Here’s what Tony Benjamin has sniffed out in the way of jazz in Bristol this week.
Flaming June arrives with a burst of free-thinking improvisers roaring into town. The Bebop features a rare double bill of Entropi and Quadricaratops, two bands from London’s LUME improvisers club night. The former quintet is led by saxophonist Dee Byrne and features Bristol-born pianist Rebecca Nash, while the heavier sounding outfit is Cath Roberts genre-bending seven-headed behemoth. It’ll be a great night that should fill the room so get there early. Even further ‘out there’ pleasures follow at The Exchange on Sunday when veteran improvisers Dunhill and Gibbs share the bill with eccentric art-posters the De Selbey Codex for an afternoon matinee performance. Future Inn features the Dave Newton Trio (Thursday 4), with Dave’s ever-stimulating playing some of the finest crafted jazz to be heard hereabouts, but otherwise it’s a quiet spell with a week off for the Wednesday Fringe session at The Mall. Classy Gypsy swing outfit Schmoozenberg are at No 1 Harbourside on Wednesday, the same night as Nuevo Tango is celebrated at Canteen by Tangle Club and swing-soul vocalist Victoria Klewin appears at Plantation (Saturday 6). The grooving boogaloo sound of Organ3man will be at the Steam Crane, Bedminster on Friday night – it’s becoming a regular groove jazz venue, joining James Morton’s Groove Den on Thursdays at Gallimaufry and Sunday’s Old Fish Market session down by Bristol Bridge.
And one addition – the quiet week for Fringe at the Mall means you can go to the Heritage Blues Orchestra for what should be a satisfying night at St George‘s on Wednesday. There are a few seats left…
I can also recommend the BeBop club bill on the strength of Entropi’s new CD, New Era, which arrived in the post to early subscribers a couple of weeks ago – It’s a notably fresh sounding contemporary jazz session that is repaying repeated listening.