JAZZ & BLUES

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Airto's Jam Band and Flora Purim (below) continue their regular run at Ronnie Scott's, Frith Street for a week, but have a new support act in Loz Speyer, starting on Monday. Joining trumpeter and flugelhorn player Speyer are four musicians with a wealth of experience behind them.

Another regular on the boards is the great Humphrey Lyttelton, who is at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford tonight and at the Theatre Royal, Bath tomorrow.

The constantly questioning saxophonist Stan Sulzmann is at the Ram Jam Club, Kingston on Wednesday, while Acoustic Ladyland, the inventive group inspired by Jimi Hendrix, plays at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho on Wednesday and Thursday.

In a strong week for singers, Clare Teal's latest tour takes her to St George's, Bristol on Friday, while Christine Tobin is at the Progress Bar, London on Thursday, Jacqui Dankworth is at Portsmouth Jazz Society on Monday and Norma Winstone joins the likes of Robert Mitchell and Julian Siegel at Arts Depot, London tomorrow.

Andra Sparks, whose band includes Nick Weldon, the noted pianist who also handles all the arrangements, is at the 606 Club, Chelsea on Tuesday, while Mina Agossi, the latest singer from Candid Records, is at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho also on Tuesday.

The 606 Club's role in booking Smollensky's on the Strand continues tomorrow with the jazz-soul singer Ola.

The acclaimed jazz drummer Dylan Howe leads his band at the Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff-on- Sea on Thursday, while on Friday the lively saxophonist Dave O'Higgins plays Brighton Jazz Club.

The eclectic G. Love appears at the London Borderline on Monday for a one-off show coinciding with the release in this country of his latest album, The Hustle, on Bushfire Records.

As for new recordings, there is a wonderful follow- up to Changing Places, the ECM debut from the Tord Gustavsen Trio. The Ground is possibly even better than that feted release, because the combination of the usual Nordic introspection with striking melodies is so effective.

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