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Bristol jazz – looking ahead 2

January 8, 2018

As Tony Benjamin details here, all our favourite venues are now back in business after the break. His listing will tell you about the coming week, so I’m going to look a bit further ahead again in case you want to plan your diary without trawling the venue websites. See last post for listing of things at The Fringe and St George’s and a few notes about Colston Hall.

Elsewhere, there’s a nice list taking shape for the Hen and Chicken as Ian Storror firms up his bookings. After next Sunday’s opener with Andy Hague’s Double Standards, his current dates are:

Tom Barford‘s Asterope (no, me neither) on Jan 28th, featuring Kenny Wheeler prizewinning saxophonist, joined by Billy Marrows on guitar, Rupert Cox on piano, Flo Moore on bass and drummer Dave Storey.

Andy Nowak Trio, 25 March – our local piano stylist promotes a new CD.

Ed Jones quartet, 1 April. A strong prospect this, one of our very best saxophonists touring his first new album for ages.

Julian Siegel quartet, 15th April. All-star quartet (Seigel, Liam Noble, Gene Calderazzo, as seen on cover of latest JazzWise).

Vein, 29 April. Adventurous Swiss piano trio, known for collaborations with the likes of Dave Liebman and Andy Sheppard.

There are also some tasty things coming up at Future Inns, who get going next week (Jan 18th) with a new band featuring keyboard player George Cooper and drummer Joost Hendricks. (If you’re like me, you’ll be confused by their website, which puts the most distant gig at the top, the nearest at the bottom, but scroll down and you’ll find George).

Thereafter, they are offering:

Olly Chalk trio, featuring John O’Gallagher, January 25th. A Birmingham connection, with the outstanding US sax player O’ Gallagher currently resident there and developing a welcome habit of visiting Bristol (as previously noted he’s at the Fringe on Jan 31 with Paul Dunmall as well).

John Pearce, I February – Bristol’s gift to jazz violin.

Gary Alesbrook’s Duval Project, 8 February – celebrating a new CD.

Sound of Blue Note, 13th February.

and finally, for now, Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick, 22 February. This’ll be a great duo between one of our best sax players and an equally resourceful pianist. They also have a new CD imminent, from Whirlwind, and doubtless you’ll be able to pick up a copy although it isn’t officially on sale until March.








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