* Jazz and the music of Cuba have strong links, so while Cuban classical guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas may not really be a jazz player, there will be much in his concert at the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, on Thursday this week to enthral jazz ears. www.macarts.co.uk
Especially as he brings to the stage his Trio Mestizo, with Hammadi Rencurrell on percussion and Emma Blanco on violin.
Cardenas is an amazing guitarist, capturing those gorgeous Latin rhythms and rich melodies with a seemingly effortless fluency.
Cardenas and Trio Mestizo are at the Mac from 8pm, tickets are £12 and you can book and find out more at macarts.co.uk
* If jazz with Caribbean flair is more your thing, then Andy Hamilton & The Blue Notes are happy to oblige at the Bearwood Corks Club in Bearwood, from 9pm on Thursday night and tickets are £4 on the door. You can find out what’s on the calendar at www.bearwoodjazz.co.uk
* Bringing some Gospel warmth to the Rush Hour Blues slot on Friday is singer Carol Brewster and she includes saxophonist Alvin Davis in her band. The music starts at 5.30pm and goes till 7pm, the venue is the Symphony Hall Foyer Bar and entry is free.
* If you don’t feel like cooking on Friday (and who does?) you can satisfy your hunger and your jazz tastes at the Bohemia in Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak.
Just £25 gets you a three-course meal with added jazz from saxophonist Casey Greene and bassist Simon King. Both are expert musicians, and the menu looks pretty good, too.
Find out more about the players, more about the restaurant and view a sample menu at eatbohemia.co.uk. It’s advisable to book.
* In Stratford-on-Avon on Sunday bassist Tom Hill and his band put the ZZ into Bop – and I don’t mean zzs of sleepiness.
Craig Milverton is on piano, Nick Millward on drums and keyboardist Paul Sawtell is revelling in his new role as vibes-player.
Because of the line-up, expect some Modern Jazz Quartet tunes, and much liveliness. Stratford Jazz meets at The Chapel at 8pm, tickets are £8 on the door and you can find out more at www.stratfordjazz.org.uk
* And finally, it’s back to Cuba, this time in film form. There is a lot of gorgeous music by Bebo Valdez in Chico and Rita, a hugely creative, full-length animated film by Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and designer Javier Mariscal.
It’s just finishing its run at the MAC and just starting one at Warwick Arts Centre. If you balk at animated films, don’t – this one looks just lovely.
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