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Bristol jazz week – and beyond… Jan 23

January 23, 2017
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Here’s the weekly link to Tony Benjamin‘s Jazz preview on Bristol247. I can confirm that Andy Hague‘s big band (Hen and Chicken on Sunday) are a fine ensemble and will sound spectacular in the upstairs room in Southville.

Also, while I’m sure the trio appearing at the Be-Bop club will be great, too, you might consider a trip to Cardiff on Friday to catch a really stellar sextet, Solstice. They include Tori Freestone and Jez Franks (sax and guitar stalwarts of Compassionate Dictatorship), fine pianist John Turville, and brilliant vocalist Brigitte Beraha along with Dave Manington on bass and George Hart, drums. Details here. The gig starts at 7.30 so no worries getting back to Bristol by train for the carless (me). As Dempsey‘s is apparently destined for a sale/makeover, the jazz on offer in Cardiff may get sparser for a while, so lets hope the music school continues these after workshop gigs with bands of like quality.

They sound like this

and their debut album was awarded four stars by John Fordham – you can listen to it on their bandcamp page here.

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