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Bristol jazz week – Feb 11

February 11, 2019

Voila the usual preview on Bristol247. Comprehensive, as ever, though I didn’t spot any mention of Friday’s booking at the BeBop club, so here’s the relevant blurb if you need it.

The Hopkins-Hammond Trio

Matt Hopkins is a first-rate guitarist with a pleasingly original sound and approach to soloing. He has performed in groups as stylistically diverse as Andy Sheppard’s Hotel Bristol and Emily Wright & The Royals, and also takes the lead role in the “Music of Pat Metheny” project alongside pianist Dave Newton. In this new venture he is joined by Ruth Hammond on Hammond organ and Scott Hammond on drums. Multi-instrumentalist Ruth is often heard round town playing tenor sax with Brass Junkies, whilst husband Scott has for the past few years been touring internationally with Jethro Tull and performs less frequently in Bristol due to his hectic schedule. Expect tunes from the likes of John Scofield and Larry Goldings.

If you’re minded to travel, though, they’re competing for your attention with a fine trio appearing at the RWCMD in Cardiff the same evening (after the College’s regular student showcase in the early evening). Details of that one:

Ari Hoenig drums
Tom Ollendorff guitar
Conor Chaplin bass

Ari Hoenig is one of the jazz world’s most respected and innovative drummers. A prolific bandleader and sideman, he has appeared on over a hundred recordings and worked with a diverse array of artists including Wayne Krantz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman and Chris Potter. This new trio features two young talents from the UK: Bassist Conor Chaplin (Dinosaur, Flying Machines) and making a welcome return to Cardiff, guitarist and RWCMD graduate Tom Ollendorff.

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