Tonight also sees Ruby Turner, long dubbed Britain's answer to Aretha Franklin, at the Blackheath Concert Halls. An R'n'B singer of rare power and soul, she has lately enjoyed some acclaim for her album, Guilty (Indigo Records) that - in parts, at least - does justice to her talents. She's also recently toured with the similarly timewarped Jools Holland. If she lets rip on the old Etta James show-stopper "I'd rather Go Blind", then it will be obvious why she became a critics' darling way back in the early 1980s.
Monday sees Ronnie Scott's, Frith Street welcome the legendarily explosive drummer Billy Cobham with a quintet that features Randy Brecker. Cobham is a veteran of the Miles Davis and John McLaughlin fusion bands, while trumpeter Brecker has performed with the likes of Horace Silver and Charlie Mingus as well as his saxophonist brother Michael. Fusion is enjoying something of a renaissance and Cobham and Brecker are probably about as good practitioners of it as you are likely to see.
On Tuesday, the inventive young vibes player Anthony Kerr, whose recent album Now Hear This (Ronnie Scott's Jazz House) is a remarkably varied and accomplished set, plays a free lunchtime show at Cabot Hall, Canary Wharf (0171-418 2060) in London's Docklands.Reuse content