Jazz preview: July 7-13

Roy Hargrove, London | Cecil Taylor Quartet, Ornette Coleman Quartet, London

Roy Hargrove
London

Roy Hargrove originally appeared as a technically-assured, Marsalis- influenced trumpeter who appeared to share his inspiration's enthusiasm for protecting the classic jazz tradition. But, despite high-profile tours with such legends as Herbie Hancock and the late Michael Brecker, gospel-reared Hargrove's purist streak gave way to a personal music much closer to soul jazz, with its pumping grooves and sermonising horn-wailing, but there's always been a jazz twist in there. However much he popularises his work, Hargrove is closer than most to the musicality, collective tautness and muscular spontaneity that made Miles so special at crossovers. Also on this bill is Italian singer Roberta Gambarini, an instrument-mimicking vocalist who has worked with Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Toots Thielemans, Christian McBride and many others.

· Ronnie Scott's, W1, Mon 9 to Wed 11

Cecil Taylor Quartet, Ornette Coleman Quartet
London

Despite over four decades dedicated to overturning the harmonic framework of jazz, blues remains the heartbeat for saxophonist Ornette Coleman, who plays the Monday night on this rare pair of gigs devoted to legendary American jazz avantists who came to prominence in the 1960s. Coleman has written symphonic scores, and experimented with ethnic improvisors, but his unique themes retain a songlike openness, and an enduring honesty and grace - this agile group with two bassists and his son Denardo Coleman on drums is ideal. The Sunday show features just as waywardly inspirational an artist - pianist Cecil Taylor - in a band including regular partners Tony Oxley (percussion) and William Parker (bass). But the clincher might just be the inclusion of multi-sax virtuoso and composer Anthony Braxton, a meeting of musical envelope-busters happening for the very first time.

· Royal Festival Hall, SE1, Sun 8, Mon 9

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John Fordham

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