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Bristol jazz week – Nov 15

November 15, 2014

Teignmouth jazz festival this weekend is worth a visit if the weather’s fit for a trip down to Devon. But there’s no shortage of gigs in Bristol later in the week.

On Wednesday the line-up for the 2015 Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival (our third) is announced at a free event with music in Colston Hall Foyer, starting at 6.00 in the evening. There’s a celebratory gig featuring Denny Illet’s Octet in the Lantern to follow at 8.30, When Frank Met Ella, which is ticketed. Details here.

Thursday is difficult choices night, as usual. If you favour the plush acoustic of St George‘s, it will be well-suited to the beautiful duo sound of Tommy Smith‘s sax and Brian Kellock‘s piano playing their choice of songbook standards. I reviewed their latest CD here – it’s gorgeous.

On the other hand, guitar star Dan Messore’s Indigo Kid, one of the very best new British jazz ensembles, are playing at the Mall in Clifton. They won’t feature Iain Ballamy as I suggested last week, but have the brilliant Gareth Lochrane on flutes, along with Callum Gourlay on bass and Gethin Jones on drums. (Note a stunner in prospect the following week, incidentally, when Paul Dunmall visits with the astonishing bass player Paul Rogers and drummer Mark Sanders).

Also Thursday you can hear the London trio Preston/Glasgow/Lowe down at Future Inns, where a full house heard a great set from Moonlight Saving Time last week – reviewed here. PGL are a new jazz fusion trio (guitar, bass, drums) visiting on a Jazz Services tour – always a recommendation – and have sounds you can sample here and on their website here.

Pianist George Cooper leads a quartet at the BeBop Club on Friday, with Nick Dover on sax, Will Harris on bass and Paolo Adamo on drums, while on Sunday Nov 23 at the Hen and Chicken the intriguing Bristol band Lund air some new music. If you’re in Bath that night (Friday), the pianist Philip Clouts leads his excellent quartet at Burdall’s Yard, the very nice Bath Spa university arts space in the city.

James Morton, who presides over the Thursday sessions at the Gallimaufry on Gloucester road has a date at the Canteen on Saturday. Which is also a prompt to mention his interesting new crowd-funding project to pay for music workshops with young people who have been homeless, an admirably Bristolian effort. You can donate here. Do take a look.

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