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Bristol jazz week – 11 June

June 11, 2019

Here’s the run-down on every possible kind of gig this week from Tony Benjamin. The BeBop club are on their summer break now, but there’s still plenty to choose from. There’s even a new venue – the Den Dockside in Prince Street. They have a date for Jim Blomfield’s excellent trio, whose fascinating CD I reviewed the other day for LondonJazz.

Speaking of new venues, it was delightful to hear great jazz early on Saturday afternoon, when Tori Freestone’s trio graced the new glass room at St George’s. I’ll say more about her and the trio another time, as they’re coming back to Bristol in July (24th at the Fringe) but note now that they are very well worth hearing live. It’s not set down anywhere I can find, but the word is that this was the first of a series of jazz events in the space. Hope that’s right, as it’s an excellent setting, and just right for this kind of thing.

With that and the jam-packed gig for Iain Ballamy’s quartet in Bath the following evening, the weekend was a reminder just how well off we often are for world class music in Bristol and round about. Mike Collins has that one covered for you here – as he says, a superb band who are still developing. And all but one locally based, so we get to hear them more than anywhere else.

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