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Bristol jazz this week – Sep 18

September 18, 2017

The regular weekly preview on Bristol247 has turned into a 3-week selection today (here). Understandably, that means it’s not as complete as usual (there’s a lot going on). So I’ll do a smaller one-week list, as best I can, until normal service there is – I hope – restored.

So in the next 7 days we’ve got the intriguing prospect of Dave Newton‘s piano and vibes trio at the Fringe on Wednesday. The last time I heard him was in the same room, as part of Art Themen’s quartet, and he played as well as I’ve ever heard him, which is very well indeed.

After last week’s last-minute gig for John Martin, Future Inns spring another surprise this Thursday with a double bill of piano trios. Gabriel Latchin is visiting to promote his debut CD, which he launches at the Pizza Express in London on Monday 18th. The recording shows great promise, with a nice mix or originals and standards (Lover Man, Lush Life, Stomping’ at the Savoy), so expect the same mix in his live set. As well as name-checking all the piano greats on the CD, one of the self-penned tunes, Blues for Billy, is dedicated to peerless drummer Billy Higgins, so you know his heart’s in the right place.

He’s joined on Thursday by Tom Millar, who launches his CD at Pizza Express on Wednesday. In fact, he’s around half way through a more extensive tour with a quartet that includes prodigiously talented bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado (yet another recent CD debutant), Alex Monk on guitar and Jon Scott on drums. This looks like gig of the week, if only because if you don’t care for one band you’ll probably like the other. They even have a decent piano at Future Inns, so do try and make it if you can.

The night after Andy Hague‘s own quintet of local first-division players graces the BeBop club on Friday. There was a good crowd there for John Law’s band last week, and Andy’s crew deserves no less, with the long understanding between all involved – Jim Blomfield on piano, Rian Vosloo on bass and Mark Whitlam on drums your guarantee of a first rate evening’s music.

Finally, saxophonist Josephine Davis‘ trio Satori plays the Hen and Chicken on Sunday 24th, with the ace rhythm team of Dave Whitford on bass and the brilliant Paul Clarvis on drums. All details here. They sound like this.

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