Gary Alesbrook - Trumpet/Flugelhorm
John Pearce - Violin
Anders Olinder - Piano
Will Harris - Bass
Ian Matthews - Drums
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Denny Ilett (pronounced eye-let) is rare commodity - a virtuoso British guitarist and a talented writer/arranger, who has honed his chops not on the UK scene but rather by playing and touring with some of New Orleans finest including Lillian Boutte and members of such notable bands as The Meters, Dr John and the Harry Connick Jnr Big Band.
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BEJE's musical message is of strength in diversity from the outward-looking city of Bristol. Formed in 2013 it began as the Bristol European Jazz Ensemble but is becoming increasingly international with collaborations last year with Palestinian Zaid Hilal and South Koreans Yunmi Kang and Sangyeon Park. This concert features the regular combo of Len Aruliah (Hackney Colliery Band) on alto from Sri Lanka Canada and England, trumpeter/flugelist David Mowat from Switzerland and Britain (Bollywood Brass Band), bassist Federico Leonori and drummer Paolo Adamo (John Law) from Rome and Swede-Syrian Anders Olinder (Tony Remy) on piano.
For Future Inn their set will feature Aruliah's 'Jaffna Blues', an exploration in word and tonality of his multiple identity, Mowat's spoken word Palestinian piece 'I am Mazin' and an eclectic array of Milesian grooves, Latin, ambient and other self-penned numbers.
‘Ear-twisting incisive soloing atop the dynamic group playing of David’s exceptional tunes’ Keith Ames MU Magazine
‘The energy of the collective, the fluency of the players are all immediately evident and it’s hard not to grin at the irrepressible optimism of Dave Mowat’s writing and playing.’ Mike Collins review of ‘Live At The Fringe’ cd.
‘…flawless precision and absolute passion.’ Prema Arts Centre
‘tunes were…funky, yet featured melodic turns and harmonic twists that were redolent of both the late, great figures of pianist John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler.’ Richard Leigh Harris, Birmingham Conservatoire tutor
‘A vibrant contemporary jazz argument for international cultural exchange’ Tony Benjamin
‘BEJE tap a rich vein of global sources and infuse it with an inspired freshness’ Philip Clouts Bridport Arts Centre
‘…this exhilarating evening of playing, which was both sensitively lyrical and full of zest.’ Bristol Music Club
‘The blend with Mowat’s clear-toned trumpet gave the whole thing something of the air of the great Azimuth, with Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler’ Jon Turney
‘…eclectic, experimental and sophisticated, influenced by the jazz greats. The music is original, creating a fascinating combination of melody, harmony and rhythm.’ Vanessa Garside President WAG UK at Taunton CIC
‘Bristol’s very own Liberation Orchestra’ audience member Bridport Arts Centre
BEJE has gigged across the UK since inception, particularly the South West, highlights being Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival (twice) and Jazzlines at Brimingham's Symphony Hall. Twice attending Jazzahead in Germany where David Mowat met and subsequently collaborated with Dutch singer Anne Chris, BEJE are now planning an album launch (their 3rd) July 9th at St George's Bristol follwed by a short tour with Yunmi Kang and Sangyeon Park. BEJEs 1st 2 albums will be for sale at the gig.
Mowat is the main composer. His influences include Mike Westbrook, Keith Tippett, Sun Ra, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Don Cherry and Miles Davis. He has been playing professionally and leading bands for 30 years and is seen as a 'stalwart of the Bristol jazz scene' (Mike Collins) where he co-founded the East Bristol Jazz Club 21 years ago. Apart from playing and running bands he promotes music weekly at Saint Stephen's Church and is heavily involved in Green and social justice issues, around which he increasingly uses the spoken word.
Joy Ellis releases her brand new album entitled 'Dwell', featuring Adam Osmianski on drums, Henrik Jensen on double bass and Rob Luft on guitar.
Joy's music reflects her passion for jazz and improvisation, love of groove and dance music, her classical roots as a pianist and the soulful, poetic aspects of being a singer-songwriter.
