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Bristol jazz week, 8 June

June 7, 2014

Phil Robson organ trio on Sunday night (see previous post) deserves another mention. The Kiris Riviere Blues band are at the Alma the same evening while Dixieland exponents The Rhythm Pencils are at the Coronation Tap.

Bristol Composers’ Collective have their monthly date at the Wardrobe Theatre upstairs at the White Bear, St Michael’s Hill on Monday, promising new pieces by sax players Jake McMurchie and Kevin Figes and bassist Jeff Spencer. McMurchie’s trio Michelson Morley started out there and are now getting rave reviews for their debut CD so you might just get to hear music that takes the nation’s ear in a year’s time.

Johnny Bruce‘s tribute to the trumpet kings (from Armstrong onwards) gets an airing at the Coronation Tap on Tuesday.

There’s a guitar duo night at No 1 Harbourside on Wednesday, with Mark Laurence and Tristram Cox.

Singer Becki (Becky?) Biggins is at Future Inns on Thursday and Andy Hague‘s quintet are joined by Andy Sheppard at Fringe jazz the same evening – an interesting combination that will see the excellent tenor player Ben Waghorn play alongside Bristol’s best known saxophonist. Another great saxophone player appears in Bath, with Art Themen making one of his regular visits to St James Wine Vaults.

Finally, Friday’s season closer before the BeBop’s club‘s Summer break is a hard bop special featuring Andy Hague – trumpet, Julien Alenda – alto sax, Jake McMurchie – tenor sax, Vyv Hope-Scott – piano, Greg Cordez – bass and Andy Tween – drums. They’ve had a fluctuating audience this year, so here’s hoping there’s a decent crowd for this excellent line-up paying tribute to Blakey and Silver.

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