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New year, new festival

January 2, 2019

A reminder that there’s a weekend (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) of excellent stuff in prospect in Bath to begin your 2019/round off the festive season (as you prefer). Many of the best players found in the South West are appearing, and it’ll be a great overview of how well off we are for excellent jazz.

Jason Rebello and Iain Ballamy’s quartet was singled out by Mike Collins on LondonJazz news as his band of the year, for instance:

Iain Ballamy Quartet. A very personal choice, unrecorded (so far), sporadically gigging, a regular line-up has taken shape at small venues around Bristol, Bath and Frome. With Jason Rebello on keys, Percy Pursglove, bass and Mark Whitlam on drums this quartet has been thrilling, sublime and genre defying at every appearance. They start 2019 at a pop-up mini-festival in Bath, and I’m hoping they end it no longer unrecorded or sporadic when it comes to gigs.

And I loved Karen Street’s Streetworks last CD – reviewed here

a very good-humoured set, in an English way. Certainly the accordion playing leans more toward the jaunty rather than maudlin side of the instrument’s personality. There are more dances than dirges, although the exceptionally beautiful closer Peace – introduced by simply-stated solo bass – does have a pleasantly melancholy air

I won’t say more, as there’s a handy preview here on LondonJazzNews, and the festival website is here. Lovers of good music will want to support this new venture, I’m sure.

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