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Bristol jazz week, May 5

May 5, 2014

A late one, because: Cheltenham. (There’s a quartet of reviews up so far at LondonJazzNews). Here’s how the Bristol jazz week looks from Monday evening.

The Bruce/Ilett sextet shake up the Coronation Tap tomorrow (Tuesday), swing dance dress optional…

There’s a nice one at Cafe Jazz in Cardiff on Thursday (nice venue, just round the corner from the station) – Huw Warren‘s Coybois and Sheppards and Paula Gardiner‘s trio. Details here.

Thursday in Bristol: Celestine Walcott-Gordon sings at Future Inns, and the mighty line-up of John Pearce (violin), James Morton (alto) and Dave Newton (pno) feature at the Fringe in Clifton. Vocalist Cathy Jones is at No 1 Harbourside. If you’re in Bath, catch uber-pianist Jason Rebello at St James Wine Vaults.

Friday: Gary Alesbrook‘s Duval project at No 1 Harbourside and the Bristol European Jazz Ensemble at the Be-bop club. Who are they? well…

Bristol’s jazz scene has become increasingly cosmopolitan over the past couple of years, as many fine players from across Europe have settled in the city. Although a long-term Bristol resident, warm-toned trumpeter Dave Mowat is himself part Swiss and has assembled this impressive multi-national line-up. Alto saxophonist Julien Alenda is from Normandy in France, and has lived in Bristol for a couple of years. He has a great sound influenced by Cannonball Adderley and Kenny Garrett. Swedish pianist Anders Olinder has lived in Bristol for many years, and has built a national reputation working with Tony Kofi, Tony Remy, Pee Wee Ellis, Peter Gabriel and many more. Bassist Pasquale Votino is a recent arrival from Italy where he obtained a classic diploma in double bass at Conservatorio Nicola Sala in Benevento, and also from Italy we have drummer Paolo Adamo.

There’s a second brilliant jazz gig in a fortnight at Wiltshire Music Centre on Sat 10th, with a Brit jazz superstar line-up. (Some oxymorons can be true, I tell you).

Nikki Iles Piano
Norma Winstone Vocals
Mike Walker Guitar
Stan Sulzmann Saxophone
Mick Hutton Bass
James Maddren Drums

Might have to work out the best option for getting there now we no longer have our own car…

And Sunday next, May 11th, sees Ian Storror’s next gig at the Hen and Chicken, Frank Harrison‘s trio. You may have seen him with Gilad Atzmon, and he’s well worth catching as a leader.


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  1. May 23, 2014 3:17 pm

    Hi my friend. Thanks for the write up for BEJE for May 11th. We’re playing (a quartet version with Knud Stuwe replacing Anders and Julien’s away) at Bocabar tomorrow Sat 24th 9pm. Would be great to have a review….and St James Wine Vaults June 5 and Future Inns June 19th. Well done for all this attention to jazz! Much appreciated…David Mowat

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