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The Be-Bop Club, Bristol, programme of events for September and October 2017.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

From the Be-Bop Club website;

The Be-Bop Club
The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol. BS8 4SF.

What’s On
Doors open 8.30pm for 9pm start.

Fri 8th Sept
Julien Alenda Quartet
French saxophonist Julien should be well known to Be-Bop audiences by now, he’s a naturally gifted improviser with a fantastic ear for harmony and chord changes. About a year ago he switched from alto sax to tenor sax, and has now really found his own voice on the bigger instrument. First time at the club for pianist Toby Boalch, who graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2011 and has recently mover to Bristol - he’s a terrific player and will be a welcome addition to our jazz community. On bass is Chris Jones, also ex-Birmingham and has worked with Toby a fair bit in the past, plus Andy Hague on drums. A mixture of standards and jazz classics from Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson etc.

Fri 22nd Sept
Andy Hague Quintet
Trumpeter Andy Hague leads his group through a selection of recent compositions and rearranged standards. Andy Hague - trumpet, Ben Waghorn - tenor sax, Jim Blomfield - piano, Riaan Vosloo - bass and Mark Whitlam - drums.
“A great band with Jim Blomfield on piano and Ben Waghorn on sax, excels” – Phil Johnson, The Independent,
“It is the sheer quality and power of the solos that really draw the ear to this wholly enjoyable set.” – Chris Parker, LondonJazz.blogspot,

Fri 29th Sept
Mark Pringle International Quartet
Mark Pringle is a former student and protégé of John Law, who thinks so highly of him that back in 2011 they recorded a piano duet album called This Is. Mark then gained a scholarship to Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied with John Turville and others, and was described by piano great John Taylor as “an exceptionally gifted pianist and composer, and a remarkable improviser.”  Since then Mark has continued his studies in Europe, and is currently based in Berlin. This collaborative European quartet has been brought together especially for a tour of the UK this autumn. Consisting of musicians from the UK, Sweden and Portugal, the group’s original compositions take influence from the Berlin creative music scenes, Scandinavian folksong and swing. Tobias Andersson - guitar, Mark Pringle - piano, James Banner - bass and João Lopes Pereira - drums.

Fri 6th Oct
Dee Byrne’s Entropi
Alto saxophonist Dee Byrne previously visited the club back in 2015 as part of “Lume On Tour,” a double bill with another group led by fellow saxophonist Cath Roberts. It was a great night, so we’re pleased to welcome back Dee’s band Entropi as part of a tour to celebrate the release of their second CD Moment Frozen on Whirlwind Records. Entropi explores a narrative of life-pondering, space gazing and risk-taking through Dee Byrne’s compositions. Juggling order and chaos, composition and improvisation, the group takes listeners on a journey with compelling group interplay, strong themes, open-ended improvisation, dark grooves and interweaving melodic textures. Dee is joined by US trumpeter Andre Canniere, local hero Rebecca Nash on piano, Olie Brice - bass and Matt Fisher - drums.

Fri 13th Oct
Sam Massey Ensemble
Sam Massey is a talented trumpeter and teacher based down in Devon. Some may have heard him playing at the Hen & Chicken in Mike Westbrook’s A Bigger Show a while back. “trumpeter Sam Massey fuses lyricism, abstraction and Miles Davis-like pungency on the gripping Juxtapositions.” John Fordham, The Guardian live review, February 2016. Sam has formed this new septet from some of the best players in the SW to play his arrangements of tunes by composers such as Steve Waterman, Kenny Wheeler and Laurence Cottle, plus originals from the band members. Trumpet/flugelhorn – Sam Massey & Robin Pengilley, saxes, alto flute & EWI – Jade Gall, trombone – Sam Smith, piano – Lewis Riley, bass – Jim Rintoul and drums – Coach York. Great to see Lewis Riley playing in Bristol, who many will know from his many years directing the Dartington International Jazz Summer School.

Fri 20th Oct
Satori is a brand new trio from Perrier award winning saxophonist Josephine Davies, featuring drummer Paul Clarvis and bassist Dave Whitford. The chord-less line-up features open and playful compositions with plenty of space for improvisation. Influenced by the great live trio recordings of Joe Henderson and Julian Arguelles, Satori were inspired to create a similar feeling of freedom and exploration whilst also bringing a fresh and unique sound through original compositions. Their debut album was released earlier this year on Whirlwind Recordings to rave reviews:  “consistently inventive” (Jazzwise)…  “spiritual, spiralling…slow-burning exuberance” (UK Vibe)… “A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist, Davies undoubtedly possesses the art of the improviser and has produced an album of exuberant lyricism and consistently engaging tunes” (All About Jazz). They all have amazing CVs so have a look at their websites for more info.

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