New group Z-U (reeds player Shabaka Hutchings, bassist Neil Charles and drummer Tom Skinner), thought to be on the verge of signing to Babel records, is set to host a new monthly residency at the Hayward Gallery’s Concrete Bar in London’s Southbank Centre. The session, known as Trouble Tune, kicks off tomorrow night, from 6pm, with Z-U and special guest Ingrid Laubrock plus DJs and live visuals. Next month Trouble Tune returns on 17 November with electronics artist Leafcutter John from Polar Bear guesting.
 
Pictured: Ingrid Laubrock

Berlin-based pianist Michael Wollny, bassist Eva Kruse and drummer Eric Schaefer, collectively known as [em] return for a rare performance at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club on 17 November following their UK debut at the venue as part of Jazzwise’s 10th anniversary festival last year. Supporting this astonishing trio are up and coming new group Z-U featuring saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, bassist Neil Charles and drummer Tom Skinner.
 
Pictured: [em] 

Classical ensemble Sinfonia Viva is set to perform with US jazz star Uri Caine for a series of concerts this month. The East Midlands-based orchestra led by conductor André de Ridder begins its season on 21 October in Derby, followed by the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (22 Oct) and at St George’s in Bristol (24 Oct) with a programme featuring Uri Caine playing Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Beethoven's Grosse Fuge in its version for string orchestra. For more go to www.vivaorch.co.uk
 
Pictured: Uri Caine 

The new all-star band featuring Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Vinnie Colaiuta has been booked for this year’s Cork Jazz Festival taking place in the Irish city from 24-27 October. The main event in the Irish jazz calendar, this year’s line-up also includes Courtney Pine, David Murray, The Yellowjackets, Georgie Fame, Cindy Blackman, Martial Solal, Lee Konitz, Cedar Walton and Dave Liebman. For more info go to www.corkjazzfestival.com
 
Pictured: John McLaughlin

Dr John, Allen Toussaint and a host of top New Orleans stars are set to appear at a unique free entry festival at London’s 02 celebrating New Orleans Music and Culture. Set to take place on 24 and 25 October the festival is planned to coincide with the New Orleans Saints NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Wembley. Also on the bill for the O2 are Kermit Ruffins, Marcia Ball, BeauSoleil, The Rebirth Brass Band, John Mooney and Buckwheat Zydeco and a host of authentic New Orleans attractions, including a recreation of the French Quarter’s Bourbon Street. For more, go to www.TheO2.co.uk
 
Pictured: Allen Toussaint 

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