Can’t seem to find the Bristol24/7 round-up on their website this week, so here are a few quick notes from me.
Andy Sheppard injected some extra magic into the second set from ace Swiss piano trio Vein played at the Hen and Chicken on Sunday night. He’s at it again on Wednesday (June 29), when the Pushy Doctors return to the Fringe, with a fighting fit Tony Orrell back in the drum chair. Mark Whitlam did a fine job last time I saw them, but Orrell’s infectious, loose swing is perfect for this trio.
Thursday (30th) sees another formidable sax exponent, Simon Spillett, return to Future Inns. His regular quartet also features John Critchinson (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums) – which is impressive. However, the saxophonist’s own website indicates he’s playing a guest spot with a trio “TBC”, so expect his accomplices this time to to be no less worthy players from nearer home*.
Friday (July 1) has the unmissable Bristol date for guitar legend Ernest Ranglin‘s final tour at Colston Hall, with the excellent Eyebrow – the duo of clever improvisers Pete Judge on trumpet and loops and Paul Wigens on drums – enlivening the foyer beforehand.
If you don’t fancy any of these, you could try Mark Lawrence‘s guitar/organ trio Groovelator (Canteen, Weds 29th) or New Yorkers with a new angle on trad, The Tin Pan Band at the same venue on Thursday. FInally, Altoist James Morton, recently featured in Jazzwise, leads his regular full steam ahead funk session at the Gallimaufry in Bishopston on Thursday, and pops up again at No 1 Harbourside the following night.
*update – yes, it’ll be Andy Nowak on piano, Riaan Vosloo on bass and Ian Matthews on drums: fine players all 🙂