Mainly Jazz in Bristol

I’m a jazz enthusiast obsessive, and write about it occasionally for JazzWise, LondonJazzNews, and here, on my jazz blog devoted to musical happenings in and around Bristol. I used to document absolutely everything, for my own interest, but have shifted down a gear to now post news of upcoming gigs that catch my eye and reviews of ones that seem out of the ordinary. There are also links to Bristol venues and events listings if you want to know what’s going on.

By the way, it’s very kind of you to send me your CD, but I almost certainly won’t review it, and if I did the readership of a provincial jazz blog almost certainly wouldn’t do you much good. Do tell me about any under-publicised gigs, though, and I’ll make noise either here or (more likely) on twitter.

Posts start below.

  • Bristol jazz week – Oct 15 - First, don’t forget the Keith Tippett benefit at St Stephens on Saturday (Oct 20th), as detailed here last week. Otherwise, more big name saxophone this week as David Murray visits – Tony Benjamin’s highlight from a veritable feast of gigs this week he lists here. He also has a nicer review of Andy Sheppard’s appearance […]
  • Bristol jazz week - Late to this, but as the Bristol247 listing that I tend to rely on remains elusive* this week here are a few quick notes on what’s on offer. Already too late to recommend Maya Youssef at St George’s (last night) but never mind as it was almost a sell-out, and very good. Andy Sheppard, showcasing […]
  • Bristol jazz week – 1 Oct - And after last week’s service break, Tony’s weekly preview is back looking, if possible, more comprehensive than ever. See it here.
  • Gig of the week – Jeff Williams quartet - Master drummer Jeff Williams, who divides his time between New York and London, brings a lifetime’s experience to the stand. The first recording of his in my library dates from 1972, and features John Abercrombie, Clint Houston and Mark Cohen (now Mark Copeland). He’s kept similarly classy company ever since, as a glance at his […]
  • Doubled standards – hometown jazz - Back in Bristol for bit, so topped up with live music 2 nights running. First up were Will Harris’s trio, enjoying the space – and a decent audience I’m glad to say – at Future Inns on Thursday. It’s an unusual line-up, Will on bass, Rebecca Nash on piano, Jake McMurchie on tenor. I can’t think […]
  • Bristol jazz week – 26 Sep - 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 […]
  • Bristol jazz week, Sep 18 - Not sure what’s happening at Bristol247 – there’s a list of jazz gigs this week, with none of the usual informative commentary, and it’s posted in two parts (part one here). Still looks comprehensive, though. Aside from interesting dates at the Gallimaufry and the Canteen, it’s also worth commenting that two notable tours pass through […]
  • Bristol (and Frome) jazz week. - Tony Benjamin has the main gigs in Bristol listed for you here. But with all due respect to all the players highlighted there, I reckon the gig of the week is down the road a way in Frome. Ian Ballamy debuted an all-star quartet with Jason Rebello on piano, Percy Pursglove on bass and flugelhorn […]