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Bristol jazz week – 26 Sep

September 26, 2018

I’m not seeing anything to link to on Bristol247 this week – don’t know why – and haven’t had a chance to do my own trawl. But there are some nice things happening:

at the Fringe tonight – Perdato: think of them as the Pushy Doctors with Percy Pursglove taking the Andy Sheppard role, with the difference that he’s a multi-instrumentalist (trumpet/flugel and bass) but a similarly free-wheeling approach.

at Future Inns tomorrow – an ad hoc trio with Jake McMurchie (sax), Will Harris (bass) and Rebecca Nash (keys)

and The Bebop Club on Friday, with the excellent prospect of Andy Hague’s Double Standards quartet including the marvellous John Law on piano.

Details of all these in the links to the right. I expect there’s more, but that’s all I know at the moment*.**

Looking ahead: you’ll probably need to book for the stellar Jeff Williams quartet at the Fringe next week. And Dakhla Brass are preparing for launch gigs in London and Bristol for their new recording. My preview of all those here.

*PS. Ma Polaine’s Great Decline at Cafe Kino on Friday look very interesting, too.

(Update on the Update. This show is now – Friday – CANCELLED. Sigh: I may just give up trying to do this.



** also: this, in a good cause, tomorrow

Thurs Sept 27th, El Rincon Bristol, 7.30-9.30pm, £5 entry

featuring PURPLE & BROWN

A rare sighting for the shyest jazz beast in the undergrowth…magisterial double-bassist Jim Barr joins his Get The Blessing colleague Pete Judge on trumpet for an evening of low-key lo-fi angular jazz improv around the tunes of Thelonious Monk and more. And all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support (so there’s a £5 door charge).

*** and another addition – Swedish pianist Daniel Karlsson at the Hen and Chicken on Sunday. Ian Storror’s blurb reproduced below. And as he points out, there’s a review from their London date here.


Daniel is probably the most legitimate heir of Esbjörn Svensson in the Scandinavian jazz scene.

In live performance, not only is Karlsson’s powerful piano skills to the fore; but also the intense and joyful complicity between the three musicians is evident, with double bassist Christian Spering providing a truly inspired depth of texture, while Fredrik Rundqvist on drums works out a couple of highly catchy and original solos; and this is not easy when you are dealing with an already percussive, rhythmic and accented talent such as Karlsson possesses.

Karlsson has played with most of the contemporary Swedish greats and many European stars so he’s earned his jazz spurs. The trio is now the main part of his work and they have been prolific with their ideas, spawning five albums in as many years.

Five words to sum it up? Riveting. Cool. Playful. Unconventional. Most of all, enjoyable ~ Rob Mallows, Kind of Jazz (GB)

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  1. September 26, 2018 10:31 am

    Hi Jon and Tony (and Mike)

    BEJE at Bocabar Glastonbury Oct 5th What’s on

    | | | | What’s on

    All events listed run until 1am unless otherwise stated and some are free |



    BEJE are offering a new set for a new season, including part of the ‘EUrip’ suite we launched at the Jazz fest in Bristol in March. You can take the ‘rip’ as in ripped apart or R.I.P or whatever, but it’s a personal band-members’ perspective on what feeling European means. Anna Gomez (Spain) on keyboards, Guillaume Ottaviani (France) on electric and double bass, Paolo Adamo (Italy) drums, Len Aruliah (Canada/UK/Sri Lanka) on alto and myself on trumpet. More links below. Nov 10th gig lined up for  new jazz club, ‘Peggy’s Skylight’ in Nottingham. We’re looking forward (Federico Paolo and me) to a little national tour in Jan with Koreans Sangyeon Park and Yunmi Kang. CheersDavid

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