Bristol jazz week, Jan 12

(venue links down on the right side of the page)

Didn’t actually make it to a gig myself this week, but hope some other people did.

If you didn’t, or you want more, here is the usual list of jazz happenings over the next seven days or so.

First a reminder that Andy Sheppard‘s intriguing new quartet with Denny Illett, Percy Purseglove and Dylan Howe are at the Hen and Chicken in Southville tomorrow (Sunday). I won’t make that either as I’m off to listen to poetry in London, but it looks highly recommendable. There was a nice write up in the Post‘s weekend magazine, incidentally, where Tony Benjamin is still providing notice of the noteworthy jazz events – although there’s no way at the moment to access this online, as far as I can figure. Competition on Sunday appears in the form of a latin jazz night at the Coronation Tap featuring Tammy Payne and Jake McCmurchie in Chrimoya.

Sheppard features again at the Fringe in Clifton on Thursday, when the splendid Pushy Doctors affectionately deconstruct some of their ever-expanding repertoire of standards and pop tunes. John Pearce‘s extrovert violin will be egged on by regular visitor Dave Newton on piano and the ubiquitous James Morton at Future Inns at Cabot Circus the same evening. Morton is also being funky at the Golden Lion on Gloucester Rd on Saturday 18th.

Friday sees an excellent prospect at the BeBop club at the Bear in Hotwells, a quintet featuring both rising trumpet star Reuben Fowler and James Gardiner-Bateman on alto sax. Fowler won the Royal Academy’s Kenny Wheeler prize last year, and put together an impressive debut CD for Edition records featuring a cross-generational big band. It’ll be good to hear him in this smaller ensemble.

The same night, a train ride away, you can catch the remarkable Empirical making a rare visit to Cardiff for an evening at the RWCMD.

Finally, going to keep this weekly thing going for those (like me) who often make up their minds on the night, but if you want a useful rundown of things coming up in Bristol and Bath over the next few months, Mike Collins has a pretty comprehensive post here.



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