Sun Ra Arkestra, tonight and tomorrow, Jazz Cafe, London Mingus big band, tonight, first of 6 nights, Ronnie Scott’s, London. Mingus Ah Um was released 60 years ago this month.
Sue Rynhart and Huw Warren, tonight, Whiskey Jar, Manchester Ronnie Greer and John McCullough, tonight, Berts, Belfast
Ätsch, thursday,Arthur’s, Dublin A Dublin-based quartet formed by German guitarist Matthias Winkler three years ago at a time when he was studying music in Ireland. The best Irish jazz release in 2019 easily: with Winkler are pianist Graham Bourke, bass guitarist Eoin O’Halloran, and drummer Hugh Denman. Ätsch have their own thing going on that draws on a number of different areas way beyond most jazz however they also circle on the centrality of certain mainstream styles that neither the words “modern” nor “progressive” tacked on as a prefix do justice. The intertwining nature of these border crossing explorations is what makes these fellas sound fresh. The tunes breathe big, clean air. They play Arthur’s where their latest album was recorded – on Thursday night.