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Bristol jazz this week – Jan 15

January 16, 2018

Here’s the regular listing of gigs from Bristol247. The Andrew Bain-led line-up at the Fringe tomorrow (Weds) is my gig of the week, I think. His Embodied Hope project (tour and recording) last year was superb and the quintet he’s presenting on this return visit to Bristol, with Sam Crockett on sax and Bain’s fellow Birmingham jazz luminary and regular at the Fringe Percy Pursglove on trumpet looks a superb prospect.

(photo by John Watson)

According to Fringe organiser Jon Taylor, Bain now lives in Bristol, so perhaps this will be the first appearance of a regular ensemble – though Bain’s own website indicates he has plenty of other stuff keeping him busy. That includes a repeat tour for the Embodied Hope band in April. They’re not coming to Bristol this time, alas, but I can recommend the CD, reviewed here.

As Tony Benjamin’s list notes, there’s plenty of other music on offer too, including the first date of 2018 at Future Inns on Thursday.  One to add, in case next week’s note appears too late, is the lunchtime session at St Stephens Church next Monday (Jan 22), when Kora player Moussa Kouyate is joined by Al Swainger (bass), Jon Clark (drums) and St Stephens’ organiser Dave Mowat on trumpet. You can buy lunch in the cafe adjoining, and the session is free, with a collection at the end.

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