Even at a wallet busting £75 a pop the gigs not on until peak office party season time descends on Soho the two nighter Bob James jazz club dates in London this December have already been snapped up by eager gig goers. A coup for the Pizza Express Jazz Club: the tiny basement club has often pulled a rabbit from its hat for some magical nights down below Dean Street. Recall, for instance, a riotously splendid Melody Gardot appearance a few years ago.

Fans of Bob, who turns 80 on Christmas Day, whether from the early obscure surprising Bold Conceptions days when he was certainly not a smooth jazzer, ‘Nautilus’ hugely sampled in hip-hop, or the poignant ‘Angela’ from brilliant 1970s and 80s TV comedy Taxi, were quick off the mark. Not sure if the club does returns, worth asking if you missed out. Begging is worth considering. Details: 1-2 December.