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Bristol jazz week, Sep 13th

September 12, 2015

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.

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