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.

  • Jazz festival week - Mere days after blizzards made the city virtually un-navigable, it appears to be Spring again. And to confirm it, here’s the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, now settled in mid-March. Tony Benjamin has a preview, as well as details of what else you can hear this week, here. I’ve already previewed the jazzier end of the […]
  • Martin Speake trio, Fringe bar, 7 March - Sometimes, there’s something about a trio. No time to repeat so here’s a link to a review elsewhere, where I tried to say why. There certainly was last night at the Fringe. Partly because master drummer Jeff Williams was back in the room, getting reacquainted with Tony Orrell’s sparkly kit. But mainly because the trio – […]
  • Bristol jazz week – March 5 - Here’s the regular weekly roundup on Bristol247, for those who find this link convenient. Nowt to add, except see previous post here about one of the several excellent gigs on this week that it would be a shame to overlook (Tom Arthurs at St Georges).
  • A chamber jazz treat – Tom Arthurs trio - Snowpocalypse erased a few gigs, but you’ll be able to make up for any lack of jazz in the next week or so as there’s a welcome burst of notable visitors. I’ll point to a few more in a day or two but for now want to highlight one especially tasty prospect that might be […]
  • Bristol jazz at its best – now on video - Much enjoyed Greg Cordez’s quintet playing a CD launch gig (and some brand new tunes) last week – and feeling bad I didn’t get round to writing a review. Never mind, there are a trio of nice videos from the gig now posted. In B&W – very atmospheric – but the sound is good. As […]
  • Bristol jazz week – Feb 26 - Excellent, and completely packed, CD launch for Greg Cordez at the Wardrobe Theatre last week, on normally unjazzy Monday evening. This week’s offerings are on more usual nights at the more usual places, as detailed by Mr Benjamin here. Worth noting that John Law’s gig at the BeBop club (hot from what looks to have […]
  • A bonus – Alcyona Mick and Tori Freestone, 20 (and 21) Feb - Always nice to be able to recommend something at first hand – so a quick note to say I caught Alcyona Mick and Tori Freestone’s lovely piano/sax duo playing their short lunchtime set today at Bath Spa University (happened to be teaching a session there in the p.m. so just had to roll up early). It […]
  • Bristol jazz this week, and next month. - Go here for the usual comprehensive coverage on Bristol247, including reminder that Greg Cordez’s  excellent quintet are performing to mark launch of Greg’s new CD at the Wardrobe Theatre tonight (Monday). Also poss of interest, my preview of the Bristol jazz festival next month for LondonJazz, which you can find here.