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Bristol Jazz Week, March 2-8: Festival time!

March 1, 2015

As per previous post, the annual Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival is almost here. There are some gigs in the next few days which are branded as “Festival Fringe” – something which’ll grow in future, I expect. Hope the extra publicity of being in the festival brochure gives them a deserved boost. I’ll be there for music, of course, and also for the Books for Amnesty stall which looks like having a good stock of CDs this year, as well as vinyl, books and our remaining stock of David Redfern prints. We pay for the stall (discounted for charity) so need to sell stuff to make it worthwhile. My shift is 12-3.00 on Saturday, so come and have a look, and say hello, if you’re down at Colston that early.

Meantime, here are Tony Benjamin‘s recommendations for the coming week, and for the Festival itself. You can also read his review of last week’s bracingly good Partisans gig on Bristol 247.

Jazz week Mar 2-8

There’s a ton of jazz coming your way this week, most of it packed between Friday 6 and Sunday 8 at the Colston Hall: yes, it’s the third Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival and you’ll need to check their website for the full SP. There’s 45 acts appearing, 20 of them in the Foyer, with big names including Dr John, Pee Wee Ellis, Lillian Boutté and Carleen Anderson all catching the weekend’s New Orleans theme. Especially tasty treats should be Andy Sheppard’s unveiling of new ECM material with guitarist Eivind Aarset back in the band (Saturday 7), astonishing vocalist and violinist Alica Zawadzki (Saturday 7), trip-hop influenced Slowly Rolling Camera (Sunday 8) and festival openers Paradox Ensemble (Friday 7), a lively spin-off from the Beats & Pieces big band.

There’s a’fringe’ programme through the week, too, which includes Gary Alesbrook’s Duval Project performing with a string section at Fringe@The Mall (Wednesday 4), saxophonist Nicholas Dover’s new Fault Lines project at Canteen (Wednesday 4) and Emily Saunders’ poised vocals (and new CD) at Future Inns (Thursday 5). Cardiff’s Occasional Brass Ensemble bring that street band sound to Canteen (Thursday 5) while bass player Vicky Tilson’s VTQ will be previewing her new F-IRE Collective album at The Tunnels (Sunday 8). Amazingly that’s not all the week’s jazz, either: there’s the Canteen Jazz Session (Monday 2), Victoria Klewin and the True Tones (Old Bookshop, Saturday 7) and Bartoune (Tobacco Factory, Sunday 8) as well as Trinity hosting a jazz workshop, concert and jam session from Tomorrow’s Warriors (Sunday 8).

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