Here are the full details of the excellent series St George’s are promoting between now and the end of the year. Great to see the support acts and late night extras featuring local talent – Jim Blomfield supporting David Murray, for instance. Also particularly looking forward to the return of the excellent Michael Janisch…
World-class stars set for St George’s International Jazz Series
The hugely popular International Jazz Series returns in October to St George’s, Bristol, for a three month celebration of the very best jazz music has to offer. World-class artists appearing ‘up close and personal’ in the intimate setting of one of the UK’s best concert halls include the Grammy-winning trumpeter Hugh Masekela, star saxophonist David Murray, and Kind of Brubeck, pianist Darius Brubeck’s tribute to the music of his late father, Dave Brubeck.
Alongside the big names, the best of the local jazz scene can be heard in a series of special after show sessions in St George’s atmospheric Crypt bar.
The series kicks off on 16 October with tenor saxophonist David Murray, one of the most exciting instrumentalists in jazz whose deep, soulful style is evident in everything he does, from squawking blues and passionate ballads to recent big band dates with star vocalists Omara Portuondo and Macy Gray. As Murray – a huge favourite at the Bath Festival in years gone by – has not appeared in the West Country since 1993, this is going to be a very special night. His all-star US quartet is preceded by an opening set from the highly original and eclectic Bristol-based Jim Blomfield Trio.
Among the other acts, swinging quartet Kind of Brubeck and US-meets-UK supergroup Bunch of Fives take advantage of St George’s sumptuous acoustics to play completely ‘unplugged’, whilst English vocalist and pianist Liane Carroll performs the whole of her acclaimed ‘Ballads’ album with a special St George’s line-up featuring the album’s producer, James McMillan, on trumpet.
The long-awaited collaboration between charismatic lifelong friends Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis will be emotionally charged and highly entertaining. When two-times Grammy-winning trumpeter Masekela was forced to leave South Africa following the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, he ended up in New York City’s Manhattan School of Music, where he met fellow student and US pianist, Larry Willis. They will reunite at St George’s for a duo programme of their favourite tunes, leaning heavily on the Great American Songbook.
Phil Johnson, Senior Programme Producer for St George’s, says: “Bristol is a great jazz city and deserves the very best in visiting attractions. This autumn’s International Jazz Series is a dream line-up – Bristol pianist Jim Blomfield, whose trio supports David Murray on 16 October, is world-class already. I’m particularly pleased that we are also able to honour the thriving local scene with some special after show events selected as part of a Jazz Services/PRS scheme.”
These after-hours sessions will follow performances by Michael Janisch, Hugh Masekela and Lianne Carroll and will feature some of the finest emerging talent on the UK jazz scene including Moonlight Saving Time, Dakhla and The Jon Herbert Quartet.
Jazz Series Programme
David Murray Quartet – 16 October
Kind of Brubeck – 7 November
Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis – 14 November (includes after show event)
Michael Janisch / Bunch of Fives – 21 November (includes after show event)
Liane Carroll – 12 December (includes after show event)
Tickets for performances are currently on sale from St George’s Box Office, just off Park Street, Telephone 0845 40 24 001 and online – www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk
Special ticket offer: All those who book a Jazz Series event will get a discounted ticket (£8 instead of £13) for Michael Janisch/Bunch of Fives on Thursday 21 November.