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Doors open 8.30pm for 9pm start.

Archive - previous programmes

Fri 6th Jan

Andy Hague’s Double Standards


Double Standards is trumpeter Andy Hague’s project in which the focus is on playing less often heard standards inspired by the styles of Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham and Chet Baker plus a few groovy things for variety. Andy is joined by brilliant pianist George Cooper, bassist Al Swainger who has recently moved up to Bristol from Devon, and drummer to the stars Andy Tween. Al Swainger has recently released his debut album as composer/band leader featuring players such as guitarist Mike Outram and trumpeter Neil Yates.

Fri 13th Jan

Sound of BlueNote


A welcome return visit to the club for this popular band, who do exactly what it says on the tin. Many of the tunes have been transcribed from famous Blue Note albums and are not to be found in the Real Books, so the group has really found it’s own voice and repertoire by digging deep in to the vaults. Fronted by the powerhouse trumpet of Andy Urquhart and fantastic Canadian tenor saxophonist Terry Quinney, with Jim Blomfield - piano, Pete Maxfield - bass & Andy Hague - drums. Constantly gigging across the south of the UK including regular appearances at Boisdale Canary Wharf in London, the band also perform as a sextet with special guests who have included Mark Nightingale, Alan Barnes, Dave O’Higgins, Gilad Atzmon & Jim Mullen.

Fri 20th Jan

Groovelator with Ben Waghorn


Groovelator is a new trio specialising in all things groovy and funky, with influences such as Jimmy Smith, Medeski Martin & Wood and John Scofield. Organist John-Paul Gard is one of the few players around to have mastered the bass pedals as well as the top bit -  “John Paul is able to elicit the almost indescribable excitement and groove associated with the jazz organ.” - Pete Fallico KCSM FM91. Guitarist Mark Lawrence has a “vocalising style that hints at Hendrix via George Benson” and Tom Gilkes has a growing reputation as one of Bristol’s best funk drummers. Following a great gig at The Grain Barge last autumn they’re joined again by special guest saxophonist Ben Waghorn, who’s Brecker influenced playing slots in perfectly.

Fri 27th Jan

Julien Alenda Trio


French saxophonist Julien Alenda has had a real impact on Bristol’s jazz scene over the past few years, appearing in numerous bands and hosting the popular jam sessions at the Fringe bar every other Sunday. Whilst many will have seen Julien playing his Kenny Garrett inspired alto sax, over the past year or so he has been transferring his skills across to tenor, which is his weapon of choice for this evening. One of the most naturally gifted improvisers in the city, Julien has a phenomenal ear and has no problem negotiating standards in those unusual vocal keys. He’s joined by two Italian musicians who have become one of Bristol’s busiest rhythm sections, Pasquale Votino - bass and Paolo Adamo - drums. These three work together so often they have really developed a genuine rapport, and know each other’s playing inside out.

Fri 3rd Feb

Joe Browne Quintet


Joe Browne is a very fine tenor saxophonist based in London. Having graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire he went on to further studies at Berklee College in Boston, where he received tuition from Joe Lovano. Fluent in jazz, world-music and classical styles, he has appeared with The Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, his own jazz/folk cross-over project Last Summer’s Tealights and funk band Groovestone. He last played at the Be-Bop in 2010, and is now thinking of moving to Bristol, so we’re pleased to welcome him back. Joe Browne - saxes, Andy Hague - trumpet, Jim Blomfield - piano, Riaan Vosloo - bass and guest drummer from Birmingham Conservatoire Gwilym Jones.

Fri 10th Feb

Nick Dover’s Fault Lines


This quartet was formed by tenor saxophonist Nick Dover to bring together the wonderful combined talents of groove drummer Matt Brown, double bassist Dave Guy and George Cooper on piano. They play fresh arrangements of songbook standards and great jazz compositions from various points in the last 85 years with an injection of new life, imagination and creativity - ideas are drawn from the band’s stylistically broad and varied taste. There’s plenty of tradition and respect here, but everything they play has a shape, a sound, a point – everything has been chosen for a reason and some little subtle surprises are never far away.

Fri 17th Feb

John Law’s Congregation


John Law has been described as “one of the UK’s most imaginative and versatile jazz pianists.” - International Piano 2014. Last year John toured to promote his CD These Skies In Which We Rust, and turned in one of the club’s most memorable performances of 2016. However, he never stays still for long and returns with a new project and new line-up. Tonight sees his first collaboration with Leeds based saxophonist James Mainwaring of Roller Trio. Roller Trio’s first CD release in 2012 was nominated for both the Mercury Prize and MOBO’s Best Jazz Act, which they followed up with their second acclaimed album Fracture in 2015. On bass is Ashley John Long, a virtuosic player known for his work in both jazz and classical idioms who first came to prominence through his work with Keith Tippett. Drummer Billy Weir is a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire and winner of the 2014 Tony Levin Drum Prize.

Coming Up:


Fri 24th Feb - Denny Ilett

Fri 3rd March - Roberto Manzin

Fri 10th March - The Three Trumpets

Fri 17th March - Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival

Fri 24th March - tbc

Fri 31st March - Elliot Galvin Trio

Fri 7th April - Benn Clatworthy