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Bristol jazz this week, 9 April

April 9, 2018

Here’s Tony Benjamin’s preview of all that’s going on. His headliner is the Julian Siegel date I previewed separately the other day.

There’s another noteworthy gig he mentions, too, though. Alex Hitchcock’s quintet, appearing at Future Inns on Thursday, is by all accounts a red hot ensemble. The leader on sax is joined  by James Copus on trumpet and flugelhorn, Will Barry – who some will recall from Jasper Hoiby’s excellent Fellow Creatures at last year’s Jazz Festival – on piano, Joe Downard on bass and Jay Davis on drums.

Their press release says they “have drawn inspiration from artists as distinctive as Kneebody, to Ambrose Akinmusire to Django Bates”, which sounds promising. Their sample video is pretty persuasive too.

It’s hard to keep track of all the talented new players who emerge in London, but this band is also notable because three of them – including the leader – are also in bass player Will Harris’s “London” quintet – recently featured at the Fringe. Jon Taylor was sufficiently taken with that effort to rebook them immediately, so definitely looks like these are players to watch.

Oh, and you can check out the quintet’s new EP on bandcamp.

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