Coming up – Zoe Rahman, Bradford on Avon, March 3

A fine choice of jazz in Bristol and roundabout over the next few days, after what seemed a slight lull last week. There’s a new promotion at the Coronation Tap organised by saxophonist James Gardiner-Batemen, beginning on Tuesday with the Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet. They will play the first set, then Josh Arcoleo – not James this time – joins in for the second.

No first hand knowledge, but have had good reports of the work of the Armenian-born pianist Tigran, who is at St George’s on Thursday. And there’s a cracker on offer at The Bear the day after when US alto player Jim Snidero visits the BeBop club.

But the one I fancy most is a bit out of town on Saturday, when Zoe Rahman brings her quartet to the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon. As well as one of the very best of the current (rich) crop of young jazz pianists, we also get her regular drummer, the wondrously creative Gene Calderazzo, bassist Davide Mantovani (no relation, I assume) and Zoe’s brother Idris on clarinet.

The opening of their tour drew this four star review from John Fordham in the Guardian, so definitely worth a small Eastward excursion I think.

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