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‘Startling debut from British singer-songwriter who sets her cool, poetic meditations...to a suitably restless, sophisticated jazz soundscape. Highly original work that creates a world of it’s own.’ Chris Ingham, MOJO ★★★★
‘Fiery improvisations from Ellis who provides well-structured hard-bop solos on piano and Fender Rhodes.’ John Lewis, The Guardian ★★★★
‘Joy Ellis has a distinctive voice of her own. A very gifted player indeed. A triple threat with those pipes of hers, those fingers and her song-writing assets.’ Simon Redley, Music Republic Magazine ★★★★
Craig Crofton - Tenor
Matt Hopkins - Guitar
Johnny Henderson - Hammond
Andy Tween - Drums
Split Tone is a brand new outfit formed this year by legendary local, but American born saxophonist, Craig Crofton and celebrated guitarist, Matt Hopkins. Split Tone's debut gig features hard swinging standards and a handful of original compositions; filled with the exciting and unique improvisatory style of the two lead instrumentalists. The relentless swing of Andy Tween on drums and the unwavering groove of Jonny Henderson on hammond form the backline of this exciting new group. This is not one to be missed...
“The bands latest CD is packed with atmosphere, respect and excitement. ..On piano, Raible blends the fleetness of Powell with Monkian dissonance…” Leonard Weinreich, London Jazz News”
CLAUS RAIBLE - Piano
HERWIG GRADISCHNIG - Tenor
STEVE FISHWICK - Trumpet
GIORGOS ANTONIOU - Bass
MATT HOME - Drums
This UK/European quintet was formed in 2014 by Munich based pianist Claus Raible (Art Farmer, Andy Bey, Mark Murphy, Jon Faddis) and Austrian tenor man Herwig Gradischnig (Vienna Art Orchestra, Randy Brecker, John Swana, Benny Bailey, Conte Candoli, Dusko Goykovich). Their first record, Searchin’ for Hope followed soon after during an extensive tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Each member of the group a band leader and prolific sideman in his own right, these musicians pay tribute to the music of the late great Jazz pianist Elmo Hope (1923-1967). Hope was a contemporary of Bud Powell and Thelonius Monk. The band tackle the unique and challenging arrangements carved out of the Hard Bop tradition of the late 1950’s, including arrangements for quintet by Claus Raible as well as many of the recordings Hope played together with tenor player Harold Land.
The challenging compositions of Elmo Hope deliver a hard swinging set fronted by the band’s co leader Herwig Gradischnig and UK leading trumpet player Steve Fishwick (Ron Carter, Cedar Walton,Peter King, Anita O' Day, Peter Erskine, George Mraz, Dado Moroni, Tardo Hammer) in the horn section.
Greek Bass player Giorgos Antoniou (Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Jesse Davis, Doug Rainey, Terrell Stafford, Roy Hargrove, Tardo Hammer, Scott Hamilton) who resides in Bern, Switzerland and London based drummer Matt Home (Gary Smulyan, Grant Stewart, Eric Alexander, Claire Martin, Barry Harris, Stacey Kent) make up the rest of the rhythm section.
DAVE NEWTON - PIANO
JULES JACKSON - BASS
MARK WHITLAM - DRUMS
One of the world's greatest mainstream pianists Dave Newton grew up in Renfrewshire, Scotland, with a a musical upbringing and the piano trio sound of Peterson, Tatum or Garner an ever-present feature in the Newton household. After graduating from Leeds College of Music in 1979 David Newton freelanced around Yorkshire and eventually became a resident musician at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough for two and a half years.
A move to Edinburgh followed where theatre work using local musicians quickly led to an established position on the Scottish jazz scene but after some four years there, his old roommate from college, Alan Barnes, persuaded him to move to London where he rapidly became a much sought after pianist teaming up with Barnes, guitarist Martin Taylor and saxophonist Don Weller. Newton's recording career had begun in 1985 with Buddy De Franco and Martin Taylor and his first solo album was released in '88 in association with producer Elliot Meadow who oversaw the next nine years of recording for Linn Records followed by Candid Records.
