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Bristol jazz week, Oct 11

October 11, 2016
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Haven’t had time to do a preview this week, but never mind – Tony Benjamin has the usual run down of jazz essentials over at Bristol247. He also has a review there of Paul Dunmall/Keith Tippett at Colston Hall last week, incidentally, that captures the occasion very nicely – a rewarding evening.

Less rewarding, I have to say, was the BeBop club on Friday. Not because Tori Freestone‘s trio weren’t excellent, but because the amplified music from the bar at the Bear has become horribly intrusive. When the noise from outside the performance space is louder than the sounds the musicians are making inside, which happened whenever they dropped the volume even a little, then a venue has a problem. I hope they can reach some new accommodation with the Bear’s landlords on Friday nights, or I’ll be lobbying for these sessions to look for a new home…  A really aggravating evening for listeners.

There can be noise here and there at Future Inns, too, but only snatches of diners’ conversation from the restaurant upstairs – unlikely to detract from the excellences of Dan Messore’s Indigo Kid on Thursday, which is my standout gig of the week. A composer with a striking gift for melody as well as a master of the guitar, Messore’s own group – who blew us all away at the Bristol jazz fest a couple of years ago – is a real delight.

Also been reminded that there’s an extra gig at Future Inns this week, on Sunday afternoon, when you can hear the multi-national quintet, the Bristol European Jazz Ensemble, starting at 4.30, so nicely timed between lunch and dinner.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris Leonard permalink
    October 11, 2016 9:46 am

    Everything about “The Bear” as a venue for “The BeBop Club” is wrong. The place literally stinks and should be renamed “Jazz at the Urinals”. Neither the landlords nor the local punters understand what is going on in the Be Bop Club…just a bunch of aliens having a weekly gathering in the backroom. “The Bear” would, however, make a perfect venue for a UKIP meeting.

  2. October 11, 2016 10:36 am

    well, I guess it’s a perfectly adequate local boozer, & staff are agreeable. And all those gigs count for something – I’ve heard some really fine music there over the last decade. It’s the specific current practical issue I’m concerned with. Jazz is mostly going to go on being heard in the back rooms of pubs, I guess, so the problem is always going to be finding the next, marginally better, one… See you at Future Inns?

  3. October 11, 2016 11:30 am

    Hi JohnJust a reminder that BEJE are playing Oct 16th at Future Inns as per earlier emailThanksDavid  BEJE  Bristol European Jazz Ensemble

    Chai For Two/Three/All Arabic and Jewish music

    Saint Stephens Church concert organiser

    St Luke’s Barton Hill Older People’s Worker

  4. Andy Hague permalink
    October 12, 2016 6:03 pm

    Sorry to hear about this. The room was decorated recently and they haven’t put the heavy curtains back up over the door which at least helps a little bit with noise reduction. Have messaged the pub to ask for them to be reinstated.

    • October 12, 2016 7:43 pm

      worth a try! Turning the sound system down (just a bit) might be even better, though 🙂

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