Nobody ever bothered to break the mould when they made the first Chicago bluesman. They've been rolling out of that town ever since in the way that automobiles used to roll out of Detroit. Many find fame, some remain obscure and others crystallise out of thin air, which, to all but a small troop of aficionados, is what Eddie King seems to have done. In fact, King, one of the inexhaustible chain of bluesmen the Jazz Club seems to specialise in recruiting, was playing Chicago clubs as long ago as 1957 with long-forgotten artists like Little Mac Simmons and big noises like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. His reputation as a guitarist made Willie Dixon seek him out as a collaborator, and not long after he was backing Sonny Boy Williamson in the famous Chess studios. From the mid-1950s through the 60s King played alongside every huge Chicago name in every club in town ... while waiting for his own big break, which never came. Curiously, while his talent was blasting loudest through his amps, King jumped the wrong trains and backed the wrong horses while looking for glory. In the 60s he went on lengthy tours of - wait for it - Alaska, where 'the blues' probably best describes something that happens to your extremities when the temperature drops. In the 70s he chose to accompany harpman Willie C Hobbs to the deep South when he could have been making big bucks alongside more of the brightest stars in his firmament. Then he moved to Peoria (that's in Arizona), where he may have had the hottest blues act in town, but it was in a town which could have been on Neptune. His biggest break came when he was hired by singer Koko Taylor in 1973, King emerging from obscurity to prosper in a two-decade partnership with her that restored him to a more noteworthy stage. And in the last few years he has been back on the road under his own steam. His five-night residency at the Jazz Club begins on Thursday; check out a neglected talent and a direct link to the old blues masters. The big attraction at the Fringe Club tonight is the Guy Le Claire Trio, which will again show off the remarkable skills of one of the region's finest jazz-rock guitarists. Le Claire was on searing form recently as part of R&B star John Ellison's backing band, his solos threatening to take off the Jazz Club roof. And continuing to blow audiences away this week is American saxophonist George Butts, now in residence with his trio at the Blue Note jazz bar at the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel.