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Bristol’s month in jazz – November 2022

So it is a bit of a saxophone-fest throughout the town this month, with a number of massive title guests and a few of our greatest native reed expertise getting the highlight whereas some tasty African grooves run by way of November, too.

The sax-fest kicks off from the beginning of the month, starting with a Fringe within the Spherical double invoice together with Greg Sterling‘s saxophone trio Trinomika (Tue 1) in addition to singer Victoria Clewin’s quartet collaboration with Man Shotton’s keyboards. That is adopted by Paul Dunmall‘s return to Fringe Jazz (Wed 2) with a high-quality quartet of improvisers together with Liam Noble‘s piano, John Edwards on bass and Mark Sanders drumming. The subsequent night time (Thur 3) at St George’s sees Scots hero tommy smith carry out solo improvisingno wires‘ present exploring the acoustic of the constructing, then fireworks night time heralds the nice Jean Toussaint within the Bristol Beacon Lobby (Sat 5). Toussaint’s 40 12 months profession started in New York with the legendary Artwork Blakey’s Jazz Messengers however he subsequently made his dwelling in England the place he has collaborated with most of the UK’s greatest through the years. The Bristol gig has an all-star quintet line-up together with the sensible trumpeter Freddie Gavita with Shane Forbes drumming.

That is simply the primary week! Then there’s Fringe Jazz favourite Iain Ballamy along with his new quartet together with pianist rebecca nash (Fringe Jazz, Wed 9) earlier than the Bebop Membership showcases spectacular younger Scots star Helen Kay (Thur 10) along with her Golden Sands quartet. The Bebop additionally welcomes excessive participant Luke Annsley (Thur 17), famed for each free and straight forward enjoying, whereas a late change of program sees high younger expertise Xhosa Cole come to Fringe Jazz (Wed 23) in a glowing trio with Robert Mitchell‘s piano and Mark Sanders on drums. The fleet of foot may be capable of sprint from that gig to catch a few of Do not Go Cease tenor participant John Pratt‘s powerhouse quartet JP4 at Canteen. The Bebop welcomes again Canadian saxman Terry Quinney (Thur 24), this time alongside guitarist Neil Burns’ Organ Trio with former Bristol participant Martin Jenkins returning on Hammond after which Fringe Jazz rounds off the month with veteran reed participant Allan Barnes (Wed 30) in partnership with pianist David Newton – an empathetic collaboration that goes again to the late 70s. Brisk younger sax participant Alex Merritt leads the Sunday 6 session at Stag and Hounds whereas arduous bopper Martin Kern takes the reins there on the twentieth.

bass participant Riaan Vosloo (pictured at high) options in Luke Annesley’s quartet however extra importantly brings his personal septet Riaan Vosloo’s Commotion to Fringe Jazz (Wed 16) (by the way that includes one other brace of nice saxophonists in sam crockatt and Nick Dover). It is a splendid celebration of the affect of exiled South African gamers and music to the UK scene again within the 60s and 70s, introducing British audiences to their wealthy rhythmic kinds and passionate enjoying. Bristol’s Keith Tippett was an avid fan and energetic participant again within the day and his compositions will characteristic alongside these of Dudu Pukwana, Chris McGregor and others. It is the spotlight of a vigorous sequence of African derived occasions in Bristol, beginning with two nights of Afrobeat from Give Sosimi‘s band on the Jam Jar (Fri 4, Sat 5) after which there’s two stars of West African Mandingue: diabel cissokho (Canteen, Fri 11) and N’famady Kouyate (Jam Jar, Thur 17). North African guembri grooves drive the Gnawa Blues All-Stars (Canteen, Fri 18) whereas Ghanaian grasp drummer Ben Badoo’s Baraka (Canteen Sat 19) picks up African and Caribbean rhythms and fuses them with danceable jazz. There is a related modern fusion within the sound of Hellele (The Lightship, Fri 25). However again on the Jam Jar there’s an opportunity to catch desert guitar supreme justin adams in collaboration with Moroccan Gnawa guimbri virtuoso Mohammed Errabbaa (Solar 27) – a glowing assembly of minds on the coronary heart of an expanded band line-up.

