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Bristol jazz this week – 14 May

May 14, 2018

Lots of stuff going on – in Bristol and, as Tony Benjamin highlights in the Bristol247 preview, in Bath. The Bath Festival doesn’t reach the jazz heights that is used to, but there are several gigs that might be worth a look East.

Personally I’ll be overdosing on theatre this week, courtesy of Bristol’s now biennial MayFest. But must still try and make it to Future Inns on Thursday to catch Matt Anderson’s quartet. The sax-playing leader another in the seemingly inexhaustible supply of accomplished players graduating from the Master’s course at the Royal Academy in London, and is joined by fellow Academy alumnus Will Harris on bass, Mark Whitlam on drums and the wonderful John Turville on piano.

They sound fluent and engaging, as this sample from a new recording released next week makes clear.

It’s Anderson’s second release and follows his award of the Dankworth prize for composition last year, for this very tune. There’ll be an album launch at the Vortex a few days later, but Bristol gets in early with this one.

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