Bristol jazz week, 26 Oct

This week’s regular jazz dates get off to a good start on Wednesday with the ever-popular Moscow Drug Club returning to Fringe at the Mall – get there early or book to get a decent seat. Gypsy jazz quintet Maniere des Bohemiens grace the Canteen stage the same evening.

Then Future Inns on Thursday follows last week’s rather brilliant trio set from guitar star Dan Messore and messrs Moore and Brown with Dom Franks’ Strayhorn Quartet. Franks is a former young jazz musician of the year and his sax-led quartet features Alex Steele on keys and “leading Bristol musicians”. Well, there are certainly some familiar faces here…

Nicholas Dover brings his sax/piano duo to No 1 Harbourside on Thursday, too, and you can expect a stirring evening as usual from James Morton and Friends at the Gallimaufry on Gloucester Rd.

Friday at the Be-Bop Club has ex-pat sax wizard Ben Clatworthy on his annual visit to the UK, backed by Jim Blomfield, Dave Guy and Mark Whitlam.

If you’re in Cardiff, or fancy a trip across the Severn, Julian Arguelles’ Tetra are at the RWCMD on Friday, too. Their freshly minted CD confirms their perhaps the best sax-led quartet currently operating in the UK, and they ain’t coming to Bristol so this would be a great chance to hear this tremendous band.

Finally, fans of swing and trad will want to note the welcome advent of a new Bristol venue – Speakeasy Jazz at the Brunswick Club, at the highly civilised time of 3.00-5.30 on Sunday afternoons. It’s an offshoot of the popular Speakeasy club in Portishead. The next monthly session at 15-16 Brunswick Square is on Nov 1 and features Welsh and West Country 8-piece Jazzmaster.

I’m out of town all week, but I hope there’s something there for you…

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