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Jazz diary – May 22 and into June

May 23, 2017

The weekly Bristol jazz listing from Tony Benjamin is rich indeed this week. Read it here.

Aside from the usual local sparklers, there are three visits from touring bands on successive nights, any one of which would be a must-hear in a quieter week. I’m especially looking forward to Mark Lewandowski‘s “Waller” trio with the brilliant Liam Noble and Paul Clarvis on Wednesday. They’ve made a really superb recording and the live reports from the tour are very enticing, too. Always love projects that dig into classic jazz repertoire and put a new twist on it, and I’ve rarely heard that done better.

Jonathan Kreisberg at the Hen and Chicken on Friday is a mouth-watering prospect, too, and the band that Simon Spillett is bringing to Future Inns on Thursday is ridiculously good – Alec Dankworth and John Critchinson on that room will make it a jazz club of rare quality for the evening.

Plenty of other stuff going on, but don’t forget the regular Friday date at the BeBop club, which this week features vocalist Ros Cuthbert.

This flurry of quality bookings calls for planning, so worth noting two forthcoming dates which I’ll say more about nearer the time. There’s a fine double bill at the Lantern on Sunday June 4th featuring solo piano from Zoe Rahman and trumpeter Jay Phelps (with Mark Lewandowski again). And the following Saturday (June 10th) Bristol player and organiser Dave Mowat has put together an enterprisingly unusual day at St Stephens Church, with a gaggle of excellent improvisers playing in various combinations from 10 in the morning until late. Trevor Watts, Keith Tippett and Maggie Nicols are just some of the names who will be assembling to create “music from another dimension”. Full details of who is playing when are here but it’s all on one (cheap!) ticket. Sounds like it will be an excellent day to dip in and out of.

Has a rather lovely poster, too…mowatfest.jpg


3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2017 3:13 pm

    I’m NOT bringing my quartet with John Critchinson, Alec Dankworth and Clark Tracey to the Future Inn on May 25th.
    As with my previous appearance at the club, copy and paste publicity (taken direct from the home page of my website) has resulted in the line up being incorrectly advertised.
    Simon Spillett

  2. May 25, 2017 3:43 pm

    oops – I see now the listing is ambiguous. It did seem a heavyweight line-up!


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