of their new album, Accident and Insurgency, to the CBSO Centre, Birmingham, courtesy of Birmingham Jazz.
Ambulance is a slightly deceptive name for the band - there's not much Beeh-Baah about the rich jazz soundscape this septet can conjure up.
Having said that, the opening track on Accident and Insurgency, Walking Wounded, shows the band can do urban hot as well as coastal cool.
This is a modern, post-bop band interacting with great panache and making a lovely rounded sound, but it is the more evocative Aldeburgh-inspired stuff that shows Arnie's band to be a thing apart, and a very special one. The atmospheric interludes like Mick the Fish, the comedic slip and slide of Captain Courageous, the quiet gorgeousness of pianist Tim Lapthorn's Solace - these show remarkable versatility.
The band - Paul Booth and Rob Townsend on saxophones, Dave Smith on drums, as well as Somogyi and Lapthorn - all compose, and if Henderson's name isn't there in the writer credits, his presence is vital in providing the jazz heritage and improvisational fireworks. Just listen to his flugelhorn intro to Tumbledown - exquisite.
Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance with Eddie Henderson are at the CBSO Centre on Saturday, 8pm start, tickets are £12 (£9 for members and concessions) from birminghamjazz.co.uk or on 0121 7674050.
Accident and Insurgency is out now on the Linn label.
Before then, tomorrow night in fact, there is the chance to hear one of the UK's finest saxophonists, Julian Siegel, in the intimate surroundings of the Criss Cross Club at The Cross in Moseley. The band is fab, too: Birmingham pianist of note Dan Nicholls along with Percy Pursglove on bass and Doug Hough on drums. If you want to hear one small example of how talent-filled the Birmingham jazz scene is in '08, try this for size. There is support from the Ben Bryden Sextet.
It's a promotion by the increasingly important Cobweb Collective, it's free and promises that mainstay of jazz in pubs, "the shit raffle". Nice!
Thursday is free improvisation night with the FrImp club at the Victoria pub in John Bright Street. Saxophonist Bruce Coates leads the fun and games. Call 0121 4154491 or go to www.frimp.co.uk
On Friday, the Rush Hour Blues session welcomes back the South African singer Esther Miller and her band, which includes Steve Waterman on trumpet. Be there for 5.30pm and let the workaday cares slip away - it's in the Symphony Hall foyer bar and it's free.