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Bristol jazz week – July 6

July 4, 2015

Tony Benjamin’s  takes advantage of the Summer lull to be even more comprehensive than usual in his appreciated-by-millions weekly gig roundup (below). That takes in a couple of venues new to me (the Steam Crane, anyone?), so do read to the end.

Before the new week gets under way, don’t forget that tomorrow (Sunday) you can hear the Westbrooks‘ latest big band project in the Hen and Chicken in Southville. It should be a memorable night

Jazz week July 6-12

There’s slim pickings on the Bristol jazz front this week (though we shouldn’t forget that in many other cities even our slack weeks would be impressive). So let’s give thanks for The Canteen, splendid survivor of the ‘gig every day’ culture, this week offering jazz on four nights out of the seven. Not everybody’s favourite venue, admittedly, as it can be hard to get a respectful audience attention but it can also have great atmosphere. Sunday afternoon (12) is a good opportunity – plenty of people lunching and a more hungover calm and this week it’s the excellent Eyebrow duo providing the soundtrack of Pete Judge’s ambient processed trumpet and Paul Wigens’ impeccable dance-referenced drums. Could be the gig of the week.

Other Canteen events start with the fortnightly Canteen Jazz Session (Monday 6), co-ordinated by Craig Crofton’s versatile Coltrane-inspired saxes and then there’s the saxophonist-led Julien Alenda 4tet (Wednesday 8) which also features the fine guitar of Dan Waldman and finally Andy Hague’s salsa-jazz octet Conjunto Gringo (Thursday 9).

There’s an all-star line-up at the Fringe @ The Mall (Wednesday 8) with Jonny Bruce’s Tribute to Trumpet Kings bringing Messrs Waghorn, Ilett and Cooper with Dave Guy (bass) and Matt Brown (drums), while the Future Inn session (Thursday 9) features popular jazz and swing violin hot-shot John Pearce ‘and friends’ (as they say). And if you take a leisurely stroll Cliftonwards after the Eyebrow gig you can catch the powerful swing/jive vocals of Kirris Riviera and The Damn Busters at Alma Tavern in the evening (Sunday 12). Vocalist Victoria Klewin brings her swing outfit The Truetones to the Old Duke (Wednesday 8).

Don’t forget the other weekly items – Thursday’s Groove Den at Gallimaufry, Sunday’s jazz trio gig at the Old Fishmarket – and the Steam Crane in Southville holds its monthly Jazz Band Night on Wednesday. Or, of course, you could head down to Swanage on Friday and spend the weekend at – always a pleasant experience by the seaside with Gilad Atzmon, funky Dennis Rollins, Tom Cawley’s radical trio (Curios) and Phil Robson’s organ trio among the many acts appearing.

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