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Bristol Jazz week, Feb 2

February 1, 2014

(venue links down the page)

Here’s the weekly roundup. I’m cutting and pasting more stuff from the various venues’ listings. Do say if that’s helpful.

Sunday afternoon’s session at the Fringe in Clifton, the “jazz rendezvous”

 Tribute to Bobby Timmons featuring Mike Willox and Julien Alenda Trio. Music starts at 4PM. Followed by Jam Session. FREE ENTRY.
Special Guest Mike Willox – Piano

Julien Alenda – Alto Sax

Pasquale Votino – Double Bass

Mattia Collu – Drums

A strong prospect at the Corrie Tap on Tuesday, when James Morton shows off a new project – they say:

A brand new project from firebrand saxophonist James with Gary Alesbrook, trumpet; Alex Hutchings, guitar; Craig Connet, drums; Anders Olinder, keys. What a line-up! And they’re in the process of writing EP material which they’ll be previewing for the first time here tonight!

Not forgetting the University Jazz, Funk and Soul society‘s regular Tuesday session at the Big Chill bar, which I’ve not sampled but is reportedly a blast.

Freight are at the Canteen on Wednesday.

Top quality modern jazz quartet – Martin Jenkins’ piano and composition nod firmly towards the great Thelonious Monk while Greg Cordez’s bass and tunes lean in a contemporary Scandinavian direction. Either way, their combination with Craig Crofton’s saxophones and Richard Laws’ drumming is a stylish piece of work.

and there’s jazz-rock at the same venue Thursday from the Richard O’Brien sextet.

Thursday also sees the return to Jazz at Future Inns of local favourite Dave Newton. Last week’s brilliant session from James Gardiner-Bateman and Josh Arcoleo was absolutely packed, so get there early if you want a seat near the band, or even a seat…*

Meanwhile at the Fringe there’s the second excellent out-of-town booking in succession, a chance to catch Dan Wood‘s Monk project, with George Crowley, who won many admirers when he visited the Corrie last year. They say:

Dan Wood – Piano
George Crowley – Sax
Nick Malcolm – Trumpet
Olie Brice – Bass
Simon Roth – Drums

Five of the most prominent new voices on the London Jazz scene will be at Fringe Jazz on Thursday 6th February. The band is led by Monk disciple Dan Wood on piano and features the superlative George Crowley on sax,  Nick Malcolm, one of Bristol”s finest young musicians and now building a strong reputation in the capital, is on trumpet, with the in demand Olie Brice on bass and the the very fine Simon Roth at the drums. Tonight is the third gig on the bands first tour which sees them perform at venues from Cornwall through to London.

Also on Thursday is a date for Lady Nade at No 1, Harbourside.

The regular Friday night at the BeBop club in Hotwells sees club organiser Andy Hague‘s top notch quintet take the stand – Andy on trumpet, Ben Waghorn on sax, Jim Blomfield, Will Harris and Mark Whitlam.

And on Saturday, rising star vocalist Zara McFarlane brings her band to Colston Hall for a show in the Lantern, with support from first rate locals Moonlight Saving Time. Good info and listening links on their website.

Finally, into the following week, but Sunday 9th sees the rather thrilling prospect of Kit Downes‘ quintet coming to town for Jazz at the Albert (actually the Hen and Chicken – it’s not confusing, really) – but that deserves a separate preview nearer the time.

*Mike Collins has his usual excellent review of last week’s gig here. He’s doing pics now, too.

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