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Bristol jazz week, July 20

July 18, 2015

There’s wall to wall music this weekend in Harbourfest, including the new jazz quarter down behind the M-Shed. After that, Tony Benjamin reports as follows…

Jazz week July 20-26

It’s a week to appreciate the local talent, with the only notable visitors being long-established Welsh tradders The Liberty Street Jazz Band who have the Sunday lunchtime session (26) at The Old Duke. Otherwise  jazz violinist John Pearce makes one of his regular (and popular) visits to the Fringe @ The Mall (Wednesday 22) with a quartet comprising George Cooper (piano) and Will Harris (bass) plus the energising drumming of Ian Matthews.

Saxophonist Damian Cook is a more recent ‘local’ – having moved down from London to Bradford on Avon and has appeared at the Bebop Club a couple of times. He also organises the Sunday evening session at The Old Fishmarket pub. A hard-bop player with clear influences from Cannonball Adderley he’s also capable of lyrical melodic playing that contrasts nicely with the more fiery material. He’s appearing at Future Inn (Thursday 23) with a great quintet including the equally fiery Graeme Taylor on piano and free-flowing bass player Ashley Long.

On Wednesday night No 1 Harbourside also features a couple of newer arrivals in Thomas Sefia (sax) and Henry Binning (piano), a duo emerging from the encouragingly lively Bristol University jazz scene and hopefully part of another new generation of players settling hereabouts. Better established quartet The Milli Meters  bring their evocation of that distinctive New Orleans jazz-funk groove to Canteen on the same evening.

Thursday (23) sees more new Orleans flavour, of the modern second line variety with the exuberant Brass Junkies at  The Old Duke while the Gallimaufry hosts their weekly Groove Den, albeit without James Morton who’s off on a tour at the moment.

Finally The Alma Tavern is having an all-day Summer Fayre on Sunday 26 with gypsy swingers Moscow Drug Club and the Latin-Caribbean fusion trio Grupo Ritmo among the musical delights on offer.


And… finally finally, there’s one of the occasional foyer gigs early on Friday evening down at Colston Hall featuring the redoubtable Dakhla Brass, recently seen to great effect launching their new CD down at Future Inns. It isn’t on the band’s website, but is on Colston Hall’s own, so we’ll assume they know what they’re talking about.

Then there’s WOMAD, but if you’re interested you’ve probably already scoped that one.

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  1. July 18, 2015 7:11 pm

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