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With a raw live album and an assured blowing session with Joe Lovano hitting record shops in recent months, Greg Osby is emerging as one of the stars of the resurgent Blue Note label. Just how far he has come since moving away from fooling with hip-hop styles will be apparent when he takes up a week's residency at Ronnie Scott's, Frith Street, on Monday at the head of a band that includes Jason Moron, the young pianist who has just issued an acclaimed album of his own for the same label.

On Wednesday, another young saxophonist, Ravi Coltrane (above), John Coltrane's son, appears at the Jazz Cafe, Camden at the head of a quartet that is establishing an attractive style of its own. Gigs with the likes of Elvin Jones are testament to the youngster's abilities, while the recent RCA/BMG album Moving Pictures has alerted many to the arrival of a potentially powerful new voice.

Dr John is no stranger to jazz - his piano playing is rooted in the stylings of his native New Orleans. For his latest project he is working on his own no-doubt distinctive tribute to Duke Ellington. But it is for his blues and funk that he is best known, and both are likely to be highly apparent when he appears at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, also on Wednesday.

On the same night, the slightly unusual venue of the Westferry Circus Garden at Canary Wharf in London's Docklands is the site for a performance by the smooth guitarist Antonio Forcione, who has recently collaborated with the percussionist Trilok Gurtu, and fellow guitar player John McLaughlin.

At the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street guitarist/ vocalist Vinicius Cantuaria, described as having "a jazz attitude with a Brazilian style", fills the latest world-music showcase slot tonight and tomorrow.

Finally, from Wednesday until Friday, Bobby Watson, the former Jazz Messengers saxophonist, returns the club to the modern mainstream.

Roger Trapp