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Bristol Jazz week – 25 Jan

January 23, 2015

Below are Tony Benjamin‘s highlights for the coming week in Bristol – a bit less quantity but no drop in quality. And remember that out of town you can also catch the supergroup that is The Impossible Gentlemen at Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford-on-Avon tomorrow night (Sat 24th). last time I heard them, in Brecon in 2013, they were astoundingly good…

Over to Mr B:

After last weeks jazz banquet (wasn’t Mr Braxton so very much himself? Marvellous!) it’s a relief to have a more even-paced week in prospect. Sadly this is in part due to the postponement of the Heliocentrics gig at Colston Hall but anyone seeking jazz with an African flavour can more than console themselves by catching No Go Stop’s album launch at The Fleece (Friday 30). There’s the week’s inevitable hard choice that evening, though, with a rare outing as bandleader by the superb Ben Waghorn also scheduled at the Bebop club. It’s a great quartet also including Jim Blomfield, Thad Kelly and Andy Hague and you can also catch Ben and Jim in Andy’s great 6-piece Horace Silver tribute Silverado at the Fringe at The Mall gig (Wednesday 28). The tireless Mr Hague is also drumming for the Sound of Blue Note at Future Inn (Thursday 29) and you could warm up for that one by catching Empyreal 4tet in the Colston Hall foyer earlier on Thursday evening, a new Bristol-based outfit led by French sax player Julien Alenda and also including impressive guitarist Dan Waldman. The monthly free jazz session is happening at The Fringe (Monday 26) which is really at the Fringe, confusingly, with Mark Langford’s tenor sax and bass clarinet joining the regular trio. Connoisseurs of the left-field should be packing the Colston Hall foyer for Binkbeats (Saturday 31), with the Dutch deconstructionist and one-man band offering a full-length performance of multi-instrumental spontaneity .

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