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GO: JAZZ: A taste of New Orleans is one to remember.

Byline: By Bob Caldwell

THE expression "coals to Newcastle" comes to mind when British jazz musicians move to New Orleans.

There is no doubt, however, that the career moves of clarinettist Chris Burke and banjo artist Les Muscutt in relocating have proved successful.

Chris Burke counts Barry Martyn's Eagle Brass Band and Andrew Hall's Society Brass Band among his regular commitments and he has recorded with all the New Orleans luminaries of the current jazz scene.

Meanwhile, Les Muscutt has been in New Orleans since 1968 and has been part of Frank Assunto's Dukes of Dixieland, The Preservation Hall Band and many others. He also manages to lead his own ensemble at the Palm Court Cafe in New Orleans.

Both great players can be heard in the company of the Mardi Gras Jazz Band at Daventry's Ex-Service club on Thursday. This is a great venue with real ales and good acoustics.

Thursday's session looks like being one of those memorable jazz occasions.

COVENTRY'S annual jazz festival approaches once more and there is news of many novel and musically rewarding acts which should set the festival apart.

Young Saxophonist of the Year Soweto Kinch, who won the top title three years ago, will present music influenced by a variety of different sources and Chris Jankel, a refugee from the world of pop music, will play a contemporary jazz set on the opening day of the festival on August 26.

More familiar names such as Gilad Atzmon, Jacqui Dankworth and Django Bates ensure that the event will have the enduring appeal of previous years.

Trombonist Dennis Rollins, a long-time musical partner of Courtney Pine, also presents an intriguing concert in Coventry Cathedral with the London Gospel Community Choir.

There is a wide range of free sessions and tickets for the main events are currently available from the Tourist Information Centre 024 7622 7264.

KEEPING Jazz Young is the subtitle of Pershore Jazz Festival.

I don't think there's ever been a jazz festival devoted entirely to young players.

Pershore Jazz Festival in Worcestershire changes all that next month by turning the spotlight on the new generation of musicians from August 6.

It is thrilling that so much talent abounds and the opening concert with the musicians of the Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra spotlights some outstanding players in the company of young-at-heart pianist Roger Heeley.

With the Fat Chops Big Band led by John Ruddick Junior and the youthful T J Johnson's Bourbon Kick, the energy on display will be awe-inspiring. Details from 01386 554235.

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MARDI GRAS STYLE: Chris Burke and Les Muscutt play Daventry's Ex-Service club on Thursday; YOUNG GUNS: The Fat Chops Big Band participate in Keeping Jazz Young - The Pershore Jazz Festival on August 6
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 30, 2004
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