Bristol Jazz week, May 17th

There are lots of nice things happening down at the Tobacco Factory this weekend, including the Bristol European Jazz Ensemble at 5.45 on Sunday. It’s a food and drink festival with continuous music. Full music programme here.

The Hot 8 Brass Band will raise the temperature at The Fleece on Monday night, second stop on a British tour that takes in Cardiff on Weds. And there’s more super funked up brass at the same venue on Wednesday with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Kevin Figes’ excellent quartet (with Jim Blomfield, piano, Will Harris, bass and Mark Whitlam, drums) are at the Fringe on Thursday, while alto player James Gardiner-Bateman leads a session at Future Inns which also sees a return visit for the remarkable Jason Rebello on piano.

Friday offers pianist Andy Nowak‘s trio at the Be-Bop club in Hotwells, and what promises to be an extra-special evening at Colston Hall with Nick Malcolm‘s quartet doing a foyer set before a gig by trio of the moment Phronesis. They are, to my taste, one of the best live bands currently performing, and their new CD is a marvel. In fact they deserve a separate post later in the week. Meantime: just go!


(NB – nice John Fordham preview of Phronesis here in the Guardian Guide – but Bristol gig really is on Friday, not Thursday.)

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