Bristol Jazz Week, March 30


(Venue links to left of this page)

A special fundraiser tomorrow (Sunday) night at St George‘s: The London Swing Orchestra play a benefit concert for the Tressell Trust, which runs four food banks in  Bristol. There’s a sentence I never imagined having to write, but that tells you all you need to know about the government someone seems to have elected a few years ago…  Oh no, we didn’t, really, did we? Go along, enjoy the music, or do your bit to get this lot out next year. Better still do both!

Politics done with, for now, some other gigs:

There’s blues at the Alma Tavern in Clifton Sunday night with Matt Woosey, “a young contemporary blues artist from the West Midlands, who combines an explosive slap-and-pick right hand guitar technique with big-range blues vocals”.

The very wonderful Dakhla Brass – even brassier now they’ve added a trombone to the two sax and trumpet front line – appear at the Coronation Tap the same night.

Kevin Figes guests at the monthly free jazz session at the Fringe in Clifton on Monday, and Greg Cordez‘s excellent quintet (with Jake McMurchie, Nick Malcolm, Jim Blomfield, Mark Whitlam) play there on Thursday.

New line up with familiar faces at the Canteen on Wednesday. The Play have Seb Gutiez, guitar, Martin Jenkins keys, Tom Allen, bass and Matt Brown, drums, and play “stoner jazz” which somehow sounds right for the venue… See a bit of them here:

John Pearce‘s band, with the great Dave Newton on piano,  play Future Inns on Thursday and Cathy Jones’ Balanca bringing a Brazilian flavour to the BeBop club on Friday.

Final mention – an unusually strong free improv evening programmed at the Cube in Stokes Croft on Thursday, with four different line-ups. Details here


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