Bristol jazz week – Feb 15th
The already star-studded line-up of Ant Law’s Quartet at the Hen and Chicken on Sunday has been augmented by saxophone player Julian (Partisans) Siegel – even more reason to get down there for what promises to be one of the best gigs of the month. (Partisans, incidentally, are booked for a rare Bristol date at the Mall on Feb 25th: another one not to miss.)
Meanwhile, here are Tony Benjamin’s recommendations for the discerning jazz-lover about town for the coming week.
So … Friday 20 should be a sort out (of sorts) given the choices of a) the Hackney Colliery Band (Lantern); b) Mike Collins’ Quartet (Bebop); c) Avellana, plus Lift to the Scaffold (Cube). Fun loving groove merchants will definitely head for the Lantern and those Hackney hip-hop flavours (a la Hypnotic and others). Connoisseurs of intelligent European contemporary jazz, however, should get to the Bebop early to hear pianist Mike with Lee Goodall’s well-tempered sax and a whole new set of tunes as they launch their excellent new CD And Suddenly, Evening. That just leaves the retro-beatniks heading down to the Cube for that dreamy Miles Davis soundtrack.
Earlier in the week James Morton appears at The Fringe @ The Mall (Wednesday 18) for a proper blow with a jazz quartet before grooving into the Gallimaufry (Thursday 19). That date unfortunately coincides with the brilliant (and less frequently seen) Simon Spillet at Future Inn in a duo with Dave Newton’s reliably engaging piano AND a Coronation Tap return of Jonny Bruce’s highly entertaining Tribute to Trumpet Kings, hopefully with as supercharged a sextet as he brought last time. Sultry voiced singer Victoria Klewin’s True Tones jazz and blues band are at the Golden Lion on Thursday night, too, and the evening begins with the excellent Dakhla Brass in the Colston Hall Foyer who then head over to the Canteen for a later gig there. Thursdays, eh!