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Bristol jazz week – 8 Nov

November 8, 2014

This week starts with a bang with Tim Richards‘ sextet (or Hextet) playing for Ian Storror at the Hen and Chicken on Sunday. The pianist, long a Bristol favourite, brings a pretty starry line-up, including Ed Jones on sax and Dick Pearce on Trumpet. Details, and much more about Richards’ impresssive history, here.

Vocalist Molly Miranda King is at the Coronation Tap the same night, with George Cooper, piano, Sam King, drums, and David Guy on bass.

A rather special night in prospect on Thursday at Future Inns: a home town launch for the popular and distinctive Moonlight Saving Time‘s new single release. As well as featuring the excellent Emily Wright on vocals and Nick Malcolm‘s trumpet, the recording – and this gig – sees the band joined by brilliant pianist John Turville. (PS – a nice piece about the band just posted on LondonJazzNews).

Up the hill in Cifton the Thursday sessions at the Mall have been drawing audiences that do justice to their larger room for Fringe Jazz, and that’ll doubtless happen again for Andy Sheppard and the Pushy Doctors, his trio with Dan Moore and Tony Orrell. They are described on Andy’s new website as

A great ‘anarchistic’ ride through standards of jazz pop and beyond by this hard swinging ‘out there’ classic organ trio. Formed to play in the in the deep club/pub environment this disrespectful grooving band can really blow the roof off.

All true!

Friday at the BeBop club has another larger ensemble, tombonist Tom Green’s septet, who apparently played “the best set ever heard in the club” last time out. See the website for more details.

Also two tempting gigs that night out of town – but not far. The phenomenal Phronesis play one of their now rare UK dates at the RWCMD in Cardiff, and Julian Siegel and Phil Robson’s Partisans are appearing for Cheltenham jazz. Pretty sure I’ll go to one of those but really cannot decide which – train timetables are the key.

And while we look out of town, next weekend sees the enterprising Teignmouth Jazz Festival, with another appearance on Tom Green’s itinerary and – perhaps the highlight – guitarist Dan Messore’s Indigo Kid with Iain Ballamy (the latter band also booked for the Mall in Bristol on Thursday 20th). One of these years we must ignore the lure of the London Jazz festival, which begins the same weekend, and actually go to Devon instead…

All in all, if you can afford to go out at all, no excuse not to go to at least one jazz gig this week.

(By the way, I just tried checking some of these on the Bristol247 listings, and their website design is basically unusable. Pity.)

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  1. jazzyblogman permalink
    November 8, 2014 5:04 pm

    Ah, glad its not just me REALLY wanting Bristol 247 to be brilliant, but not being able to find anything or quite understand what I’m looking at (despite its lovely looks).

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