Bristol jazz week – May 11

I’m out of town pretty much all week, but for those who aren’t here’s what I think is going on jazzwise…

A nice trio gig at the Hen and Chicken tonight (Sunday) with excellent visiting pianist Frank Harrison. There’s an enticing review of their recent CD here to whet your appetite.

Bristol Composers’ Collective may have something going on at the Wardrobe Theatre tomorrow (Monday), but I’ve seen no details. Might be worth checking their website nearer the time to see if there’s anything up there before the gig.

The Canteen on Wednesday has a new outfit called the Flamenco Jazz Brotherhood, who promise

A whole new take on Flamenco  as two of the best local players – Cuffy (guitar) and Ivan (percussion) – meet Cuban trumpet from Michel Padron and the impeccable jazz double bass of Roshan ’Tosh’ Wijetunge

Sounds intriguing.

Two nice ones on Thursday at the usual venues – Andy Sheppard  plays with pianist Mike Willox (not Denny Illett) and Percy Purseglove and the irrepressible Tony Orrell at the Fringe in Clifton, while Andy Hague brings a different quintet line-up from usual down to Future Inns,with Andy on trumpet, Nick Dover (leaving town soon) on sax, Jim Blomfield on piano, Greg Cordez, bass and Andy Tween, drums.

Bass player Dave Mannington’s Riff-Raff feature at the BeBop club on Friday, with an outstanding line-up for this visiting band – also featuring the wonderful Brigitte Beraha – vocals, Tomas Challenger – tenor sax, Ivo Neame – piano, Rob Updegraff – guitar and Tim Giles – drums. Some real stars of the young generation of British jazz players there. Hmm, might have to try and get back in time for that one…

On the other hand, if you fancy something a little more raucous, the Dale Sosimi Afrobeat Experience are playing the Lantern at Colston Hall, supported by the excellent Bristol Afrobeat Project.

That’s all for the coming week, but worth planning now for two notable dates the week after – Hot 8 Brass Band (Monday 19th at The Fleece) and my favourite current working trio, Phronesis at Colston Hall’s Lantern on Friday 23rd. The music just keep coming!



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