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Published: 5 Jul 2024. Updated: 17 days.

Who's playing the Euro jazz clubs? FIVE top gigs

1 Black Art Jazz Collective Bimhuis, Amsterdam Saturday 6 July In the band it's Josh Evans on trumpet - read a review of Freedom, Justice and Hope where his piece 'Elaine' rings out - Wayne Escoffery on tenor sax, James Burton III playing …

Published: 5 Jul 2024. Updated: 18 days.

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1 Black Art Jazz Collective Bimhuis, Amsterdam Saturday 6 July

In the band it's Josh Evans on trumpet - read a review of Freedom, Justice and Hope where his piece 'Elaine' rings out - Wayne Escoffery on tenor sax, James Burton III playing trombone, Danny Grissett on piano, Jasen Weaver at the bass plus Ali Jackson on drums - read a review of Jackson on Spring Sings. The BAJC's Truth to Power is reviewed here.

2 Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen Monday 8 July

Read a review of Lean In.

GIG OF THE WEEK

3 Charles Lloyd Sky Quartet Porgy & Bess, Vienna Tuesday 9 July

Back in March on his 86th birthday the great hippie-jazz master and icon saxophonist and flautist Charles Lloyd released through Blue Note The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow his latest album with pianist Jason Moran, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Brian Blade - Blade isn't playing Vienna, it's Eric Harland on drums according to club listings but the rest of the line-up is as on the record. A long time Blue Note artist the mystically entitled studio album was his 11th for the historic label which itself is 85 years old. Full of new compositions 'The Water Is Rising,' 'Late Bloom,' 'The Ghost of Lady Day,' 'Sky Valley, Spirit of the Forest' and 'When the Sun Comes Up, Darkness Is Gone' it is a late period classic. Another gift to humanity to be cherished and measured favourably with some of Lloyd's milestone recordings burning on to our interior lives and enriching everyone willing and open enough to truly feel and therefore know.

4 Chris Cheek Quintet Bird's Eye, Basel Thursday 11, Friday 12, Sat 13 July

With tenorist Chris Cheek are guitarist Steve Cardenas, pedal steel guitar player David Soler, bass guitarist Jaume Llombar and drummer/vibist, the Mehldau-ite, Jorge Rossy. Cheek and Rossy are on guitarist Ricardo Pinheiro's appealing Tone Stories - listen above - that we reviewed recently.

5 James Carter Organ Trio New Morning, Paris Fri 12 July

A decade ago we caught James Carter who proved Tarantino-esque in his fearsome delivery at Ronnie Scott's - Hammond organist Gerard Gibbs is still with Detroit sax legend Carter - but of course Django-esque more in the Reinhardt sense than the Quentin one. A performance that was an extraordinary reminder of sheer virtuosity, joie de vivre and exuberance from Carter who it’s easy to forget 30 years ago was one of the biggest new stars on the American jazz scene and who perhaps we take for granted a little bit too much: a big mistake. That time we heard him had Leonard King on drums - here at the kit in Paris it's to be Alex White.

Expect Carter’s bulging circular breathing-powered command simply astonishing to witness. The theme of the concert is a tribute to hip hop pioneer Larry Smith which couldn't be more different to hearing Carter rip into ‘Nuages,’ the pick of the set that distant night at Ronnie's, a Django anthem that Carter featured on his Chasin’ The Gypsy album, but there was as much outrageous funk on alto going on as gypsy swing, Carter’s compellingly tart tone a wake-up call for any saxophonist sitting in the club. Gibbs at one point did a bass pedal solo, tap dancing on the pedals in a manner Bill Bojangles Robinson himself would have been proud of. Carter released an unaccompanied baritone sax series of stunning improvisations earlier this year. Charles Lloyd, photo top: Dorothy Darr