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Bristol Jazz Week, 24 May

May 24, 2014

An amazing couple of nights just gone (James Gardiner-Bateman and Josh Arcoleo in storming form at Future Inns, Nick Malcolm‘s quartet and Phronesis both rising to expectations at Colston the day after). I feel pretty much as if we’ve just had another mini jazz festival…

But the music goes on. So –

Tonight (Sat) Bristol European Jazz Ensemble play at BocaBar, starting at 9.00 pm. Free entry.

There’s some jazzy stuff this weekend in the much slimmed down Bath music festival. I’ve a train to catch shortly so you’ll have to chase up the details yourself, but I do know that what is probably the main event on Monday – Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble in the Abbey is sold out.

Thursday is the busiest night in Bristol, as per, with Gary Alesbrook‘s Duval Project at the Canteen, Dave Newton in the lovely jazz room down at Future Inns and Moscow Drug Club bringing a jazzy cabaret touch to the Fringe in Clifton.

Then  on Friday there’s the second set in a week from Nick Malcolm down at the BeBop club. This stop on his quartet’s CD launch tour sees him play with the remarkable Alex Hawkins on piano, rather than the equally splendid Corey Mwamba‘s vibes. Either way, it is a great quartet, with superb drumming from Ric Yarborough and Olie Brice contributing exactly the kind of bass playing they need – fluid, responsive, also able to make the simplest of backing figures sound elemental. The leader is on fine form, too. On Friday night just gone he unfolded a long, measured trumpet improvisation over a simply insistent three triplet backing that was one of the best things I’ve heard this year. If he can do that in the arid, bleakly furnished, windswept musical wasteland that is Colston Hall Foyer, playing over the babble of distant evening drinkers round the corner at the bar,  imagine how good he’ll sound in the cosy confines of the BeBop club in a venue that is actually suitable for presenting his subtle, engaging music…

That’s all I’ve got. Do put any omissions in the comments. Venue links are down the page.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. phil johnson permalink
    May 24, 2014 9:42 pm

    hi jon

    and of course also on thursday 29 may is matthew halsall at st george’s bristol, previewing his new album ‘when the world was one’ (gondwana), which is released on the following monday.

    more info here:

  2. May 25, 2014 7:07 am

    Of course! Sorry to forget that one – busy that night so it slipped my mind… Better service resumes next week, I hope.

  3. Mike Sheppard permalink
    May 25, 2014 10:39 am

    Monday 26 May at the Fringe, Steve Mulligan the original Southville sax supremo returns to Bristol to play with Mark Langford, Bob Helson, Phil Gibbs and Paul Anstey. A great Bristol player – not to be missed!

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