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In-demand Janette shows her versatility; GO! JAZZ.

Byline: by Bob Marriott

JANETTE MASON'S band appears in the late-night slot at the Belgrade theatre tonight at 10.30.

An inspired keyboard player and improviser, Janette encompasses jazz, pop, indie and world music.

Sought after for her versatility as a pianist by artists as diverse as Oasis, Pulp, Suzanne Vega, Seal and legendary singer/songwriter Robert Wyatt, she is also a regular performer with jazz artists like Claire Martin, Ian Shaw and the Vortex Foundation Big band.

She originally trained in classical piano and flute, and turned professional at 19, cutting her teeth in theatre and TV (you may remember her as MD of Le Show and Jonathan Ross's Saturday Zoo). She has also written music for films and TV, including the last series of Sex in the City.

Joining her on saxophone is Mornington Lockett. One of the country's most accomplished improvisers, he is a former member of the Ronnie Scott Sextet and has recorded albums with Scott himself, Claire Martin, and the Stan Tracey Big Band, among others.

On bass is Dudley Phillips, whose track record includes a long-standing stint with the Annie Whitehead Experience, plus tours with Bill Withers and Womack and Womack.

Completing a really strong line-up is Simon Pearson on the drums. He is another musician inclined to play in different musical genres, from contemporary classical to indie to jazz. He has worked with artists including Trevor Watts and Stacey Kent.

Janette has a new album out, Din and Tonic, featuring the band and showcasing Janette's formidable talents as a composer and pianist. It's an entertaining mix of contemporary jazz with the accent on strong tunes and hard-hitting rhythms.

Tickets available at the Belgrade box office on 024 7622 7264/66 or at the door from 10pm.

ADVANCE notice of two other gigs to look out for. The Corner Pocket in Spon Street has violinist Ralph Allin with his Quartet on Tuesday, May 10.

Ralph blends gypsy music with latin rhythms and classical cadenzas, all infused with an innate sense of swing.

It will be interesting to compare this gig with that of another violinist - Joe O'Donnell - who brings his band Shkayla with their brand of Celtic jazz to the Hope and Anchor in Whitefriars Street on Saturday, May 14.

JAZZ NOTES

BIRMINGHAM-based trumpeter Bryan Corbett brings his quartet to the White Swan in Stratford for the regular Sunday evening session. He is a wonderfully fluid soloist and deserves much wider recognition. Bryan also appears with singer Esther Miller at Leamington Jazz Weekend the following Saturday.

APPEARING at the Sports Connexion Ryton-on-Dunsmore on Wednesday are the well-known Savannah Jazz Band with guest trumpeter Richard Bennett. Admission pounds 5 on the door.

DON'T forget Leamington Jazz Weekend next Friday with Gwynneth Herbert, Stan Tracey and Peter King, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and others. As part of the festival, there's a Sunday afternoon of Jazz in the Park in Jephson Gardens running from noon to 6pm. Bands featured are 6pac, Sarah Bennett Quartet and Anna Brooks quintet. The festival box office is 01926 496277 or visit the website at www.warwickarts.org.uk

LATER in the month, the doyen of British jazz singers Norma Winstone visits Coventry with a band featuring Perrier award-winning pianist Gwilym Simcock. Jazz Coventry presents her at Warwick Arts Centre on Saturday, May 14. Box office is 024 7652 4524 or buy online at www.warwickartscentre.co.uk

JAZZ DIARY

TONIGHT

Percy Pursglove Quintet: Birmingham Symphony Hall, Level 3, 5.30pm, free.

Janette Mason/Mornington Lockett Quartet: Cafe, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 10.30pm, pounds 7.50 (pounds 5.50 NUS).

SUNDAY

Heart of England Swing Band: Cocked Hat, Binley, 12.30pm, free.

Bryan Corbett Quartet: White Swan, Stratford, 8pm, free

MONDAY

The Loane Sharks: Bolehall Manor Club, Aminton Road, Tamworth, 8.30pm.

Tierra Buena Jazz Band: Cocked Hat, Binley, 8pm, free.

WEDNESDAY

Savannah Jazz Band: Sports Connexion, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, 8.30pm, pounds 5.

THURSDAY

Dene River Jazzmen: Clarendon House Hotel, Kenilworth, 8.30pm, free.

Society Jazzmen: Shoulder of Mutton, Stretton-on-Dunsmore.

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