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 this week, (and Festivals etc) - Here’s Tony Benjamin’s weekly preview – and I am reminded that linking here might be helpful by the, ah, persistence you need to actually find it on the Bristol247 site. As usual it covers an amazing selection of gigs – special mention for Iain Ballamy at the Fringe, which is bound to be full, and […]
  • Misha and more - Such a feast of live music at the moment. I am indulging, in anticipation of thinner times in December and January, and it’s already been a memorable musical week. Off to the London Jazz Festival shortly for some reviewing (Pat Metheny, Schaerer/Wollny/Parisien/Peirani and Mark Guiliana since you ask – the reviews will follow on […]
  • Bristol jazz week – 6 Nov - Yet another packed week, as detailed here by Tony Benjamin, whose preview for Bristol247 seems to get more comprehensive every week. The ICP Orchestra in Bath tonight (Monday) have already been mentioned here, as has Andy Sheppard at St George’s on Thursday. Also an eye-catching prospect is the previously unheralded double bill downstairs at Cafe Kino […]
  • Bristol jazz week – 30 Oct - Looks like another bumper week – as detailed here by Tony Benjamin. I’m already wondering how to digest a clutch of local gigs: Robert Mitchell at the Hen and Chicken on Sunday 5th; Instant Composers Pool in Bath the following night (see previous post); Andy Sheppard at St George‘s next Thursday (Nov 9th) – which looks like […]
  • Travellers in tradition - Here’s the usual weekly list on Bristol247, with goodies from Georgie Fame to Kevin Figes. It’s a bit late in the week for me to post the link, but not too late to write about a couple of other extraordinary upcoming gigs. Every jazz player has to come to terms with tradition(s), and how far […]
  • Ute Lemper, St George’s Bristol, 19 Oct - I go to hear singers I love live to feel the presence of the voice. My eyes may well be closed, or unfocussed much of the time. With June Tabor, say, Christine Tobin, or Gregory Porter, that’s not important. It’s all about the vibrations they make in the air. With Ute Lemper, that would be […]
  • Bristol jazz week – Oct 17 - The week just past – with evenings of outstanding music from Entropi, Craig Handy and Thelonious – has been exceptional, as Mike Collins explains here. Among them all, I’d rate Jeff Williams’ drumming as the highlight. Simply marvellous to see and hear such a master at work, up close. Also great, incidentally, to catch some of Peter […]
  • Bristol jazz week, 10 Oct - The regular Bristol247 listing Tony Benjamin puts together for us all has resumed – latest is here. (Really hard to find without the link if you’re on a tablet – I always have to use a laptop for some reason…). The Monk celebration at the Fringe is especially appealing, to me – Jeff Williams on […]