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Bristol jazz week – 21 June

June 21, 2015

We’re getting into Summer lull now, but some good things still happening. They included Huw Warren at the Hen and Chicken last Sunday (my review for ListomaniaBristol here) and Dakhla‘s well-attended album launch at Future Inns (Tony Benjamin’s review for Bristol247 here.) And you really ought to be booking a seat to catch the Mike Westbrook big band show on Sunday July 5, again at the Hen and Chicken – a rare treat for Bristol, and a complete new Westbrooks’ show which is touring the West Country and recording soon.

Meantime, here’s what Tony has scouted out for the week coming. Not a bumper week, to be honest, but you’ll find something here worth catching I’m sure.

Jazz week June 22-28

Like Brigadoon the remarkable Bristol Composers Jazz Collective project will be surfacing at The Fringe in Clifton (Monday 22), though hopefully not to disappear for too long afterwards. Co-ordinated by Kevin Figes, this flexible assembly allows local jazz composers like Greg Cordez, Jake McMurchie, Jim Blomfield and others to think beyond the limitations of their usual bands and write more experimental music. The results are always intriguing and – as in the case of Kevin’s Octet, can be the seeds for something more ongoing.

The other Fringe session (the one at the Mall) features the ever-popular cabaret-swing sound of Moscow Drug Club (Wednesday 24), while Future Inns welcomes Dutch pianist and composer Dan Temmink (Thursday 25). Now relocated to Bristol Dan’s contemporary jazz trio includes Greg Cordez (bass) and Tony Randall Phillips (drums), and Greg’s own quartet with Loop Collective saxophonist Sam Crockatt will also be appearing in the Colston Hall Foyer early evening slot (Friday 26). Later that night John Paul Gard’s Hammond-led JP Trio will be boogalooing at the Bocabar.

Down South in Bedminster it’s worth keeping a jazz-minded eye on The Steam Crane at the beginning of North Street: on Monday (22) the pub will be hosting a Jazz Jam and on Friday (26) saxophonist Dino Christodoulou’s Greek-inspired modern jazz quartet Milon will be playing there.

The regular fortnightly Canteen Jazz Session will be at Hamilton House (Monday 22), and the Gallimaufry’s weekly hosting of  James Morton’s Groove Den  will be on Thursday (25), the same night as the opening of the four-day Upton Jazz Festival just up the Severn in Gloucestershire featuring Alan Barnes, Craig Milverton, Moscow Drug Club and a whole lot of trad and New Orleans act in a bucolic setting. Check the link for details of the Old Fish Market session down on Baldwin Street (Sunday 28)

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  1. guytaylor2015 permalink
    June 22, 2015 1:48 pm

    Hi, The Jazz Jam at the Steam Crane is on Wednesday 24th and then every fortnight thereafter. I checked with the venue just now. Cheers, Guy

    > On 21 June 2015 at 19:02 Mainly jazz in Bristol > wrote: > > jonturney posted: “We’re getting into Summer lull now, but some good things > still happening. They included Huw Warren at the Hen and Chicken last Sunday > (my review for ListomaniaBristol here) and Dakhla’s well-attended album launch > at Future Inns (Tony Benjamin’s review for” >

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