Bristol Jazz Week, 6 April

(venue links on RH side of the page)

Big start to the week with Jean Toussaint at the Hen and Chicken tomorrow (Sunday) with a fine quartet – see the previous post. So good I’ve booked to hear them even though we’re off to London the day after to catch Joe Lovano

Guitarist Neil Smith guests at the Jazz rendezvous session at the Fringe in Clifton earlier on Sunday (4.00-7.00).

If you fancy a small trip East, the splendid Ivo Neame‘s quintet tour calls at Baker Street in Swindon on Tuesday (free entry).

Kevin Figes (sax) and George Cooper (piano) do the duo thing at No 1, Harbourside on Tuesday WEDNESDAY night, and the fiery James Morton is down there on Friday. Vocalist Celestine has James Morton in her band at the Corrie Tap on Tuesday, too.

Kevin is over in Bath on Thursday, playing at St James Wine Vaults, the ever comprehensive tells us.

And busy man James Morton’s  band are also at Fringe Jazz in Clifton on Thursday (and you should probably book now if you want to catch Evan Parker there next week, on April 17th).

Craig Crofton and Martin Jenkins‘ excellent quartet Freight are at Future Inns the same night. They’ve now instituted a small entry payment (£5), but it’s a cover charge, redeemable for food or drink, so still a pretty good value gig…

Dick Hamer‘s quintet feature at the Be-Bop club in Hotwells on Friday. Their info says:

Saxophonist Dick Hamer and trumpeter Gethin Liddington are two of the finest and most popular jazz artists living across the bridge in South Wales. Dick has worked alongside major names including Stan Tracey, Pete King, Bobby Shew, Scott Hamilton, and on the non jazz side everything from Martha Reeves and the Vandellas to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Besides running his own band Good Katz, Gethin teaches at the Royal Welsh College and Bath Spa University. The two are travelling across to play with the top class Bristol rhythm section of Vyv Hope-Scott – piano, Greg Cordez – bass and Andy Hague – drums.

When I started this I was thinking it was a quiet week, but having checked all the websites (I do it so you don’t have to, folks), I’m reminded we don’t really have those any more. As usual, do add anything I’ve missed in the comments and I’ll update/tweet as necessary. It is also worth tweeting to the @BristolJazzFest account if you want notice of a gig retweeted, incidentally…



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