Bristol jazz diary – January
Bristol venues are back in action after the New Year break (if they had one), and the immediately scheduled gigs are collected in Tony Benjamin‘s usual listing over at Bristol247.
If you want to plan further ahead, there are some notable dates coming up quite quickly. The newly expanded Cloudmakers (once a trio, now a quintet) open 2017 for Ian Storror at the Hen and Chicken on Sunday 15th Jan. There’s a great interview with leader Jim Hart explaining how the band has developed since he moved a France a couple of years back here. A similarly stellar line-up, in the form of Solstice, appear in Cardiff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama the following week (Jan 27th).
Then next month early booking is advised for the magnificent Quercus, where Iain Ballamy and Huw Warren are the best possible company for the peerless June Tabor. They have a new CD about to drop, so there will be new songs – a few featured in their memorable show in Cardiff last year, but it will be wonderful to hear them back at St George’s on Feb 9th. If you’ve the stamina, notable Australian piano trio Trichotomy play the RWCMD the night after, Friday 10th.
Also looking forward to John Law’s Congregation at the BeBop club the following week (17th Feb). Then it’s only another month until Bristol’s own Jazz Festival, which has a strong line-up this year. Some smart booking brings two of the most sought after British bands to the Lantern – Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur and bassist Jasper Hoiby’s Fellow Creatures, also featuring Jurd along with saxophonist Mark Lockheart. Their respective CDs were on most top ten lists in 2016, ands it’ll be fascinating to hear both bands the same weekend. Lots of other good stuff, including a Lantern gig for Dakhla and guitarist Remy Harris , sets from bassist Alec Dankworth, trumpeter Yazz Ahmed and Gilad Atzman and Alan Barnes, and a new score for Metropolis penned by Andy Sheppard, as well as the usual big helpings of blues and soul. Full concert hall line-up is here, with free foyer sessions coming soon to round out the weekend.