Bristol jazz week, Sep 13th
After a well-deserved August break, Tony Benjamin (look out for his reviews on Bristol247) resumes rounding up the jazz that’s on the way. Here’s his pick of the coming week’s gigs.
Jazz week September 14
It’s a busy old week down at the Canteen not necessarily the greatest place to see jazz,
but the hipster buzz around Matthew Halsall’s latest protégées Mammal Hands (Thursday
17) might make it worth a visit. They are a young trio from Norwich and their music has an
evolving minimal quality that manages to retain your interest through very subtle changes
and bursts of smart improvisation. The day before that Canteen offers Sefrial guitarist Joe
Wilkins’ Blue Funk Trio, which is a classy act, and the newly formed Gypsy swing
collaboration The Gin Bowlers will fit the mood of the bar’s laidback Sunday afternoon
Elsewhere the biggest thing will be the Big Swing & Little Swing at Colston Hall on
Saturday 19. These two fundraisers for the 2016 Bristol Jazz Festival will feature the star-
studded Bruce/Ilett Big Band, a Buzztet from the Big Buzzard Band and singer/dancer
Lucy Moon’s Paper Moon Band running a special dance session for young swingers of
any age. Bandleader Denny Ilett also figures with groovy Hammond trio
Ilett/Moore/Matthews at his monthly residency at the Alma Tavern on Sunday 20.
No Wednesday Fringe session at The Mall this week though The Fringe itself has the
weekly Jazz Rendezvous led by French saxophonist Julian Alenda on Sunday 20.
Thursday’s Future Inn session has popular faces John Pearce & Gary Alesbrook playing
a special set of arrangements of film and TV music with a quintet also featuring George
Cooper (piano), James Agg (bass) and Ian Matthews (drums). George Cooper also
appears at the Bebop Club on Friday 18 as part of the Nick Dover Quartet with Dave Guy
(bass) and Mark Whitlam (drums). Saxophonist Nick has become a quietly impressive
addition to the Bristol scene, his playing clearly informed by a thorough understanding of
modern jazz heritage.