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Bristol jazz week – 13 September

September 13, 2014

Bristol European Jazz Ensemble appear at the Canteen on Wednesday, doubtless showcasing material from their very nice recent “live at the Fringe” CD. They are: Dave Mowat, trumpet, Julien Alenda, also sax, Anders Olinder , keys, Pasquale Votino, bass and Marco Anderson, drums. Mike Collins has just reviewed the recording here. It made him want to hear them live…

A special night at the Fringe in Clifton on Thursday. Improvising pianist Pat Thomas, recently seen to good effect with Steve Williamson, journeys from Oxford to lead a quintet, also featuring Geoff Hawkins – Tenor Sax, Aaron Hawkins – Alto Sax, the brilliant Bristol resident Dominic Lash – Double Bass and Tony Orrell – Drums. Thomas has worked with a vast range of free players in the UK and Europe since the 198os. Some career details here. This is a rare opportunity to see him in Bristol.

Gary Alesbrook’s Duval Project return to Future Inns the same evening.

James Chadwick‘s Wakahume play the BeBop club in Hotwells on Friday. They say:

Guitarist James Chadwick approaches his music in a distinctive and thoughtful way, blending ever evolving melodic lines with inventive and measured harmonic treatment. He eschews flashy technical runs for angular Monk-ish lines with an ethereal sound reminiscent of Bill Frisell. The rich warm toned trumpet of Ben Thomas provides the perfect foil for James’ guitar, and they are joined by Aeddan Williams on bass and multi-instrumentalist Lee Goodall playing drums for this performance.

Eclectic Django Reinhardt leaning string quartet Gypsy Fire light up the Lantern at Colston Hall on Saturday 20th.

Finally, advance notice that next Sunday (21st) sees a swing dance night with Emily Wright and the Royals at No 1 Harbourside. Rumour has it there may be a new recording ready, too.

Don’t forget the various jam sessions (Canteen on Monday, Tart Gloucester Rd Friday) and regular dates (James Morton, Gallimaufry Thursday). Others? Do bung them in the comments.

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