Bristol Jazz week, 11 January
Here are Tony Benjamin‘s jazz highlights for the coming week.
There’s been a couple of last minute changes to this week’s programme. Fans of trumpeter Laura Jurd (a rapidly growing population over the last year or so) should note that, due to a hiccough in her incredibly busy diary, her appearance at Colston Hall scheduled for Thursday will now be happening on Friday 16 at 8pm. An unintended bonus from this change is that early arrivals can catch saxophonist Kevin Figes playing in the Colston Hall Foyer, making it something of a double bill. Unfortunately this now clashes with the return of contemporary jazz pianist Jonathan Taylor to the Bebop Club. The former Bristol resident was a familiar face at the club until moving away some years ago and he returns as part of Andy Hague’s Tribute to Kenny Wheeler, which also features Emily Wright contributing vocals. Over at the Mall the Fringe Jazz session (Wednesday 14) will now feature violinist John Pearce and pianist Dave Newton in a trio with trumpeter Gary Alesbrook, a very classy threesome and an interesting combination. Another new trio features at Future Inn (Thursday15): Tangle Club brings saxophonist Craig Crofton, accordionist Edward Jay and percussionist Ivan Moreno together in a jazz reinterpretation of tango and Gypsy styles, with Craig sticking to soprano sax throughout. There’s a second chance to catch Ms Wright on Sunday 21 when she appears with The Royals at the Tobacco Factory, and anyone sorry to have missed the brass loveliness of Tom Green‘s recent Bebop Club set (which was awesome) could nip over to Burdalls Yard in Bath (Friday 16) and make up for their mistake.