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Bristol jazz week, 20 July

July 20, 2014

If you want some music to round off HarbourFest weekend, then James Morton and friends will oblige at the Alma tonight (Sunday).

Wednesday night there’s a welcome chance to hear Sophie Stockham‘s ambitious new band  Sefrial at the Canteen. Their debut gig at Colston Hall a little while ago was excellent, so it’ll be interesting to hear how they are developing. Great line-up, described thus:

Dakhla’s alto saxophonist Sophie Stockham’s new project featuring Jake McMurchie on tenor sax, Joe Wilkins on guitar, Greg Cordez on bass and Matt Brown on drums. This inventive new project performs music with an eclectic range of influences including The Tin Hat trio, avant-rockist composer John Zorn and post-boogaloo experimentalists Medeski, Martin & Wood.

(LATE CORRECTION – this one’s been postponed as of Weds p.m. Sophie S and friends will play a regular set instead.)

Pianist Mike Willox‘s trio play The Fringe in Clifton Thursday evening, and Gary Alesbrook’s Duval Project are at Future Inns. Their Facebook page is promising a three piece string section  so the stage will be quite crowded.

That’s all I have this week, but Festival season in full swing now elswehere. Loads of interesting music at Womad this coming weekend, as ever. If you fancy something smaller, the Village Pump folk festival in Trowbridge the same weekend looks fun, too. Also just a few weeks now until Brecon Jazz Festival (Aug 8-10) with a pretty special 30th anniversary programme. More on that soon.

P. S. SERIOUS OMISSION above! Mike Westbrook’s Big Band play Barnfield Theatre Exeter Friday. Definitely worth a trip.




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