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Bristol jazz – looking ahead 1

January 1, 2018

A quiet week musically here, although the BeBop club resumes on Friday with George Cooper’s quintet. Plenty of enticing gigs in the calendar after that. I’ll list some below, by venue, for those who find it tedious to trawl then individual websites.

There’s a particularly strong opening to the year for the Fringe in Clifton. Their current list looks like this (I’ve struggled but can’t get the formatting quite right – bear with me):

10th Jan    THE THREE TENORS – £10

                  Ben Waghorn – Tenor Sax

                  Jake McMurchie – Tenor Sax

Nick Dover – Tenor Sax

                  Jim Blomfield – Piano
                  Riaan Vosloo – Double Bass
                  Mark Whitlam – Drums
17th Jan   ANDREW BAIN QUINTET – £12
                 Percy Pursglove – Trumpet
                 Sam Crockett – Sax
                 Rebecca Nash – Piano
                 Riaan Vosloo – Double Bass
                 Andrew Bain – Drums
                 Nick Dover – Tenor Sax
                 Matt Hopkins – Guitar
                 Dave Guy – Double Bass
                 Matt Brown – Drums
                 Paul Dunmall – Tenor Sax
                 John O’Gallagher – Alto Sax
                 John Edwards – Double Bass
                 Mark Sanders – Drums


                  Matt Hopkins – Guitar
                  John Pearce – Violin
                  Dave Newton – Piano
                  Will Harris – Bass
                  Mark Whitlam – Drums
                  with special guest Percy Pursglove
                  Andy Sheppard – Sax
                  Percy Pursglove – Trumpet & Double Bass
                  Dan Moore – Keyboards,

Tony Orrell – Drums

                    Will Harris – double bass
                    Matt Anderson – tenor sax
                    Alex Hitchcock – tenor sax
                    Jay Davis – drums
                    Will Barry – piano
28th Feb    JAKE McMURCHIE QUARTET – £10
                  Jake McMurchie – Tenor Sax
                  Dan Waldmann – Guitar
                  Riaan Vosloo – Double Bass
                  Matt Brown – Drums
7th March  MARTIN SPEAKE TRIO – £12
                   Martin Speake – Alto Sax
                   Mike Outram – Guitar
                   Jeff Williams – Drums
14th March  AL SWAINGER’S
                    Tribute to Chick Corea – £10
                    Joe Northwood – Sax
                    Tom Berge – Piano
                    Al Swainger – Bass
                    Jon Clarke – Drums
21st March  JOHN PEARCE BAND – £10
28th March  IAIN BALLAMY QUARTET – £12

The Andrew Bain and Dunmall/O’ Gallagher line-ups look especially interesting, and it’ll be good to hear master percussionist Jeff Williams back in this room with Martin Speake.

Speake, who will turn 60 this year,  has been one of the most interesting UK players for decades (emerging with Itchy Fingers at around the same time Andy Sheppard made his name). He’s on the list at St George’s, too, in an intriguing collaboration with (now) former Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson. That’ll feel like a follow up to his notable collaboration with Paul Motian and Bobo Stenson, which was recorded for ECM many years ago.
The strong St George’s programme that follows their gala re-opening after completion of their massive building project has plenty of other things to look forward to this year.

Jazz and Blues events at St George’s Bristol

Interchange – Open Rehearsal

Thu 8 Mar 2018

Women in Jazz – Issie Barratt’s Interchange

Thu 8 Mar 2018

Tom Arthurs Trio

Sun 11 Mar 2018

Tommy Smith Quartet – Embodying The Light

Thu 15 Mar 2018

Gary Crosby – Kind of Blue

Thu 15 Mar 2018

‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’ with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Sun 8 Apr 2018

Martin Speake Quartet Ft. Ethan Iverson

Thu 26 Apr 2018

Andy Sheppard & Eivind Aarset

Thu 3 May 2018

Eric Bibb

Fri 4 May 2018

Mammal Hands plus Eyebrow

Thu 24 May 2018


Sun 3 Jun 2018

The Tommy Smith/Gary Crosby double header on March will be a seriously good evening, but note that it’s the first night of Bristol Jazz Festival, so you’ll need to decide whether to do this or hear Get The Blessing special festival project at Colston Hall the same evening.
The rest of the the festival line-up is here, and deserves a fuller preview nearer the time.
Also at Colston, before then, is a date for Christine Tobin, who gets Arts Council support to tour her new album of Paul Muldoon songs with an amazing seven piece band (in The Lantern on 7 Feb. More on this anon, as well.
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