There's a rich menu of jazz coming up over the next few weeks.
First there's the Kyle Eastwood Band at the Lincoln Drill Hall on May 3, followed by the Lincoln Jazz Week starting with singer Claire Martin and The Montpellier Cello Quartet and finishing with Georgie Fame and Sons in Concert and a whole lot of appetising gigs, most of them free, sandwiched between.
Kyle Eastwood has his famous father to thank for introducing him to the world of jazz.
Clint Eastwood loved listening to the greats and would take Kyle on his annual family outing to the Monteray Jazz Festival.
Kyle's childhood in California had jazz as its soundtrack and he credits his jazz-loving Hollywood star father with introducing him to the big stars who were performing at that time.
Kyle was encouraged to take up the double bass by the great Ray Brown.
Kyle's band's music is sharp, funky and very accessible taking sideways glances at rock and fusion and will appeal to a wide 'cross-over' audience of modern music fans.
His band, which features predominantly British musicians, tours extensively in Europe and the US. The line up is Kyle Eastwood – double & electric basses, Andrew McCormack – piano, Graeme Blevins – saxophone, Quentin Collins – trumpet, Martyn Kaine – drums. Tickets: £14, Concessions £12, Students £7 Lincoln Drill Hall. Ticketline 01522 873894 www.lincolndrillhall.com
The Lincoln Drill Hall is also hosting the opening gig of 'Jazz Week 2013' with Claire Martin and The Montpellier Cello Quartet on May 10, 8pm – Tickets: £14 (£12), Students £7.
Claire Martin OBE has received numerous awards and plaudits from around the world, especially in America.
She has collaborated with many great artists on the jazz scene as well as with more popular stars such as Paul McCartney and Noel Gallagher and co-stared with the late Sir Richard Rodney Bennett on a number of projects and has had the honour of opening for the great Tony Bennett. Claire has also presented BBC Radio 3's 'Jazz Line Up' since 2000.
This chamber-jazz adventure promises a magical fusion of musical genres and a new perspective to songs such as Kurt Weill's My Ship, Tom Waits' Old Boyfriends and Lennon and McCartney's She's leaving Home. Ticketline 01522 873894 www.lincolndrillhall.com
From 7-8pm ahead of Claire Martin's performance catch the very talented pianist Colin Dudman solo piano in the Drill Hall, Café Bar.
Commuter Jazz at Lincoln University will see The Jazz Heritage Quartet at the Zing Bar 5-7pm. Both these gigs are free.
Midnight Masquerade + GO-Jive, a five piece band will be at the Lincoln Hotel Saturday, May 11 (free).
On Sunday, May 12 at The Strugglers will be Pete Johnson 4pm, Wendy Kirkland Duo 7.30pm at Lincolnshire Red, Andy Aichison Trio 8.30pm at the Straight & Narrow – all free.