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Bristol jazz week – Nov 15th

November 15, 2015

OK, the big jazz festival is under way now in London (from which I’ve just returned), but plenty of good music in Bristol this week – and some of it, as with Bela Fleck tonight at St George’s , from people who have gigs as part of the London extravaganza.

That includes the mesmeric Sons of Kemet at the Cube cineplex on Wednesday – Sax player Shabaka Hutchings‘ excellent, rhythmically oriented quartet with two drummers in lockstep and bass register taken care of by punchy tuba lines. The personnel has seen some changes: the band concept remains fresh and powerfully listenable.

Likewise featured in London are genre benders Pinski Zoo, who make a welcome appearance at the Hen and Chicken on Sun 22nd. Details here, and a preview of their London date here.

Yet another strong offering from Fringe Jazz at the Mall on Wednesday, with Theo TravisDouble Talk. The saxophonist’s stellar quartet is completed by ace guitarist Mike Outram, Pete Whittaker on Hammond organ and Nic France on drums.

Then Thursday’s session at Future Inns features highly-rated singer Becki Biggins, and the following night at the BeBop club you can catch a newcomer to Bristol, Dutch pianist Daan Temmink, leading a quartet with  Nick Dover on sax.

That’s all I have to hand for a hasty Sunday night post. Do add other dates in the comments if I’ve missed anything.

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