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Bristol jazz week Nov 30 (with new venue…)

November 28, 2015

Here’s Tony Benjamin‘s usual comprehensive and informative listing of the jazz on offer for the coming week. Thanks to him, as ever, for the trouble he takes compiling this – it’s quite time-consuming, you know! Don’t forget to look out for his excellent reviews on Bristol247.

Was annoyed to miss Sefrial at another venue last week, recovering after the splendours of the London Jazz Festival, so good to have another chance to hear them in a listening venue on Friday. Will they push your jazz tingle buttons?

jazz week Nov 30-Dec 6

Given the mordant wit at the heart of their musical project it’s suitably tasteless to predict that the Pushy Doctors gig at Fringe @ The Mall (Wednesday 2) will be a ‘heartwarming’ affair. The many fans of the band will be delighted to welcome manic drummer (and recent alarming cardio-vascular crisis victim) Tony Orrell  back to the line-up, alongside Dan Moore and Andy Sheppard. While cheeky young whippersnapper Mark Whitlam will be behind the drum kit, Tony’s contributions on percussion and electronics will be distinctively his own and one of Bristol’s best kept musical secrets will be back on its anarchic form. Another welcome is due to the Old Market Assembly, a new food, drink, theatre and music venue linked to Canteen and No 1 Harbourside. Promising live music five days a week the programme is likely to include a fair helping of jazz as well as regular swing dance nights.

In fact there’s two jazz nights at Canteen this week, with the groove-focused John Pratt Trio (Wednesday 2) and The Roamin’ Jasmine on Sunday (6). The latter are a young street band from New Orleans who play classic blues, calypso and R’n’B tunes in the Dixieland style as well as original music with a strong vintage flavour. More locally-grown young trad talent crops up down in the docks when the Spiegeltent Extravaganza (Thursday 3) features The Hot Tin Roofs. Back on Princess Victoria Street November’s Fringe Free Jazz session (Monday 30) welcomes ace of bass Ashley John Long, sometime protegée of Keith Tippett at the RWA, in a ‘double double bass’ face off with resident Paul Anstey.

Sophie Stockham’s ubiquitous post-rock contemporary sextet Sefrial are at the Bebop (Friday 4) while the Future Inn features locally-based Dutch pianist and composer Daan Temmink (Thursday 3) with his regular quartet on the same night as jazz-funk heavyweights Errol’s Kitchen  will be rocking the Grain Barge. There’ll be Ernest Ranglin inspired instrumental jazz/reggae in the Colston Hall Foyer when veteran reggae guitarist Andrew ‘Murph’ Murphy’s D play the drivetime session (Saturday 5). Finally the mighty Blockheads play the Fleece (Saturday 5) and, while that might not sound like a jazz gig to some, the combination of Gilad Atzmon’s sax, Dylan Howe drumming and the mighty bass guitar of Norman Watt Roy always pushes my best jazz tingle buttons.

And don’t forget … the week’s regular sessions that don’t always publicise their listings in advance:

Mondays: (Alternating) Canteen Jazz Session/Old Market Assembly Jazz Session; Trad jazz Old Duke. Tuesdays: (alternate) Henry’s Hot Six Chelsea Inn; Jazz Funk & Soul Society Small Horse Social Club. Thursdays: Pot luck! Old Duke; Groove Den Gallimaufrey;  Left Bank Jam. Sundays: Old Duke trad (lunchtime) Old Fish Market jazz session (evening)


And finally from your genial blog  host… Next Sunday (Dec 6) sees the Bristol launch of bassist Greg Cordez‘s  excellent first CD Paper Crane at Ian Storror’s final 2015 gig at the Hen and Chicken. Greg’s quintet is something of an all-star local band, with Jake McMurchie on sax, Nick Malcolm on trumpet, Jim Blomfield on piano and Mark Whitlam on drums. They’ve played together a good deal around town, and did a London Jazz Festival set at the Pizza Express the other week. Everyone responds well to Cordez’ lyrical writing – Blomfield, in particular, playing as well as I’ve ever heard, which is very well indeed. Fellow piano man Mike Collins seemed to agree when he heard them at the Bear back in March…  A very promising prospect for next weekend.

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