Bristol jazz this week – Dec 1


Bristol’s jazz week kicks off with the always entertaining Emily Wright and the Royals at the Canteen on Monday night. The same venue has the rather splendid Bristol Afrobeat Project on Thursday.

Guitarist Mark Lawrence’s quartet , with Arabella Sprot on sax, feature at the Fringe in Clifton on Thursday. The normal gig at Future Inns that night appears to be a private party this week, if I understand the website.

The BebBop Club at the Bear in Hotwells has a promising looking date on Friday (details below). And club organiser Andy Hague takes his own excellent quintet down to the Hen and Chicken next Sunday (Dec 8), with alto sax man James Gardiner- Bateman joining the front line alongside Hague and tenorist Ben Waghorn. There’s Sunday night competition this week from the violin virtuoso John Pearce and his band at the Alma Tavern in Clifton.

Colston Hall offers two foyer gigs this week – Manchester based quartet Mercury on Friday and, slightly unexpectedly, the Dominic Lash Quartet on Saturday. Unexpectedly not because they’re not good (Alexander Hawkins, on keys, is an extraordinary musician, for starters), just wondering how they’ll come across in that space on a Saturday. Looks like an opportunity to see something rather remarkable to start your evening, for free…

Slightly farther afield, the scintillating Corey Mwamba has a rare date with his fine vibes/bass/drums trio with Dave Kane and Josh Blackmore in Bath on Friday. Details of that one here, but you may hear more about it from me later in the week…

Meanwhile: BeBop Club, Dec 6th –

they say…

Tom Green Septet
A real treat in store with a full seven piece band travelling from London, which is made possible by the club’s Jazz Services/PRS Foundation grant. Trombonist Tom Green won the 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition. His septet weaves together influences as diverse as Brazilian Choro and New Orleans Second Line to form tunes with striking melodies, colourful harmony and propulsive grooves. The group was formed in November 2012 and has since spent time refining its material through live performances at venues including The Forge and Wigmore Hall to create a cohesive and unique group voice. Bringing together some of the most talented young musicians in the London jazz scene, the group creates a distinct sound world using the full range of textures available in the seven-piece ensemble, and has been gaining a strong following and fine reviews since its inception. “some of the most exciting original new music I have heard for a long time.” – Dame Cleo Laine.“Remarkable..only the very best arrangers can get a sound like that from four horns.” – Evan Parker. Tom Green—trombone, Matthew Herd – alto sax, Sam Miles – tenor sax, James Davison – trumpet, Sam James – piano, Misha Mullov-Abbado – bass &  Scott Chapman – drums.


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