Jazz week – May 30

Tony Benjamin‘s weekly gig  roundup is here, as usual.

And while there are plenty of good things in Bristol, I’m going to highlight a couple of out of town excursions that could be even better.

First is a chance to hear the sublime Quercus (June Tabor, Ian Ballamy, Huw Warren) at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff on Friday. Folk? Jazz? Who cares! Basically you get one of the world’s great voices alongside two of the UK’s finest musicians. There’s no-one quite like the sound of this trio, and they promise some new pieces for this date. It’s bound to be a rare and fine evening.

(Jean Toussaint appears at the same venue on Saturday, incidentally, but I can’t manage that one as well, sadly).

The week after, there’s another remarkable trio on offer when Phronesis appear at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon on June 10th. They’ve had ten years of performing together now and their latest CD has had deservedly good reviews. They’re even better live, as I tried to capture here last year. With Julian Arguelles Tetra booked for Colston Hall a couple of days later there’s a pretty astonishing run of gigs coming up if you care to move around just a little.

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