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Bristol jazz week, Nov 8

November 8, 2015

Just off the plane from Delhi, so hoping to hear some of these – jet lag permitting – especially Maciek Pysz…

Thanks for details for Tony Benjamin, as usual.

Nov 8-15

Ah – a busy week perhaps, especially for those far-sighted enough to get in early for tickets for boiling saxophonist Kamasi Washington and cool soul-jazz vocalist Andreya Triana, both of whose Lantern gigs are well sold out already. But never mind if you missed them – there’s still plenty of fun to be had, starting at the ever-impressive Fringe @ The Mall Wednesday session. This week promoter Jon Taylor’s increasingly star-studded programme brings Polish-born guitarist Maciek Pysz in his trio (Wednesday 11) with the ever watchable percussionist Asaf Sirkis and his regular bass partner Yuri Goloubev. It’s a fine threesome of top class improvisers en route to the London Jazz Festival. A more groove-oriented visiting combo plays the Thekla on Saturday (14) when Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles come to town. Henry is the keyboard player from Snarky Puppy, hipper-than -hip big band of the moment and the band promises to be a high-energy funk-meets-jazz fusion experience.

Closer to home there’s much celebration of women in jazz this week, starting on Monday (9) when Dakhla saxophonist Sophie Stockham leads an all-female evening of the Canteen Jazz Session with Ruth Hammond and Tammy Payne on keyboards and drums respectively in the house band. Tammy shows up again on Thursday (12) as one of the Jazz Dames , an eclectic evening at St George’s showcasing Bristol’s best female jazz vocal talents that also features Emily Wright, Lucy Moon, Molly King, Nadine ‘Lady Nade’ Gingell and Katya Gorrie. Backed by pianist George Cooper’s trio this event is also the launch of the 2016 Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival. Katya will also be bringing her fantastic Swordfishtrombone project to Canteen (Friday 13), recreating some of Tom Waits dark and imaginative music with real style.
Thursday’s Future Inn session sees the return of the popular Sound of Blue Note, a tribute to the back catalogue of a defining era of modern jazz while on Friday (13) the Bebop Club welcomes a perennial favourite: featuring Ben Waghorn (sax), Jim Blomfield and Mark Whitlam as well as bass player Rian Vosloo, a highly skilled London-based player who has often visited in the past and seems, happily, to be rejoining the Bristol scene. And, finally, the Alma Sunday session is one of those Denny Ilett & friends resident evenings when the well-connected guitarist gets a predictably smart bunch of players together for some classic tunes.

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