The Be-Bop Club

The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol. BS8 4SF

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Doors open 8.30pm for 9pm start.

Archive - previous programmes

Coming Up:


12th May - Damon Brown

19th May - Matt Hopkins

26th May - Ros Cuthbert

2nd June - Silverado

Fri 24th Feb

Denny Ilett


Denny Ilett is a first rate guitarist who can play in almost any style. For many years he has worked with New Orleans vocalist Lillian Boutté, more recently he has been playing contemporary jazz in Andy Sheppard’s Hotel Bristol, and when he feels like rocking out a bit he also runs a tribute to Led Zeppelin. He is also of course the driving force behind Bristol’s International Jazz & Blues Festival. Joining Denny on Hammond Organ is Jonny Henderson, who was voted Keyboard Player Of The Year 2010 and 2011 in the British Blues Awards. Jonny spends a lot of his time touring round Europe with guitarist Matt Schofield, and has also worked with Robben Ford. On drums is Ian Matthews, internationally acclaimed for his work with rock band Kasabian but also a fine and sensitive jazz drummer when the occasion arises.

Fri 3rd March

Roberto Manzin


Originally from Rome, Roberto Manzin is now regarded as one of the UK's finest and most versatile saxophonists. Time Out called him 'scorching', Jazzwise say 'he has to be heard to be believed' and that he is 'easily a match for Brecker or Bergonzi'… Roberto's career has seen him sharing the stage and recording studio with greats like Tony Scott, Laura Mvula,
Jason Rebello, Trilok Gurtu, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Donna
Summer & James Brown. Roberto is currently touring to promote his album LifeFlight, recorded in 2015 in NJ, USA with Gene Jackson on drums, Harvie S on double bass and James Weidman on piano. For tonight he is joined by Anders Olinder - piano, Al Swainger - bass and Andy Tween - drums.

Fri 10th March

The Three Trumpets


Following the success of The Three Tenors gigs at Bristol Fringe, the trumpet community has decided to fight back. Three of Bristol’s finest jazz trumpeters Jonny Bruce, Nick Malcolm and Andy Hague will lock horns, with the fabulous rhythm section of George Cooper - piano, Chris Jones - bass and Andy Tween - drums. A selection of tunes associated with great trumpeters such as Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw plus some nicely arranged standards.

Fri 17th March

Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival

No gig at The Bear this week, all the action will be taking place at Colston Hall.

Fri 24th March

Sam Crockatt’s Brouhaha


Sam Crockatt is one of the UK’s leading saxophonists who has recorded for the Whirlwind label with his quartet featuring Kit Downes, Oli Hayhurst and James Maddren. His new project Brouhaha is made up of three musicians who have recently made the west country their home - Sam Crockatt on tenor saxophone, Riaan Vosloo on double bass and Dave Smith on drums. The music, which is a mixture of originals, arrangements of folk tunes and standards, is full of possibility. Whilst being at times raw and searching, melody is always at it's heart. Be-Bop Club regulars will remember Sam’s superb performance with John Law in 2016. “Haunting lyricism” - John Fordham, The Guardian. “Performances full of power and invention, delivered with precision, poise, and grace" - Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM.

Fri 31st March

Greg Sterland/Daan Temmink Quartet


Greg Sterland is a Bristol based tenor saxophonist who graduated from the Royal Welsh College a few years back. A fluent and adventurous improviser, for this concert Greg has teamed up with pianist and composer Daan Temmink. Daan gained a Masters In Composing For Film at Amsterdam Conservatory in 2010, and has been based near Bristol for several years building a reputation as a fine jazz pianist whilst composing music for documentaries and adverts for television in the Netherlands. They are joined by Bristol’s busiest rhythm team Pasquale Votino - bass and Paolo Adamo - drums for a programme of originals by the band members and some fresh treatments of standards.

Fri 7th April

Benn Clatworthy Quartet


Tenor saxophonist Benn Clatworthy was born in England, but moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and has forged an impressive career in the USA having performed with Cedar Walton, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Cleveland and many other jazz greats. He comes back to tour the UK each year, and has performed several outstanding quartet gigs at the Be-Bop in the past. Benn is joined by Jim Blomfield - piano, Will Harris - bass and Andy Hague - drums. An impassioned post-Coltrane style improviser, Benn has released two CDs recently, Three Wise Monkeys with organ trio, and Clatworthy Music with Latin jazz octet. Go to for more info.

Fri 14th April

Elliot Galvin Trio


Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of UK jazz. A superbly gifted composer and pianist whose maverick imagination and magpie like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision has seen him compared to Django Bates, although in truth he sounds like no one except himself. From deconstructing standards to creating his own microtonal melodica, Galvin’s music is both playful and deadly serious, drawing on a wide range of influences from Keith Jarrett to Stravinsky, Ligetti, Deerhoof and the Beatles as well as the films of David Lynch, the Dada movement and the literature of James Joyce. A regular collaborator with Laura Jurd, he also plays in a free improv duo with Mark Sanders. But his main artistic vehicle is the Elliot Galvin Trio, which in 2014 was announced winner of the European Young Jazz Artist of the Year Award in Germany. The group are touring to promote their second album Punch, released on the Edition Records label. Elliot Galvin - piano, Tom McCredie - bass and Corrie Dick - drums. See

Fri 21st April

Jon Shenoy’s Draw By Four


With a line-up steeped in tradition, Draw By Four take the classic 60s organ quartet into brand new territory where the compositions from saxophonist leader Jon Shenoy (Ivo Neame Large Ensemble) mix contrapuntal bass lines and rhythmic hooks with thoughtful lyricism. Mixing stark ethereal voices with gritty Hammond boogaloo, organist Will Bartlett [Jim Mullen, Salena Jones] draws on a wide palette of sounds that build the foundation for an infectious mix of groove-based original compositions, enchanting ballads and unique arrangements of avant-pop songs. Guitarist Sam Dunn is based in Leeds, and recent work has seen him tour Australia with Grammy Nominated jazz pianist and vocalist Judy Carmichael, and perform at Ronnie Scott's, Wimbledon Music Festival and the Legnano Jazz Festival in Milan, Italy. Drummer Chris Draper has recently toured with Clare Teal and Kyle Eastwood, and has also performed with Jason Rebello and Soweto Kinch. The band appear at the club as part of a 20 date Arts Council funded national tour to promote their forthcoming CD Framework. Jon Shenoy - sax, Sam Dunn - guitar, Will Bartlett - Hammond organ and Chris Draper - drums. See