Bristol jazz this week, August 24

The Old Duke Jazz Festival got under way on Saturday, and continues today and tomorrow. They’ve eschewed the outdoor stage, I noticed in passing yesterday, and the bands are playing from inside the pub, looking out. I guess that’ll keep them dry if/when it rains!

Pianist Andy Christie is at the Canteen on Wednesday night, with Gary Alesbrook (trumpet), John Short (bass) and Greg White (drums) to showcase material from a new album ‘Imaginary Friends’.

The always popular Pushy Doctors (Andy Sheppard, Dan Moore, Tony Orrell), enliven the Fringe in Clifton on Thursday night. There’s a familiar/unfamiliar offering at Future Inns the same evening. Familiar because the band is trading as Sound of Blue Note. Unfamiliar because the players are new to Bristol, I think. (A couple of changes of personnel since I said that! – see below).  The venue says:


James Morton and friends now have a Thursday night residency at the Gallimuafry on the Gloucester Rd prom. With the Friday night jam session a Tart a few doors away my own neighbourhood in BS6 is getting jazzier…

And something out of the ordinary next Sunday (30th). It would have been Sun Ra‘s 100th birthday, and the date is being celebrated with film and music at the Exchange in Old Market – as detailed here. Rather wonderfully, the Sun Ra Orchestra, now led by Marshall Allen who is a mere 90, are live at the Chicago Jazz Festival that day. Can’t go of course, but still have fond memories of seeing them at the Croft in Bristol not that many years ago. An amazing evening!

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