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Bristol jazz this week – July 18

July 19, 2016

Bristol247 held over their jazz listing this week – probably because Tony Benjamin has been writing so much other stuff, notably this review of Michelson-Morley‘s album launch on Sunday and this one of James Morton also launching a CD a few days before.

However, it’s up now – here – and rightly highlights a hometown show for a Bristol band who, like both of the above outfits, are attracting attention more widely in the UK, and beyond. In fact the splendid five-piece version of Dakhla Brass have recently been in Montreal for the jazz festival. Their always joyful shows are catching on, it seems, so it’s worth making a point of seeing them in Bristol while you can, I reckon.


Bristol jazz this week, July 11

July 11, 2016

Here’s the weekly link to Tony Benjamin’s preview of forthcoming jazz for Bristol 247, this week featuring a welcome visit from Ed Jones on Wednesday and an annoying clash next Sunday night…

Bristol jazz this week – July 4

July 4, 2016

Here’s the regular rundown from Tony Benjamin. Nothing quite as spectacular as Ernest Ranglin’s rather wonderful show last week, to my mind, but plenty of local variety…


Bristol jazz this week – June 27

June 28, 2016

Can’t seem to find the Bristol24/7 round-up on their website this week, so here are a few quick notes from me.

Andy Sheppard injected some extra magic into the second set from ace Swiss piano trio Vein played at the Hen and Chicken on Sunday night. He’s at it again on Wednesday (June 29), when the Pushy Doctors return to the Fringe, with a fighting fit Tony Orrell back in the drum chair. Mark Whitlam did a fine job last time I saw them, but Orrell’s infectious, loose swing is perfect for this trio.

Thursday (30th) sees another formidable sax exponent, Simon Spillett, return to Future Inns. His regular quartet also features John Critchinson (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums) – which is impressive. However, the saxophonist’s own website indicates he’s playing a guest spot with a trio “TBC”, so expect his accomplices this time to to be no less worthy players from nearer home*.

Friday (July 1) has the unmissable Bristol date for guitar legend Ernest Ranglin‘s final tour at Colston Hall, with the excellent Eyebrow – the duo of clever improvisers Pete Judge on trumpet and loops and Paul Wigens on drums – enlivening the foyer beforehand.

If you don’t fancy any of these, you could try Mark Lawrence‘s guitar/organ trio Groovelator (Canteen, Weds 29th) or New Yorkers with a new angle on trad, The Tin Pan Band at the same venue on Thursday. FInally, Altoist James Morton, recently featured in Jazzwise, leads his regular full steam ahead funk session at the Gallimaufry in Bishopston on Thursday, and pops up again at No 1 Harbourside the following night.

*update – yes, it’ll be Andy Nowak on piano, Riaan Vosloo on bass and Ian Matthews on drums: fine players all:)

Bristol jazz this week – June 20

June 20, 2016

No time…   no time…

However, must note a great gig by John Law’s New Congregation at Future Inns last week. Would have been good to see a few more folks there: summer doldrums? Dunno.

And here’s the link for Tony Benjamin’s hand-crafted guide to the coming week’s jazz and related stuff. Vein were indeed very impressive (though never did figure out why they chose the name) at St George’s a while back, so good to see they are coming our way again next weekend.

Bristol jazz week, June 13 – and Summer dates

June 13, 2016

Here’s Mr B‘s run down of the musical delights on offer in Bristol this week. Plenty going on: I’d say that Phronesis, followed by Julian Arguelles Tetra (both of whom I managed to catch), followed by John Law (Future Inns this Thursday) in a week seems a pretty unbeatable sequence of gigs. Law, who lives in Somerset, is a bit of a local hero but also a jazz pianist and composer of international stature. If he recorded for ACT or ECM he’d be famous. As it is, we get to hear his marvellous work in small venues like this. He’s nearing the end of a long tour showcasing work from his latest double CD. The band made a call at the BeBop club earlier in the year that I missed, so really pleased there’s another chance to hear this quartet. There’s a good review of the recording here from fellow pianist Mike Collins.

