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Bristol jazz this week, Oct 12

October 12, 2014

Gary Alesbrook‘s Duval project play for the University Jazz/Funk/Soul crowd at the Big Chill on Tuesday. Not so jazzy, but the duo of Seckou Keita on kora and Catrin Finch on harp at St George’s on Wednesday looks like a great prospect. There’s Afro-jazz from pianist Ibou Tall at the Canteen the same evening.

The mesmeric improvising of Australian piano trio The Necks – last seen in Bristol at a fine gig at St George’s – is on offer on Thursday night, this time at the Lantern, Colston Hall. Will they be good? Well, every show is completely improvised, so it depends on the inspiration of the moment. But their continuous, slow-building sets can be very rewarding.

Iain Ballamy is at the Mall in Clifton for Fringe Jazz the same evening, his tenor and soprano sax playing always a delight. He’ll be joined by the familiar Bristol team of Jim Blomfield, Will Harris and Mark Whitlam on piano, bass and drums.

Something very unusual at Future Inns, also on Thursday. They are putting on a celebration of Ivy Benson‘s all-female jazz orchestra, featuring several of her players. Much more detail on the venue website.

On Friday  the BeBop club in Hotwells presents Empyreal a new (to me) quartet led by Julien Alenda on alto sax, with Dan Waldman, guitar, Pasquale Votino, bass, Paulo Adamo, drums. Gary Alesbrook‘s Duval Project make their second appearance of the week, at the Canteen.

ADD, Oct 13. Also need to mention a late addition to Colston Hall‘s programme – Andy Sheppard and Pee Wee Ellis playing together in the Lantern on Friday night, backed by Dan Moore’s trio, as part of the build up for the next Bristol jazz and blues festival, who’s programme launch arrives next month.

Finally, many of Bristol’s finest will be popping down to Shipham in Somerset on Saturday 18th, for the Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra‘s annual gig in the Village Hall. Sax player Edward Leaker leads, and has enlisted the likes of Andy Tweed, Ben Waghorn, Andy Hague, Andy Nowak, and a host of others for an evening of jazz and swing. More details and tickets here.

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