Pop/Jazz: Jazz & Blues

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Clint Eastwood's love of jazz is a well-known antidote to his tough-guy screen image. But his son, Kyle Eastwood (right), has taken that fascination a stage further, by making it a career. On the back of huge acclaim for last year's album From There to Here, the young bass player is leading a quintet on a European tour that kicks off at the Pizza Express Jazz Club (Tue-Sat).

Blues and soul are on the menu at Camden's Jazz Cafe, with Jon Lucien (Thur-Sat). Hitherto a cult artist, his singing and guitar playing are finding a new, bigger audience through the recent Shanachie compilation By Request.

More mainstream sounds are on offer at Ronnie Scott's, Frith Street, when pianist John Critchinson leads a celebration to mark Duke Ellington's birth centenary.

Meanwhile, at the South Bank's Purcell Room, the second London Moves series of concerts tonight features the exciting young pianist Jason Rebello and the equally adventurous saxophonist Tommy Smith. And lining up with his octet, opposite singer Christine Tobin, will be another saxophonist, Julian Arguelles.

Tomorrow, the same event has a South African feel as pianist Mervyn Africa and drummer Brian Abrahams take part in performances designed to demonstrate the breadth of jazz.

Also tomorrow, the Stables, in Milton Keynes, has secured a coup with Chick Corea and his trio - due at the Cheltenham Jazz festival next week.

Finally, the Tabernacle in Notting Hill plays host to Alex Wilson, a young pianist- composer whose recent album, Afro-Saxon, blends a variety of sounds, with Latin rhythms to the fore.

Roger Trapp