As Tony Benjamin says, the BeBop club is quiet now for the Summer, but the music goes on. The next really big treat should be the peerless Ernest Ranglin‘ at Colston Hall on July 1 – a farewell tour, this, after sixty years on the road and as well as some long-time cohorts, the tour band also features Soweto Kinch which should bring a more contemporary flavour to the proceedings. Intriguing.

Meanwhile, The Fringe have decided to carry on all Summer, so there will be at least one weekly fix.  I think Future Inns will probably keep ’em coming, too, although they only have dates listed at the moment up to the end of this month. But for advance planners, here’s the very strong Fringe running order until end of August.

                  Dave Mowat – Trumpet
                  Julien Alenda – Saxophones
                  Anders Olinder – Keyboards
                  Pasquale Votino – Double Bass
                  Andy Tween – Drums

                John Pearce – Violin
                Dave Newton – Piano
                Will Harris – Double Bass
                Ian Matthews – Drums
                   Andy Sheppard – Saxophones
                   Dan Moore – Keyboards
                   Tony Orrell – Drums
                  Andy Sheppard – Saxophones
                  Craig Crofton – Saxophones
                  Dan Moore – Keyboards
                  Tony Orrell – Drums
13th July      ED JONES’ BAD ASH – £10
                   Ed Jones – Sax
                   Mark Lewandowski – Bass, Mark Sanders – Drums
                   + special guest Nick Malcolm – Trumpet
20th July  JAMES MORTON BAND  – £9
27th July  PERDATO – £9
                   Percy Pursglove – Trumpet & Double Bass
                   Dan Moore – Keyboards
                   Tony Orrell – Drums
                   Andy Sheppard – Saxophones
                   Percy Pursglove – Trumpet & Double Bass
10 Aug   ELLA JULIAN BAND – £9
              Ella Julian – Vocals
              Gary Alesbrook – Trumpet & Flugelhorn
              Anders Olinder – Keyboards
              Andy Tween – Drums
              John-Paul Gard – Hammond Organ
              Matt Hopkins – Guitar
              Toby Perrett – Drums

                 Nick Malcolm – Trumpet
                 Nick Dover – Tenor Sax
                 George Cooper – Piano

Will Harris – Double Bass

                 Matt Brown – Drums
31 Aug     SILVERADO – £10
A Tribute to Horace Silver

Andy Hague – Trumpet
Ben Waghorn – Tenor Sax
Kevin Figes – Alto Sax
Jim Blomfield – Piano
Greg Cordez – Double Bass

                Simon Gore – Drums

Bristol jazz week, June 6

June 6, 2016

Oops, late again – but here‘s Tony Benjamin‘s gig list for the coming week.

As he says, new compositions from Greg Cordez will be good to hear on Wednesday. He’s a thoughtful and varied composer, as my CD review here noted.

The Kenny Garrett set at the Bebop club sounds good as well, but note that you can also hear the amazing Phronesis, just by getting train over to Bradford-on-Avon. The Wiltshire Music Centre’s about 10 mins walk up the hill from the station, and that’s where I’ll be on Friday night. A chance to hear this remarkable trio live is not to be missed.

And after that, there’s yet another choice booking, with Julian Arguelles’ Tetra at the Lantern at Colston Hall on Sunday night (12 June). That’s so enticing that Mr B has a separate preview here. This tour was the Guardian‘s jazz pick of the week, too. They really are one of the best quartets around, and bristling with talent – with Arguelles’ sax teamed with younger piano star Kit Downes, everyone’s favourite drummer James Maddren, and Sam Lasserson on bass. Their last Bristol appearance went down a treat at the Hen and Chicken, and they were even more impressive, if anything, at the Brecon Jazz festival, when I seem to remember comparing them to Keith Jarrett’s old “European” quartet. Not to imply that the music is the same, just trying to find a measure for how good they are.

This video captures them well.


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