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SAX APPEAL; Autumn season going to be blowy.


THE Jazz Coventry organisation launches its autumn season with a saxophonic feast.

They are presenting two gigs next week that feature some of the hottest mainstream blowers from both sides of the Atlantic.

At Warwick Arts Centre tomorrow, American reedsman Ken Peplowski joins his English counterpart Alan Barnes in a quintet that will be plugging their first album together.

The freshly-minted Doodle Oodle is an invigorating evocation of jazz's classic heyday, covering tunes by Al Cohn, Jerome Kern, Johnny Hodges, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster.

Barnes and Peplowski play various permutations of saxophones and clarinets, supported by pianist John Pearce, bassman Alec Dankworth and drummer Martin Drew. This is the same line-up that is set to play tomorrow's gig.

Tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett returns to the Biggin Hall pub, in Binley Road, on Thursday and is joined by drummer Drew. The combo is completed by pianist John Critchinson and bassman Andrew Cleyndert.

This time, any mainstream balance is emphatically shaken towards hard bebop, with Spillett managing to achieve deep expression at high velocity.

JAZZ DIARY TONIGHT The Chris Gumbley Quintet: Birmingham Symphony Hall Bar, 5.30pm, free.

TOMORROW The Alan Barnes/Ken Peplowski Quintet: Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, 7.45pm. 02476 524524.

Louisiana Highway: The Nautical Club, Bishopgate Street, Birmingham, 8.30pm. 0121 354 6059.

SUNDAY The Paul Vernon Chester Quartet: The White Swan, Rother Street, Stratford, 8pm. 01789 298607.

Djangology: Westwood Heath Club & Reading Rooms, Westwood Heath Road, Coventry, 12.30pm. 02476 403707.

The New Washboard Syncopators: British Legion, Union Road, Solihull, 1pm. 0121 706 2870.

MONDAY The Tierra Buena Dixie Six: Coventry & North Warwickshire Cricket Club, Binley Road, Coventry, 8.30pm. 01676 540609.

WEDNESDAY The Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band: The Sports Connexion, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, 8.30pm. 02476 335273.

THURSDAY The Simon Spillett Quartet: Biggin Hall, Binley Road, Coventry, 8.30pm. Bobby Wellins & The Tony Richards Trio: Corks Club, Bearwood Road, Birmingham, 9pm.


QUICK FINGERS... Simon Spillett brings hard bebop to the Biggin Hall pub on Thursday. VERSATILE... Ken Peplowski is at home with both the clarinet and saxophone.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Oct 2, 2009
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