There are three excellent jazz or jazz-tinged gigs in the next five days at Warwick Arts Centre.
Tomorrow the worlds of Calcutta and Manchester collide in the form of clarinettist Arun Ghosh – a perfect surname for the English reaction to music. The rhythms are seductive and the grooves become increasingly intense. Ghosh has developed a very distinctive personal sound, mixing South Asian music with a lot of Northern English attitude. If it sounds entrancing on CD it is all that and much more exciting as well when performed live.
Arun Ghosh brings his band to Warwick Arts Centre Studio tomorrow evening. It starts at 7.45pm and tickets are £12.
On Monday evening the mood moves from hot South Asia to cool Scandinavia, but it’s every bit as intense. Susanna writes all her own material these days and sings it impeccably slowly. She plays piano, and has Helge Sten on guitar and Erland Dahlen on drums.
I’m not sure whether she will do any of her famous covers – they range from Dolly Parton’s Jolene to Kiss’s Crazy, Crazy Nights – but her own songs, which mix singer/songwriter traditions with the nuanced singing usually found in jazz, are equally memorable.
Susanna is in the Warwick Arts Centre Studio, from 7.45pm and tickets are £14.
On Tuesday a frequent Arun Ghosh collaborator, Shabaka Hutchings, leads his latest outfit called Sons Of Kemet. It features the unusual line-up of Shabaka on saxophone and clarinet, Oren Marshall on tuba and the double drums arsenal of Tom Skinner and Sebastian Rochford.
Expect strong African influences and a great, loose, often free, jazz feel. This is a band of four strong characters and Shabaka lets them all shine.
Sons Of Kemet is in the Warwick Arts Centre Studio at 7.45pm and tickets are £12.
For more on these three gigs and to book tickets, go to www.warwickartscentre.co.uk