Bristol jazz gigs this week – July 27

A quick one below from Tony Benjamin, who is in a field in Wiltshire – hope the Sun shines for some of the rest of Womad!

I’m out of town next week, but if I wasn’t I’d be going down to Future Inns to catch Freight, who sounded really excellent there last time they played…

Full preview of Brecon Jazz Festival coming soon – great line up!


Jazz week July 27-August 2

Another slim week gives us time to look ahead to the Brecon Jazz programme (it starts on Friday August 5) and its many delights, including Dr John, Adriano Adewale and Norma Winstone. It looks like a good year over there. Closer to home, however, there’s the monthly free music evening at the Fringe (the one in Princess Victoria Street) on Monday 27, with the regulars Mark Langford, Paul Anstey and Bob Helson being joined by Phil Durrant in his ‘laptop electronics’ mode. It’s a well-bedded improvisational session and Phil has been a prominent UK player since the 80s. Meanwhile at the other Fringe (the one in the Mall) jazz-rock guitarist Carl Orr is playing on Wednesday 29 with local rhythm pairing Anders Olinder (keys) and Andy Tween (drums). Another player whose career stretches back to the 80s Orr can count playing with Billy Cobham, Randy Brecker and Mark Fletcher among his CV credits. Though well-established as a jazz-rocker his last recording Forbearance saw him explore a wider range of Americana and other acoustic styles.

That same evening, however, the Dave Perry Trio are at Canteen, with Dave’s distinctive post-bop compositions and free-flowing improvisational style on alto sax always a rewarding listen. Bigger blowing follows at Future Inn (Thursday 30) with FREIGHT, the excellent quartet of equals comprising Craig Crofton (saxes), Martin Jenkins (piano), Greg Cordez (bass) and Matt brown (drums). All four are established players and composers but they have coalesced the group identity around the ideas and harmonic stylings of Thelonious Monk, an influence of Jenkins’. The music has a classic ‘modern jazz’ feel, and Crofton’s soprano playing is an especial pleasure.

It isn’t often The Thunderbolt gets a mention here but on Friday 31 the small pub venue on the Bath Road welcomes Dave Formula & The Finks , a Jimmy Smith/Meters/Booker T style organ groove trio led by ex mod/punk Dave Tomlinson with a new name. The same evening sees Victoria Klewin & The True Tones bring soul-swing and classic vocal jazz to Plantation and that all-too rare thing: a young and enthusiastic trad band (Rhythm Pencils) at The Old Duke.

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