Now in its eighth year, the unique Atlantic Waves festival – which celebrates Portuguese and Lusophone music – is back next month with a typically diverse range of music on show. Beginning in epic style with world music star Mariza on 1 and 2 November at the Barbican the festival also includes the Rabih Abou-Khalil Group featuring Ricardo Ribeiro on 9 November at St John’s Smith Square, Vinicius Cantuaria plus Samba Carioica Quartet on 10 November at the QEH and Waldemar Bastos/Neco Novellas on 11 November. For more info go to www.atlanticwaves.org
 
Pictured: Vinicius Cantuaria 

Renowned pianist and composer John Taylor and American vibraphonist and percussionist Dave Samuels will both play showcase dates at London’s 606 jazz club as part of a recently announced long term partnership between Yamaha Music UK and the 606 club. The aim of the partnership is to raise the profile of jazz and to widen the performance opportunities and build international links for up and coming artists throughout the UK and Europe. “We have worked closely with Yamaha for some time and hosted some great events,” says the 606’s Steve Rubie. “Now, however, we want to expand our music policy beyond its existing parameters for the benefit of both new and existing artists. We’ve agreed an extensive series of events bringing even more of the UK's best artists to the Club, with many of these events having an educational angle to them which will see the 606 and Yamaha taking artists into schools and colleges to inspire more people to take an active interest in jazz.”
A special ‘Celebration of the Saxophone’ night takes place on 29 October featuring Nigel Hitchcock, Aaron Liddard, Simon Bates, Nick Carter and Dave Bishop, who are all Yamaha sax endorsees, playing with the Gareth Williams Trio. Dave Samuels will be making a rare UK appearance performing on vibes and marimbas on 27 November accompanied by the Gareth Williams Trio, on 3 December the club will host the launch of the Yamaha New Jazz Sessions CD, that will be covermounted on Jazzwise’s Dec08/Jan 09 double issue, and there’s a very special solo performance by John Taylor on 15 January.
 
Pictured: John Taylor


Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith teams up with legendary bassist Arild Andersen and drummer Paolo Vinaccia for a new album and tour in November. The tour follows from duo performances that Smith and Andersen delivered in 2006 but now adds the Norwegian-based Italian Vinaccia to the group, a player who has worked extensively with Andersen in the past. New album Live at Belleville is released on ECM in time for the tour which begins on 22 November at London’s Purcell Room. Other dates include the Lichfield Arts Festival (28 November), The Lot, Edinburgh (3 December), Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (4 December), RSAMD, Glasgow (6 Dec) and Greyfriars Parish Church Lanark (7 Dec).
 
Pictured: Tommy Smith 

Hip US band the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, the trio that has been gaining an underground reputation since it was signed by the late record exec and talent spotter Joel Dorn, embarks on a short UK tour next month. The band – there is no “Jacob Fred” – is comprised of pianist Brian Haas, electric bassist Reed Mathis and drummer Josh Raymer. Formed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the mid-1990s with a bigger line-up later slimming down to become a trio and settling with the current line-up, rock and avant garde-inspired, the band has a progressive approach which draws in young audiences as well as drawing on the heritage of Monk, Coltrane and Duke. The JFJO released its first album produced by Joel Dorn four years ago following up with Sameness of Difference and a digital-only album Tomorrow We’ll Know Today. The band’s latest album L’il Tae Rides Again came out earlier this year. Dates are: Matt and Phred’s, Manchester (27 October), The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (28 October), Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester (29 October) and Charlie Wright’s, London (31 October).
 
Pictured: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Jim Mullen and Alex Hutton are among the names lined up to play the new Alimentum Jazz Club in Hills Road Cambridge. The club is in the Alimentum Restaurant, rated one of the top ten UK restaurants by The Independent, and runs every Tuesday night with tables for dinner bookable in advance. Dates are: Riaan Vosloo Quartet (7 Oct); Josh Kemp Quartet (14 Oct); Alex Hutton Trio hosted by Sara Mitra (21 Oct); Patrick Naylor (28 Oct); Kaz Simmons Trio (4 Nov); Compassionate Dictatorship (11 Nov); Frank Harrison Trio hosted by Sara Mitra (18 Nov); Jim Mullen (25 Nov). 
 
Pictured: Jim Mullen 

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