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.

  • 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 […]
  • Bristol jazz this week, Oct 2 - Autumn gig calendar is getting overloaded – managed a couple last week (Brodsky quartet at St George’s were fab, but definitely not jazz). Dan Messore’s sets on Wednesday suffered from a big crowd of noisy folks paying no attention to the music, so a fairly standard evening for the Canteen. Careful choice of seat and […]
  • Bristol jazz this week - There are so many promising young musicians touring at the moment it’s hard to keep up with them. Following last week’s double bill at Future Inns – a venue that still rarely seems to draw the audiences its players deserve – there’s another outstanding-looking line-up there this Thursday. Mosaic features not one but two winners […]
  • Bristol jazz this week – Sep 18 - The regular weekly preview on Bristol247 has turned into a 3-week selection today (here). Understandably, that means it’s not as complete as usual (there’s a lot going on). So I’ll do a smaller one-week list, as best I can, until normal service there is – I hope – restored. So in the next 7 days […]
  • Other people’s music - Two contrasting sets of people playing others’ music this week – different selections, for different reasons, but excellent results in both cases. Thursday at Future Inns solved a late-gap-in-the-programme problem by booking saxophonist John Martin. He now lives near Bath, and joined three Bristol stalwarts – Rian Vosloo on bass, Matt Brown on drums, and […]
  • Bristol jazz week, Sep 12 - Weekly pointer to Mr Benjamin’s comprehensive jazz previews on Bristol 247, which I link to so blog followers don’t have to go looking for it. This week’s is here. As he says, the date for John Law at the Bear is an enticing prospect. Sam Crockatt’s recent appearances in Bristol have shown us a superb player, […]