It was Thanksgiving in the United States last week and, as is traditional, the Maria Schneider Orchestra was in residence at the Jazz Standard, a classy basement club in mid-town Manhattan.
On trumpet and flugelhorn was Ingrid Jensen. The band might even have played The Pretty Road, the opening track from the orchestra’s Grammy-nominated and critically-acclaimed album Sky Blue, and a track on which Jensen solos eloquently and at length.
On Monday Ingrid Jensen will be playing in the upstairs room at the Biggin Hall pub in Coventry as a guest of the London-based Paul Booth Quintet.
Tenor and soprano saxophonist Paul has an impressive CV despite his young years. After entering the Royal Academy at 15, he emerged from its jazz course four years later with honours. Since then he has worked with The Michael Garrick Big Band, Tim Garland’s Northern Underground Orchestra and Arnie Somogyi’s Ambulance, as well as in the non-jazz field as part of the Steve Winwood Band.
With him are Phil Robson on guitar, Phil Donkin on bass, Phillip Peskett on piano and Dave Smith on drums.
Ingrid Jensen is not the first Canadian trumpeter to have made waves in the jazz world, but I don’t think Kenny Wheeler has ever played the Biggin.
The gig, organised by Jazz Coventry, starts at 8.30pm. Tickets are £12 (£9 for students) and booking is advised. Goto jazzcov.co.uk
The New York connection is also made in Moseley, where the Criss-Cross Jazz Club, in association with Birmingham Jazz, presents the Ari Hoenig Trio on Monday at 8.30pm.
Drummer Hoenig is a regular at the Greenwich Village club Smalls, and his fellow trio members are fellow New Yorker Gilad Hekselman on guitar and up-and-coming Scottish bass player Euan Burton.
Tickets cost £4 on the door at The Cross in Moseley. More details are on Criss-Cross’s Facebook page.
Birmingham-based band-leader and good guy of creative improvisation Sid Peacock brings his band Surge into the Symphony Hall foyer for the Rush Hour Blues (or Free Jazz, as it is now known) session tomorrow at 5.30pm.
Sid will be introducing a new version of Surge – with Aaron Diaz on trumpet and electronics, Max Gittings on flutes and whistles, Rob Anstey on trombone and bass, Steve Tchoumba on percussion and Sid himself on vocals.
He is also promising a new saxophone quartet for Luis Mather on soprano, Huw Morgan on alto, Chris Morgan on tenor and Colin Mills on baritone.