Shock news this week, as the 12 year run of the Andy Bowie Quartet at The Elm Tree pub comes to an unexpected end (more details in our news item below).

We have no idea why this has happened - but, rather than speculate we suggest addressing your query directly to the new management of the Elm. That way, perhaps, it will be demonstrated just how popular this regular music fixture has become.

Meanwhile, if its jazz you're after, you can catch up with Andy & Co across the way at The Cricketers - and don't forget their excellent live album (pictured) reviewed on this very site.

For more music to your ears, our next radio show of highlights, recommendations and reviews is at 5.30 on Thursday 24 April, with, as always, the most recent show becoming available the following day as a podcast via the link above right. And, of course, if you're a musician yourself (or a promoter), you can also add your own professional details to our directory, or post your own gig listings in our fully searchable online events calendar.

Toby Venables - April 2008