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 – 16 July - Here’s the weekly rundown from Tony Benjamin. He seems to think the Fringe is the place to be on Wednesday, to hear Nick Malcolm, Olie Brice, Tony Orrell and Paul Dunmall. I concur. For further encouragement, here are Orrell and Dunmall with another excellent bass and trumpet pairing at the Keith Tippett benefit just the […]
  • Bristol jazz week – 10 July - Brilliant night on Sunday at the Keith Tippett benefit – a full house, good music, and a decent amount raised for the great man. Nice to see the strength in depth of the Bristol scene (Paul Dunmall and Percy Pursglove are here so often they feel as if they can be counted in there), and […]
  • A bonus – Yunmi Kang & Sangyeon Park, St Stephens, July 6 - It was too hot to go out, but cool inside the old church – and worth the excursion to hear a lovely set by two visitors from afar. OK, Yunmi Kang (vocal, piano) and her partner Sangyeon Park (guitar) both studied in Europe (Germany, the Netherlands) but they hail from South Korea. Visiting Bristol, a […]
  • Late jazz announcement – Strigalev/Murray tonight - Here’s an unexpected opportunity to hear a rather remarkable player, albeit at almost no notice – That’s Zhenya Strigalev, who is phenomenal on alto sax. The duo he’s in here sounds pretty good, too. Steve at Future Inns writes: It is with huge apologies that Tomasz Bura has had to cancel his appearance tonight at Jazz […]
  • Bristol jazz this week - The most important thing to note this week is the benefit for the great Keith Tippett (see previous post) – even if you can’t go you may still like to donate. Tony Benjamin concurs – both in this one-off preview and in his more comprehensive listing for the week. There are more details here, where […]
  • John Coltrane in Bristol – (almost) - You might not notice, because it’s part of a festival (Doc’n Roll) whose title suggests a different musical mix, but there’s a screening of the excellent (reviews say) documentary about John Coltrane at Watershed next Sunday. And what better use of a super-heated Summer afternoon that hiding in a cool cinema to watch the man […]
  • Stop the music! (not really): Bristol jazz week, June 18. - I’m having trouble keeping up with all the jazz events in town at the moment. Fortunately Tony Benjamin manages it – seeming to search out new bands and new venues every week. Here’s his listing for the week. Also having trouble sampling more than a fraction of the music. Of the baker’s dozen of gigs […]
  • Bristol (and Bath) jazz this week – June 12 - The BeBop club now on a long Summer break, but still plenty going on, as Tony Benjamin details here. His listing includes a delightfully unexpected one-off – a visit to Bath Spa’s Micheal Tippett Centre by Paul McCandless. It’s a little way outside the city at Newton Park, but I teach there occasionally so can […]