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Bristol Jazz Week, 23 Feb

February 22, 2014

Looking forward to the Jazz Festival in a fortnight now, but there’s still plenty going on this week.

The Christian Wallumrod ensemble at St George’s tomorrow rounds off the first New Music Weekend in the city, and seem perfectly suited to the venue’s thrilling acoustic. The after hours show from Nick Malcolm on trumpet and vibes marvel Corey Mwamba should be memorable, too. Denny Illett has a solo guitar gig at the Canteen in the afternoon and the Zen Hussies are the Alma Tavern in the evening.

Monday has the regular monthly free improv session at the Fringe in Clifton, “with special guest David Mowat, trumpet, plus regulars Mark Langford, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone, Phil Gibbs, guitar, Paul Anstey, double bass, Bob Helson, drums”.

Gary Alesbrook‘s trumpet leads his Duval Project at the Coronation Tap on Tuesday

Difficult choices, as usual, on Thursday: Sax player James Morton‘s band at the Fringe, while Nick Dover on sax and Rob York on guitar lead the enigmatically named Within These Vessels at Future Inns. They say:

Within These Vessels is the combined writing of Nick Dover and Rob York. The quintet features entirely original music inspired by the desire to write tunes that prize a higher degree of through-composition, beautiful harmony, and good melodies. Inspired by the music of the Brian Blade Fellowship, Pat Metheny, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Dave Binney and many more; ‘Within These Vessels’ aim to continue writing and performing music that is true to their love of music. Though a new group, ‘Within These Vessels’ debuted to a critical yet receptive audience at the Bristol Composers Collective night, and followed this success with a gig at the Big Chill for the JFS society with great success. ‘Within the Vessels’ are now developing material in preparation for an EP recording in the spring. We look forward to welcoming these guys to the Jazz at Future Inn stage…

In addition, the splendidly raucous Bristol Afrobeat Project play the Canteen, and Brass Junkies enliven the Old Duke, while I’ll be checking out John Renbourn and Wizz Jones, who offer a tasty acoustic blues guitar evening at St George’s.

On Friday there’s a date for Kevin Figes’ new octet – as seen at Bristol Composers’ Collective – at the BeBop club.

This new project from Kevin Figes has grown from the Bristol Composers Collective sessions, and features an unusual line-up which really allows Kevin to flex his composing and arranging chops. The group includes two singers who are utilised wordlessly as instruments, and two drummers provide extra percussion textures. Kevin Figes – alto sax, Nick Dover – tenor sax, Emily Wright & Cathy Jones – vocals, Jim Blomfield – piano, Will Harris – bass, Mark Whitlam and Lloyd Haines – drums. The band will have just recorded their first CD so should be on top form, and are also booked to play at Birmingham Symphony Hall the following week.

If you’re up the Gloucester Rd, the mighty Dakhla are at the Golden Lion, making themselves heard over the Friday night crowd, I hope.

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  1. February 22, 2014 7:24 pm

    Reblogged this on whatsonwhere.

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