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Archive - previous programmes

Fri 9th Sept

The Jazz Defenders


This should be a fantastic start to our new season. The Jazz Defenders were formed by pianist George Cooper to reflect his love of Blue Note era jazz and artists such as Horace Silver and The Jazz Messengers. The music however is entirely original, with all the band members contributing or co-writing the tunes. Since these guys really know the idiom the result is a triumph, it’s like discovering some great Blue Note album in the vaults that for some reason never got released. This band is really creating a buzz, and their gig at Future Inn at the start of August had the most other players in the audience seen for quite a while, which is always a good sign. George Cooper - piano, Nick Malcolm - trumpet, Nick Dover - tenor sax, Will Harris - bass and Matt Brown - drums.

Fri 16th Sept

Henrik Jensen’s Followed By Thirteen


For our first touring band of the autumn we welcome Danish bassist Henrik Jensen and his quartet Followed By Thirteen. The group is on the road to promote their second CD release Blackwater, and features a truly international line-up. American trumpeter Andre Canniere is a rising star on the European jazz scene who has performed with such luminaries as Maria Schneider and Bjorkestra. Also from Denmark, pianist Esben Tjalve’s delicate playing compliments Jensen’s compositions with exquisite taste, and underpinning the whole band is the sensitive touch of Italian drummer Antonio Fusco. Henrik Jensen's rich bass tone has gained him work all over world from the Blue Note in Tokyo to concert halls in Moscow while still keeping busy on the London jazz scene. Henrik Jensen - bass, Andre Canniere - trumpet, Esben Tjalve - piano & Antonio Fusco - drums.


Fri 23rd Sept

Corrie Dick’s Impossible Things


Originally from Glasgow, Corrie Dick is one of the most creative drummers and composers on the London scene who has played and recorded with Laura Jurd & Lauren Kinsella [Blue Eyed Hawk] and Jasper Hoiby’s new project Fellow Creatures. Corrie has received Arts Council funding for a promotional tour of his new album Impossible Things, which features the remarkable vocalist and violinist Alice Zawadski. Tonight’s touring line-up includes  some of London’s leading young players. Jessica Radcliffe - vocals, Tom Dennis - trumpet, George Crowley - sax, Rob Luft - guitar, Joe Webb - organ, Matt Robinson - piano, Conor Chaplin - bass, Felix Higginbottom - percussion and Corrie Dick - drums. Have a listen here

Fri 30th Sept

Andy Hague Quintet


Trumpeter Andy’s quintet features some of Bristol’s best known players. The group has made many appearances at festivals such as Brecon, Swanage and Glastonbury, and recorded four broadcasts for the BBC’s Jazz Notes programme back in the 90s. Their 2012 CD release Cross My Palm received some great reviews - “It is the sheer quality and power of the solos (Hague’s in particular, but also Blomfield’s consistently accomplished contributions) that really draw the ear to this wholly enjoyable set.” – Chris Parker, LondonJazz.blogspot. Andy Hague - trumpet, Ben Waghorn - sax, Jim Blomfield - piano, Chris Jones - bass and Mark Whitlam - drums.

Fri 14th Oct

Andy’s Drumming Hiatus Dilemma [ADHD]


Judging from the lack of phone-calls there is a whole generation of younger jazz musicians in Bristol who don’t realise that trumpeter Andy’s first instrument was drums, and that as house-band drummer for spells at The Albert Inn and The Be-Bop Club he has played drums for most of the UK’s leading soloists such as Peter King, Don Weller, Gerard Presencer, Andy Sheppard and many more. So drastic action is being taken with the formation of this new band with Andy leading from the kit, featuring two of his favourite saxophonists fairly new to Bristol, Julien Alenda on alto and Greg Sterland on tenor, long-time associate Jim Blomfield - piano and rising bass star of the moment Chris Jones. The repertoire will be completely different from Andy’s current trumpet quintet, with some originals from the back-catalogue plus some recent transcriptions.

Fri 7th Oct

Tori Freestone Trio


Tori Freestone is one of the UK’s leading saxophonists and flautists, known for her work with Ivo Neame’s Quintet and Octet, and the band Compassionate Dictatorship alongside guitarist Jez Franks. She is touring with her trio to promote their CD In The Chop House, released on Michael Janisch’s prestigious Whirlwind label. Tori is joined by two of London’s leading lights, Dave Manington - bass and Tim Giles - drums. Congratulations to Tim who was recently included in the Royal Academy Honours List 2016 for former students who have made a significant contribution to the music profession. “This is a record full of subtle delights and the interplay between Freestone, Manington and Giles is a constant joy” - The Jazzmann. See

Fri 21st Oct

Ray D’Inverno’s Quintessential Groove


Ray D’Inverno is a wonderful pianist and composer who for many years was a central figure in Southampton Jazz Club. Now based in Dorset, he has played with most of the UK’s major players at some point in his career. Quintessential Groove features the excellent Canadian saxophonist Terry Quinney, well known for his work with Sound of Blue Note, Andy Hague - trumpet, Ray D’Inverno - piano, Ben Taylor - bass and Lee Miller - drums. The repertoire contains Ray’s transcriptions of tunes by Joshua Redman, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and other composers plus some of his own melodic originals.

Fri 28th Oct

Kevin Figes’ Different Dimension


A pillar of Bristol’s jazz community for many years, saxophonist and flautist Kevin plays and composes for groups of various sizes, and has recently become a media mogul with the launch of his own label, Pig Records. Tonight he presents his sextet, which shows a striking level of empathy and interplay generated by a combination of highly accomplished players who have worked closely together for some time and are all great improvisers in their own right. The compositions are constantly developing to produce work which is challenging and contemporary. Influences include David Binney, Dave Holland and Chris Potter but also many more spread across many musical genres. The aim is to produce personal music in a fearless and evolving way. Kevin Figes - alto sax, flute, Nick Dover - tenor sax, Emily Wright - vocals, Jim Blomfield - piano, Riaan Vosloo - bass and Mark Whitlam - drums.