Live Jazz and Acoustic Music in Bristol

Sept: ARQ were a delight as always, Jimbo & Griff meeting Mr Parricelli was fun and Eric Taylor was a totally religious experience (I'm not religious at all, but I imagine this is the nearest thing to it). At 68 he has NOT a fab' singing voice, but he's just magnetic in his sing/speak delivery in a such a deep brogue that has you hanging on every word of every superb lyric; his guitar playing is something else. Not seen anyone play this style before! He may be back next year (Sept), don't miss him next time!

This month heralds five Sundays of Jazz in a row up to Christmas. Kicking off with Andrew Bain's International Project *EBA* featuring top Yanks Jon Irabagon (Sax) and George Colligan (Piano) [free CD on entry]. That's followed by top trumpeter Damon Brown bringing his Korean Trio (he lives there half the year) and the month of November ends with ex-pat Bristolian Dominic Howles Quintet that feature Dave O'Higgins (Sax) and Steve Waterman (Tpt) on frontline. Your choice?

Cheers, Ian

*EBA* means Early Booking Advised

*EBA* The Andrew Bain Project

Sun 13 Nov 7:30 for 8:15 (£14/12)Hen & Chicken Book

The Andrew Bain Project

Andrew Bain is one of the premier drummer/composers in the UK and will be embarking on his first nationwide tour with UK heavyweight pianist George Colligan (Jack DeJohnette, Christian McBride), Thelonious Monk Competition winner Jon Irabagon (Dave Douglas, Barry Altschul) on saxophone and Michael Janisch (Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano) on the bass.

This trans-Atlantic project will aim to capture the excitement and energy of New York City - where all have lived. Especially exciting is the fact that both George and Jon have not toured the UK jazz circuit in any large capacity. This is another scintillating outfit from the ‘Michael Janisch stable’ and promises to be one of the best so far.

Andrew Bain is one of the leading performers and educators in the UK. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Winner of the BBC Big Band Drummer, he has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, John Taylor, Jason Rebello, Jean Toussaint, Stan Sulzmann, and was a member of Jacqui Dankworth's band (2007-8) recording with the late Sir John Dankworth in 2008.

Irabagon was the winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition. He has since topped both the Rising Star Alto Saxophone and the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone categories in the DownBeat Magazine Critics' Poll and been named one of Time Out New York's 25 New York City Jazz Icons.

Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). He has released 24 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique. His latest CD on the Origin Label is called "The Endless Mysteries" and features Larry Grenadier and Jack more

Top stuff not to be missed, booking early is suggested.