Bristol jazz week – Feb 13

A late posting this week, following Bristol247 – who have now provided Tony Benjamin’s essential guide to this week’s jazz offerings. Which is good, as there’s more going on than I thought.

Looking forward to catching John Law at the Bebop club on Friday, after missing his Bristol visit (with a different band) last week. Was a good week, though, with a fine evening from Quercus at St George’s and, possibly even better, a memorably high-level set from Tim Armacost’s trio at the Hen and Chicken. As ever, the latter reminded that Ian Storror puts on an extraordinarily high quality programme, often featuring visitors who we wouldn’t get the chance to hear in Bristol otherwise. If in doubt, if Ian booked them, they’re definitely worth hearing. This one didn’t have the largest audience, but those there were richly rewarded. Someone said they thought the slightly smaller crowd than usual might have been because some are wary of saxophone trios. But that’s just crazy talk.

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