Bristol jazz week, Jan 5th

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Regular venues are all back in action this week, and there’s a new Sunday afternoon session starting today (Jan 5) at the Fringe in Clifton. Under the title The Jazz Rendezvous, it features Denny Illett in a tribute to the guitarists’ guitarist, Wes Montgomery, along with saxophonist Julian Alenda’s trio. Free entry, starting at 4pm, and followed by a jam session.

Tuesday brings a new (to me) band to the Coronation Tap. Crofton, Smith, Brown and Moore are an organ quartet, and that’s Craig Crofton (sax) and Dan Moore (organ) so seasoned exponents of the genre.

Wednesday offers an unusually high quality quartet of improvisers at the Arnolfini, featuring bassist Dominic Lash with Tim Hodgkinson, Denman Maroney and percussionist Paul Lytton.

The Fringe Thursday sessions just carry on, as they eschewed an Xmas break, so this Thursday with James Morton is actually their second gig of the New Year.  Thursday also sees resumption of the regular dates at Future Inns at Cabot Circus, with Dave Newton at the piano. Also that night a new band at the Canteen, Ritmo Salski, with some very familiar Bristol faces in a new combination: Ruth Hammond, organ, Jake McMurchie, sax, Tammy Payne, voice, Matt (Phantom Limb) Jones drums. They promise a Cubano-jazz fusion.

Friday action at the BeBop club also resumes, with a new line-up led by Andy Hague‘s trumpet, exploring Miles and Chet Baker trumpet work from the 1950s. In Bath the same night the great John Law brings his new electronica trio Boink! to Burdall’s Yard, a super venue on the London Road.

Finally, next Sunday (12th) sees Andy Sheppard‘s new quartet, with trumpeter/bassist Percy Pursglove, Denny Illett and drummer Dylan Howe at the Hen and Chicken in Southville, a nice way to start Ian Storror’s new season south of the river.

So potentially quite a busy week, but worry not – you will see most of these players, and bands around town again. Crofton, Smith and Moore and Boink! are both playing at the BeBop club next month, for instance.

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