Basic policy here is to point to John Law for gig of the week whenever he’s playing somewhere in reach of Bristol. Here’s why.
This time, the gig is extra-special as there are two trios for the price of one. As Law says,
It’s a double bill entitled The Contemporary British Jazz Piano Trio and will feature my trio and that of young, exciting pianist Alex Hutton. Both of us happen to use the same rhythm section of Yuri Goloubev (astonishing Russian bass virtuoso) and Asaf Sirkis (my sensational Israeli drummer I’ve played with now for nine years), so it’s a chance to contrast and compare two different, yet similar trios.
Sounds enticing. The gig is at Chapel Arts Centre in Bath on Weds 24th, and advance tickets, astonishingly, are only 8 quid. Box office here.
Having said which… After what has seemed like a bit of a lull, music is breaking out all over in the next few days/weeks – it must be Spring or something. If you can’t make it to Bath, Alex Hutton‘s trio have another date on their tour at the BeBop Club (which hasn’t had big crowds lately, apparently) on Friday, the Pushy Doctors are at The Fringe, Clifton on Thursday, although I’ll be going to St George’s to marvel again at June Tabor, this time with Huw Warrern and Iain Ballamy in Quercus – really looking forward to that one! – there’s a remarkable line-up of improvisers at Colston Hall on Saturday for Mopomoso, and the World Service Project are playing for Ian (Jazz at the Albert) Storror at the Hen and Chicken on Sunday. (Pause for breath – see the venue links list on the right for details of all these). Then St George’s have another more or less compulsory gig on Thursday May 2, with Marius Neset, and the Cheltenham Festival gets under way at the same time (Dave Douglas, Gary Burton, Mike Gibbs, Ravi Coltrane, and many more…). It will be hard to keep up, and we won’t manage it, but hope all these great gigs find their audience!