Bristol jazz week, Dec 13

Too late to opt in to Jools Holland‘s rhythm and blues orchestra at Colston Hall tonight – it’s sold out. Ah well, I guess he keeps a lot of musicians in work. They must surely all be a bit bored of boogie-woogie by now, though, even if Jools isn’t?

Music in which more interesting things are allowed to happen occurs this week at the Canteen on Wednesday, when the now familiar five-piece version of Dakhla Brass get festive.

Kevin Figes on alto and guitarist Denny Ilett co-lead a quartet at Future Inns on Thursday, joined by Rian Vosloo on bass and Mark Whitlam on drums. And Andy Hague‘s arrangements of the great Horace Silver energise Silverado at the season-closer at the BeBop club on Friday.

Also note the new, fortnightly session at the Old Market Assembly on Monday, with Greg Cordez and George Cooper ensuring things stay together, and the Gypsies of Bohemia offering a free session in Colston Hall foyer on Friday as a prelude to a night celebrating Sheelanagig.

Finally, anyone who can  make it to Exeter on Thursday will be well rewarded as Mike Westbrook and and Uncommon Orchestra appear at the Barnfield Theatre. Their performance of A Bigger Show in Bristol this summer was one of the gigs of the year, and the new double CD – recorded in Exeter in July – is splendid, too. Well worth an excursion…

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