Dan's back at jazz night

Now entering its seventh successive – and successful – season, Jazz At the Villa continues tonight with a return visit of saxophonist Dan Forshaw and his quartet.

Having served as the resident band at the venue for five of the past seven years, the group is reducing its performances, and only visiting three times in 2010.

Saxophonist Dan Forshaw, who was born and brought up on the Fylde coast, now lives in Ireland and will be performing at The Villa as part of a series of UK wide engagements that are taking place during March.

The theme for these performances is a homage to three of the great tenor saxophonists - John Coltrane, Stan Getz and Sonny Rollins.

"Tribute nights are very much in vogue in the jazz community at present and whilst we have played the occasional tribute night at The Villa, we've never really gone the whole hog and featured music from such very different musicians," says Dan.

He fell under the spell of Coltrane, Getz and Rollins in his teens, whilst studying saxophone with master saxophonist, Blackpool's own Ray Wilkes.

"Whilst my friends were out buying the latest Oasis CD, I was often to be found browsing the jazz CD's for re-masters of these great players," said Dan. "Their influence was far beyond musical, Coltrane led me to studying a degree in theology – I don't think Liam and Noel have every managed that!"

Dan will be joined at The Villa by pianist Mike Taylor, bassist Phil Wood and Drummer J Hoy. The event starts at 8pm and entry is free.

Next month vocalist Sarah Ellen Hughes will be visiting The Villa as part of her nationwide album launch.

To keep in touch with jazz at The Villa twitter fans should go to @villajazznights or @danforshaw