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Bristol jazz week – Jun 29

June 28, 2014

Really liking the sound of Namvula, Zambian singer – not jazz, (tagged on soundcloud as “afro-folk”) but has a hell of a groove. She’s putting the hours in, with a set at the Canteen on Sunday afternoon, then the Tobacco Factory in the evening, and another at the Bell in Bath on Monday evening. Sample here.

Dancers will want to note the Swing Night with the Paper Moon Band at No 1 Harbourside on Sunday, starting at 6.00 pm.


Monday has the monthly free music session at the Fringe in Clifton, with special guests guitarist Mark Lawrence and the brilliant Dominic Lash on bass alongside regulars Mark Langford and Bob Helson. (I reviewed Lash’s recent album here, incidentally.)

Mark Lawrence again at the Canteen on Wednesday, in guitar trio mode this time.

The reliably enjoyable Dakhla have a date in Bath on Wednesday, at The Nest. Details here. How about a gig in Bristol soon, folks?

Thursday is the big night, as ever, though no Wynton Marsalis this week…

The reborn sessions at Future inns celebrate their 1st anniversary on Thursday – that year went fast – with the excellent Freight, featuring  Craig Crofton, tenor and soprano saxes, Martin Jenkins, piano, Greg Cordez, double bass, and Matt Brown, drums.

The Fringe the same evening has pianist Andy Novak’s trio.

And James Morton and friends are at the Old Duke.

Finally, I hear there’s a new jam session starting up at the ace cafe Tart on the Gloucester Rd Promenade in Bishopston. Free entry, starting at 8.00 pm, with drinks and tapas available – come to listen or to play with the house rhythm section. First go is this Friday, July 4. Worth checking out while the BeBop club are on their summer break…


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