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Bristol jazz – Aug 24

August 23, 2015

Another quiet week coming up. Like the one just gone, the main gig interest is at Future Inns on Thursday – thanks to them for keeping going through the Summer. Last week’s sets from Andy Sheppard and the Pushy Doctors trio were superb. Mark Whitlam, taking the place of Tony Orrell on drums had a daunting job, with the older man’s constantly surprising contributions an essential part of the Doctors’ gigs we’ve been treated to over the last few years. Understandably he was feeling his way at first, but by the end of the evening this revised edition of the Doctors sounded as good as the original, as Tony Benjamin’s review makes clear.

This week’s offering down in the basement room at Future Inns is equally promising. Jason Rebello on piano will be enough to persuade most people. Add James Gardiner-Batemen on alto, and bassist Tim Thornton, who leads, and it is a fine prospect – with the price back to the venue’s regular fiver after an increase last week for our local superstar.

The night before, Nick Dover’s quartet Fault Line play the Canteen, and James Morton and friends will enliven the evening at the Gallimaufry on Gloucester Rd’s prom on Thursday as usual. Then there’s the ever popular Old Duke Jazz Festival over the holiday weekend, though as last year it looks a smaller affair than in the past, and I’m not sure if the mainly trad line-up will play indoors or out. Hope the weather is good for them either way.

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