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Bristol jazz week – Dec 8

December 5, 2014

Time to post Tony Benjamin‘s latest recommendations for worthwhile jazz gigs in Bristol to help you plan your week – with venue links down the page.

First, a reminder that Thelonius Monk Competition winning US pianist Bobby Avey is bringing a supergroup to the Hen and Chicken on Sunday 7th that really deserves to pull a crowd. Details here, and here’s a very thorough review of their gig in London the other night.

And over to TB…

OK – it must be Christmas because the Spiegeltent has returned to the Harbourside, with the timelessly groovy Georgie Fame & Sons (Wednesday 10) gracing its glorious Art Deco big top. The same night sees the Fringe Jazz session at The Mall shift to Wednesdays with impassioned violinist John Pearce and alto-blaster James Morton’s quintet marking the occasion. Jake McMurchie’s Michelson Morley trio bring their spacious electro-ambient jazz to Future Inn (Thursday 11) with guitarist Dan Messore a bonus in the line-up.  Latin music fans would do well to check out Son Yambu at Fiddlers (Saturday12), a London-based Cuban septet with an authentically light-touch ‘Buena Vista’ sound, but the biggest treats for jazz buffs will be Laura Jurd Quartet’s appearance at the Bebop Club (Friday 12) and Oli Rockberger’s Hen & Chicken set (Sunday 14). Rockberger is a singer/pianist/songwriter, UK born but US based for many years, with the kind of cabaret-pop meets jazz approach that suggests Randy Newman or Jamie Cullum. He has keyboard cred (sometime sideman to Randy Brecker, Charlie Hunter) and, most impressively, has persuaded the H&C’s Ian Storrer to book a vocalist despite his noted suspicion of the art! Ms Jurd surely needs no introduction, having cut a swathe through the UK jazz world while barely out of school. A sublime trumpeter who’s also increasingly recognized for the rooted originality of her compositions she still in her early 20s and destined for even greater things.

Other treats

James Morton fans will be busy this week as the man adds his weekly Gallimaufrey session (Thursday 11) and a funky late night set at No 1 Harbourside (Saturday 13) to Wednesday’s Fringe session. Vocalist Ruth Royall steps out at  Coritap (Thursday 11) – but will she be unveiling her new 7-piece band? – and Andy Hague has the spotlight at The Old Fish Market with a trumpet trio gig (Sunday 14) at the same time as baritone sax-led swing trio Bartoune pop up at the Alma Tavern. Finally, fans of exotic fusioneering might be tempted by Afroflamenco, the latest project from Jimi Cantera blending Senegalese kora with Spanish guitar, at the Tobacco Factory, also on Sunday 14th.

Stop press – just heard Andy Sheppard‘s doing a double header at The Greenbank in Easton (Sunday 14).’ Who’s the foil?’ you may ask, but you knew the answer already: the ubiquitous James Morton, naturally.

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P.S from me: Agree about Laura Jurd’s general brilliance – confirmed by her several appearances on the Barbican freestage during the London Jazz Festival – but some of us (well, me) will be going to hear Three Cane Whale‘s show at St George‘s on Friday as an early Christmas treat. So much music on offer this month!

 

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