Bristol jazz this week, (and Festivals etc)

Here’s Tony Benjamin’s weekly preview – and I am reminded that linking here might be helpful by the, ah, persistence you need to actually find it on the Bristol247 site.

As usual it covers an amazing selection of gigs – special mention for Iain Ballamy at the Fringe, which is bound to be full, and Dave O’Higgins at the Hen and Chicken on Sunday. I won’t make either, but they should both be especially good.

As mentioned, I’m diverted by the London Jazz festival – you can read reviews of three diverse but equally splendid gigs here (Pat Metheny at the Barbican), here (Out of Land at Cadogan Hall) and here (Mark Guiliana at Ronnie Scott’s.

No time to write more, but also a pleasure to catch sets on the freestage at RFH from Arun Ghosh, Rob Luft and – best of all – harpist Alina Bzhezhinska, Tony Kofi and Larry Bartley playing Alice Coltrane, all soon to be heard on BBCR3 Jazz Line-up. The lovely Malija were superb, enjoying their touring-borne rapport, in the foyer room at Cadogan Hall yesterday, and were rewarded with a 200 strong capacity crowd. So look for the jazz audience in Sloane Square on a Monday afternoon – who knew?

I’ll be back at LJF in a few days for Fred Hersch, and then a Monk fiesta at Cadogan Hall on Sunday – not reviewing those for LondonJazz but might find time here: we’ll see. But for that, I’d be thinking seriously about a visiting quartet at the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff on Friday that includes the superb US tenor player Mark Turner, or perhaps the small but perfectly formed Teignmouth jazz festival at the weekend. But this is one of those months when the inexhaustible interest of live jazz comes squarely up against the impossibility of being in two places at once. Not a bad problem to have.

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