Bristol jazz week, June 22
The main event this week has to be the Lincoln Centre Orchestra‘s show at Colston Hall on Thursday.
They’ve done a London residency each Summer for the last few years but this is the first time they have toured more widely here for quite a while. That alone deserves a good turn out. The set list is celebrating Blue Note’s 75th anniversary, so they should have some great pieces to work with, and ones that keep leader Wynton Marsalis on territory where he shines (I find his work delving further back than that a bit too respectful, myself). The band is full of fantastic players, including the wonderful Scottish baritone player Joe Temperley and a host of regular Marsalis associates – Victor Goines and Walter Blanding on saxes, Marcus Printup and Ryan Kisor on trumpets, to name but a few, and they put on a great show.
Here they are doing Joe Henderson, which is about as Blue Note typical as you can get.
There’s a bonus set from Andy Hague‘s excellent quintet in the bar afterwards, so we can hope to see a few jamming Lincoln Centre players then, too.
Sunday has an evening jazz session at the Alma Tavern, with Craig Crofton (Sax), Neil Smith (Guitar), Matt Brown (Drums) and Dan Moore (Keys)
Dan leads from the keyboard at the Coronation Tap on Tuesday, with Denny Ilett, guitar and Matt Brown again on drums.
Singer Molly Miranda King is at the Canteen on Wednesday, with three of Bristol’s finest – George Cooper, piano, Greg Cordez, bass and Mark Whitlam, drums.
If you don’t fancy Colston, guitarist John Dalton leads a trio at the Fringe in Clifton on Thursday. Also Thursday, unfortunately, is a fine band led by pianist Tom Hewson at Future Inns. The rest are George Crowley (saxes), Nick Malcolm (tpt) Ferg Ireland (bass) and James Maddren (drums), so a pretty enticing line-up of come of the country’s very best young players. Or you can drop by the Golden Lion on Gloucester Rd (free entry) and hear Mike Willox playing tango, which will also be fun.
James Morton on Friday at the Golden Lion rounds off the week.