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Bristol Jazz links Mar 16th

March 15, 2015

Some quick links to recent jazz stuff for Bristol.

As mentioned last week, Bristol 24/7 have made it easier to find the weekly preview of jazz gigs, so here is Tony Benjamin‘s selection for this week.

The Jazz and Blues Festival last weekend got very good coverage, from Bristol 24/7, the Post and further afield. My own effort, rounding up as many sets as I could manage, appeared on the LondonJazzNews site with Ruth Butler’s great photos here.

And there’s a great review at length of Andy Sheppard’s quartet set up at All ABout Jazz.

As Tony’s preview indicates, the jazz goes on after the Festival, with the highlight last week Nat Birchall at St George’s – Corey Mwamba’s exuberant vibes standing out in a set where the unamplified piano and, some of the time, Birchall’s soprano didn’t always come across too well due to excessive volume from the percussion, a common problem when folks play acoustically on Brandon Hill. And next week, on Monday 23, we have the unlikely advent of the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra at the Lantern in Colston Hall, which will be a great chance to hear that extraordinary and historic ensemble in a medium-sized venue. More on that anon.

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