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 – 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, […]
  • Bristol jazz week, Sep 5 - 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, all our regular venues are now back in action after the Summer break, so there’s plenty to choose from. Looking forward to resuming the […]
  • Bristol jazz week, Aug 28 - 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 Last week’s Fringe gig with Greg Cordez was a resounding success, as TB also recounts in detail here. Two of the band, drummer Matt Brown and trumpeter […]
  • Bristol Jazz this week – Aug 21 - 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. Greg Cordez has an excellent collection of new music he’s recorded in a session in New York, so it’ll be interesting to find out what his Bristol […]
  • Epoch/Greg Sterland – Salt Cafe Friday - A short post to review the venue as much as the music. We’re not short of jazz spots in Bristol, and they all have their pros and cons (I write as one who didn’t manage to get a seat for Andy Sheppard at the Fringe last week…). Never mind, there’s always another gig. This one […]
  • Bristol jazz week – Aug 14th - Here’s Tony Benjamin‘s list for the coming week. Not surprised to read there that our now occasional-visitor-from-overseas Andy Sheppard at the Fringe is sold out already – but as a ticket holder I note smugly that I do enjoy seeing the Pushy Doctors in that small but perfectly formed venue. You can still get tickets to see […]