Bristol jazz week, Jan 26
(venue links right had side of this page)
Sunday at the Coronation Tap sees Trish Brown, producer of the excellent late night jazz sessions at St George’s, wearing her other hat as jazz singer, and featuring music from a new recording. Details thus:
Formed in 2009, The Trish Brown Band deliver their own unique brand of blues, jazz, funk and nu-soul. The line-up features Tom Gilkes on drums, Mark Lawrence on guitar,Sam Mills on keys, Richard O’Brien on Bass, Jonathon Herbert on alto sax and is fronted by the exceptional Trish Brown on vocals. For this celebration of Good To Go’s release they will be joined on stage by special guests Pedro Alves (percussion) and Andy Hague (trumpet)!
Also in the evening, in another corner of Clifton, you can catch Craig Crofton’s Freight at the Alma. Earlier in the day, drummer John Blakeley‘s Messengers dig into hard bop at the Canteen, and you can catch them again at the BeBop club on Friday 31st (and check them out on audio here). It’s an impressive Bristol all stars line-up (Dan Moore – Keys, Jon Short – Bass, John Blakeley – Drums, Nick Malcolm – Trumpet, Kevin Figes – Alto Sax, Jake McMurchie – Tenor Sax).
Monday 27th has the first free (in both senses) session of the year at the Fringe in Clifton, featuring the (to me) unexpected combination of Hammond organ specialist Jean-Paul Gard and Dominic Lash on bass, along with Bob Helson (drums) and Mark Langford (reeds). In Bath there’s a chance to catch Emily Wright and the Royals at the Bell.
Thursday is busy, as usual. The heavyweight trio of Paul Dunmall (saxes), Mark Sanders Drums and – a rare sighting in the UK this – Paul Rogers on bass are at the Fringe. Tempting to go just to see Rogers, actually, a man of astonishing musical resources. Last time I saw him, he was playing a memorably beautiful, custom made seven string bass. Rumour has it that there may be more strings on his current model…
Also tempting is Thursday’s billing at Future Inns, which has James Gardiner-Bateman, currently on red hot form by all accounts, and Josh Arcoleo, an alto and tenor pairing which brings out the best in these two great players and good friends. And Kevin Figes and Jim Blomfield fill the late night slot at No 1 Harbourside.