Once again, in 1997, David Newton and Alan Barnes teamed up and together with Concorde Label agent Barry Hatcher, made four CDs for that label. By 2003, Newton had learned a great deal of the ways a record company operated and he set up a business partnership with former pupil Mike Daymond and they established "Brightnewday Records" initially as a vehicle for Newton's own music but with an eye to opening up the catalogue to other artists later on. In the first five years of the nineties, Newton's reputation as an exquisite accompanist for a singer, spread rather rapidly and by '95 he was regularly working with Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin and of course Stacey Kent, with whom he spent the next ten years recording and travelling all over the world.
While all this was going on, Newton was composing music which he would record on his own CDs as well as writing specifically for Martin Taylor, Alan Barnes, Tina May or Claire Martin and Newton's music can now be heard on many television productions, especially in the United States where over twenty TV movies benefit from Newton's haunting themes.
In 2003, after a twenty year gap, David Newton was reunited with playwright Alan Aykbourn having been involved with eight world premiers in Scarborough and London back in the early eighties, and he was asked to write the music for two new productions, 'Sugar Daddies' and 'Drowning on Dry Land'. Currently, David Newton is relishing the musical freedom of his Trio and the special sound it makes whilst working on two other new recording projects, as an arranger and a composer.
David Newton has been voted best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz awards for the thirteenth time in 2014 and was made a Fellow of Leeds College of Music in 2003.
JOHN BAGGOTT - PIANO
PETE JUDGE - FLUGELHORN
DYLAN HOWE - DRUMS
Legendary Bristol pianist JOHN BAGGOTT is best-known for his work with Portishead, Massive Attack, and Robert Plant & The Sensational Spaceshifters, but his love of jazz is deep-rooted. Prepare to be amazed by the quicksliver dexterity of his right-hand runs, and left-hand work that threatens to put bass-players out of business.
Trumpeter PETE JUDGE is similarly most familiar from such leftfield contexts as the mighty Get The Blessing and acoustic multi-instrumentalists Three Cane Whale, but he and John have unearthed an unexpected rapport in tackling the Great American Songbook and beyond, and have been exploring this over the last couple of years in a series of under-the-radar low-key performances (hence the band-name).
Los Clandestinos are utterly delighted to welcome very special guest DYLAN HOWE to join them on drums for tonight's performance. Whilst releasing six jazz albums as leader (the most recent being his internationally acclaimed take on David Bowie's Berlin albums), he has also toured extensively with Ian Dury & the Blockheads, Steve Howe, and Wilko Johnson. Dylan is deservedly held in legendary status by Bristol audiences, and this is an all-too-rare chance to catch him in a 'chamber-jazz' context.
Expect a mixture of John's stylish originals, plus some hand-picked standards, including tunes associated with pianist Bill Evans, a hero for all three musicians.
LAST GIG OF 2019! Thursday 12th December - The Jazz Defenders - DEBUT ALBUM LAUNCH!! - £10/5 students
The Jazz Defenders are a group borne out of a deep love for Blue Note Jazz, drawing on a wealth of inspiration to craft their own raw and vibrant compositions.
The band is led by George Cooper, one of the UK's most formidable Jazz pianists, who at only 31 years old has already amassed a comprehensive repertoire of working credits including Hans Zimmer, Nigel Kennedy, U2 and The Haggis Horns. In 2015 George set about choosing some of the finest musicians Bristol has to offer to form a group that have since wowed audiences around the UK with their superb musicianship and virtuosity. As musicians in their own right the members of the band have worked with Chris Potter, Kasabian, Slum Village, Get The Blessing, Pee Wee Ellis and Nostalgia 77.
The music that they present is a modern Soul Jazz slant on classic Hard Bop, effortlessly channeling the spirit of the golden Blue Note era of Jazz.
“A classy five-star quintet to keep an eye on…” - Bristol 24/7
George Cooper - Piano
Will Harris - Bass
Ian Matthews - Drums
Nick Malcolm - Trumpet
Nick Dover - Sax