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

Fri 18th Nov

Bristol European Jazz Ensemble


BEJE is the brainchild of Dave Mowat, a trumpeter blessed with a big warm sound and an adventurous approach to improvisation. There are many musicians from all over Europe living in Bristol, and the band taps in to the wealth of talent and experience they have between them. Dave is himself part Swiss, and has travelled extensively in the Middle East, an influence which can be heard in some of his compositions. For tonight’s incarnation Dave is joined by firebrand saxophonist Julien Alenda [France], guitarist Knud Stüwe [Germany], bassist Federico Leonori [Italy] and new drummer in town Jon Clark.

Fri 25th Nov

ANt - Andy Nowak Trio


Since 2005, the A.N.t. have been captivating audiences throughout the South West, Wales and London with their enthralling combination of powerful themes, subtle interplay and raw beauty. The combination of truly original compositions and striking reworkings of well known material is fast becoming a hallmark of this highly empathic and musically adventurous trio. 2016 has been a busy year for the group following the release of their debut CD Sorrow and the Phoenix, which they promoted with an extensive national tour supported by Arts Council funding. "A wonderful album of lovely compositions and inventive playing...Watch out for this guy!" - Jason Rebello. Andy Nowak - piano, Spencer Brown - bass and Andy Tween - drums.

Fri 2nd Dec

Jake McMurchie Quartet


Saxophonist Jake McMurchie is one of Bristol’s finest players, who has gained both national and international recognition for his work with Get The Blessing, and more recently with his new project Michelson Morley which blends acoustic and electronic sounds. Tonight’s new quartet line-up sees Jake joined by guitarist Dan Waldman, a sensational player currently based in Bristol who has previously divided his time between New York and London. Bassist Riaan Vosloo teaches at Leeds College of Music, and is currently working on his doctorate at Birmingham Conservatoire. The group is completed by Andy Hague on drums.

Fri 9th Dec

Andre Canniere - The Darkening Blue


Andre Canniere is an acclaimed trumpet player, composer and educator currently based in London. Originally from rural Pennsylvania [USA], Canniere spent the first five years of his career in New York City where he worked with artists such as Maria Schneider, Donny McCaslin and Ingrid Jensen. This tour is to promote Andre’s new CD The Darkening Blue, his third release on the prestigious Whirlwind label. Inspired by poems of Rainer Maria Rilke and Charles Bukowski, the music appropriately combines the haunting and mystical elements of Rilke with the grit and boldness of Bukowski. The band features "imposingly original" [Guardian] saxophonist Tori Freestone, Birmingham Conservatoire piano tutor John Turville, bassist Mark Lewandowski [Bad Ash with Ed Jones], drummer Tim Giles [recently included in the Royal Academy’s Honours List 2016] and the "subtlety and precision" [Guardian] of guest vocalist Brigitte Beraha. This is an incredible line-up for us to have at the club, so please make sure they have a full house.

Fri 16th Dec

Victoria Klewin


Victoria Klewin is one of the busiest vocalists in Bristol, involved in many projects and often seen playing around town with her more bluesy/soul band the Truetones. However, she is also a fine straight-ahead jazz singer with a repertoire including many of the great vocal jazz standards. For tonight she is joined by the force of nature that is Jonny Bruce on trumpet, a powerhouse player who can turn his hand to any style from Louis Armstrong through to Freddie Hubbard and beyond, the virtuosic piano of Jim Blomfield and hard swinging rhythm team of Pasquale Votino on bass and Mark Whitlam on drums.

Fri 23rd Dec

Christmas Special with Malcolm Edmonstone


Pianist Malcolm Edmonstone has been described as “truly an astonishing musician” - The Daily Telegraph and “combines a sensuous touch with Bach-like precision” - The Guardian. Originally from Perth, Scotland he has taught for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, and earlier this year was appointed Head of Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, one of the country’s top jazz positions to hold. As an arranger he has written large-scale projects for jazz artists Liane Carroll, Iain Ballamy, Mike Walker, Claire Martin, Ian Shaw and Jacqui Dankworth. In the commercial music arena Malcolm wrote and played for three seasons of BBC1’s hit show Strictly Come Dancing. He currently lives in Bath, making it possible for us to coax him over to Bristol for his first gig at the club. On sax we have Nick Dover - Nick and Malcolm are old buddies who have taught together for the NYJOS, Andy Hague - trumpet, Will Harris - bass and Mark Whitlam - drums.