However again to the jazz… flamboyant trumpet hero Jonny Bruce’s Organ Trio hit the Bebop (Thur 3) the identical night time as piano trio yeti’s month-to-month Pizza Categorical fashion session within the Greenbank, whereas vocalist Karolina Griskute‘s trio squeeze into El Rincon (Fri 4). Trumpeter Andy Hague’s Double Requirements Quartet pops up within the Tobacco Manufacturing facility (Solar 6) the identical day that traditional jazz and swing outfit Invoice Frampton’s Jazz Trio characteristic within the Hare on the Hill (Solar 6). Longtime Celtic jazz fusioneers Carmine seem as a trio at El Rincon (Thur 10) whereas the ‘tapas Tardis’ important man Pete Choose will likely be showing on solo piano at St George’s (Thur 10), a part of a double invoice with Three Trapped Tigers keyboard participant Tom Rogerson additionally showing alone. Pete’s third album of solo piano compositions has simply been launched – how does he discover the time? swing-singer Lucy Moon pops into the Stag & Hounds (Solar 13), Manouche swingsters schmoozenbergs are on the Jam Jar (Solar 20), and Jack Calloway’s Band have fun light-hearted swing-jazz at Fringe (Thur 24). A giant draw, nevertheless, must be the wonderful Nu Civilization Orchestra (Thur 24, St George’s), a talent-stuffed large band of Tomorrow’s Warrior you defend exploring the jazz facet of Joni Mitchellnotably her work with Charlie Mingus. Singer ESKA takes vocal duties however, to evaluate by their earlier Marvin Gaye venture, the various gamers of the Orchestra will likely be equally ear-catching. And whereas his Electrical Ladyband large band has been getting guitarist Denny Ilett deserved plaudits throughout the nation he crops once more on the coronary heart of Santarnal (clever use of an r there!), a superb 5-piece specializing in the Latin-jazz-psychedelia of the nice Santana band (Tue 29, Mr Wolf’s). And Mr Wolf’s hosts a buzzing new residency in a while Sundays as every week keyboard ace Dan Moore and energy drummer Matt Jones welcome a brand new visitor for a session. Elles Bailey‘s blues/jazz guitarist Joe Wilkins goes first (Solar 20) adopted by snapback fretmeister eli jitsuto (Solar 27).

You may discover a few of the metropolis’s best enjoying with soul-jazz singer/songwriter Pete Joseph (Tue 1, Unusual Brew) and Neo-soul multi-instrumentalists Mellowmatic are at Canteen (Fri 4). One other large spotlight of the month will likely be Glaswegian ensemble quick.tallheaded by effervescent trombonist Liam Shortall (Thur 4, Misplaced Horizon) with wonderful drummer Graham Costello simply one of many star gamers within the band. Previous appearances at Jam Jar have been sensible groove-driven showcases and with assist from ultra-hip Berlin outfit Moses Yoofee this go to must be a belter. Equally, Peter Cunningham‘s super-successful Ishmael Ensemble (Thur 10, Trinity) have taken their fusion of jazz, soul and dance music to a world viewers for the reason that pandemic, turning into one of many nation’s best and hottest modern jazz acts. Equally ubercool vibes from the opposite facet of the Atlantic are promised when Strive Ideas star Sly5thAve performs at Misplaced Horizon (Thur 17), combining jazz freedom, funk vitality and Hip-hop self-discipline. London-based sax trio jagamma (Thur 24, Canteen) make a classy mix of jazz, prog and ambient music. Extra straight forward (in that New Orleans fashion) the New York Brass Band will fill the Previous Market Meeting with Mardi Gras vitality (Fri 25). Having first come to consideration along with his dazzling guitar work in kokoroko, oscar jerome‘s George Benson influences shine by way of in his solo work along with his personal band (Tue 29, Trinity).

In the meantime, again out on the wild facet… we already talked about Paul Dunmall’s quartet at Fringe Jazz (Wed 2) however November issues begin with the ever surprising LiquidLibrary (Tue 1, Dice) and Mr Dunmall’s gig is up in opposition to the Damaged Numbers 6tet (Wed 2, Cafe Kino), a multi-generational collective of acquainted faces from the Bristol improv scene. That night time he additionally sees the Brunswick Gathering at The Lightship, celebrating the fertile and freethinking spirit of Bristol’s late remorse Brunswick Membership. This fifth bimonthly session options multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Evans. Most likely the one avant-rocking hurdy gurdy participant ever hits city on Friday 4 when Einsturzende Neubaten veteran alexander hacke and Danielle de Picciotto‘s duo hackedpicciotto convey ‘darkish ritual depth’ to the Crypt of the Mount With out. Summary experimental composer Carmen Villain premieres new electro-acoustic music with the Manchester Camerata at St George’s (Tue 8) whereas the Arnolfini hosts Circlea stay efficiency set up collaboration from the Vilk Collective duo with the digital collective squidsoup (Tue 11). And it is nice to see one other Improv’s Biggest Hits session at Crofters (Wed 9) that includes bass/violin duo John Pope & John Garner in addition to trumpet/violin duo Cirenne and the ever unpredictable Massive Fuss all making it up as they go alongside.

And, after all, there’s all these jam periods so that you can do-it-yourself: each Sunday (Hepcat’s Sizzling Jazz Jam, Barrelhouse; Stag & Hounds jam session) Wednesday (Donut Filler Jam, Mr Wolf’s) and Thursday (Jam & Toast , Previous England), plus fortnightly JFS Jam Periods (Mr Wolf’s, Tuesday). The Hare on the Hill has a Sizzling Jazz Jam (Wed 9) and the Canteen has its Jazz Jam session (Wed 2), Stone Chilly Funk Jam (Wed 16) and Canteen Latin Session (Tue 22).

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