Live Jazz and Acoustic Music in Bristol

Moving boldly into 2015 we have some great music lined up already and lots more potentials awaiting confirmation. Andy Sheppard kicks us off on Sun 25 Jan, Ant Law Quartet (Feb), Gilad Atzmon & the Orient House Ensemble (March), Perico Sambeat/ Arnie Somogyi Quartet (May). Local folksters Jim Reynold & Dave Griffiths launch their new album with us in Feb/March. See GigNews for more.

Other gigs under discussion are:
Jazz: Peter King Quartet, The Mike Westbrook Big Band (June), Greg Abate (USA- July) and Simon Spillett.

Acoustic: Melissa Greener (USA - April/May), The Kennedy’s (USA –May), Alan Reid & Rob van Sante (Nov), Stephen Fearing (Nov).

Cheers, Ian

Ant Law Quartet

Sun 15 Feb 7:30 for 8:15 (£12/10)Hen & Chicken Book

Ant Law

The quartet includes some of the finest younger generation jazz musicians. Two of which are well known to Bristol audiences: Ivo Neame; most especially with Phronesis, but also with Marius Neset, Jim Hart plus his own groups, and James Maddren who has rapidly become the go-to-guy for a who’s who of top UK jazz groups.

Guitarist Ant Law was a scholar at both Edinburgh University and Berklee College of Music (USA) until moving to London in 2008. He then picked up work with artists such as Tim Garland, Mica Paris, Gwilym Simcock, Leon Ware, Asaf Sirkis, accordionist Koby Israelite, vocalists Camille O’Sullivan and Eileen Hunter, and members of Incognito and Level 42. Law has established himself as a standout new talent with an unorthodox yet original guitar approach as well as one of the UK’s noteworthy new composers. He makes regular trips to New York to study with his heroes Ben Monder, Lage Lund and significantly Ari Hoenig, with their collective influences audible in his music.

His style has been described as similar to that of the great Pat Metheny with lots of space, utilising interesting melodies and harmonies........read more

..Scarily proficient. A voice to heed ~ Jazzwise

An exciting band to hear live. ~ John Fordham, The Guardian

Gilad Atzmon & the Orient House Ensemble

Sun 1 Mar 7:30 for 8:15 (£14/12)Hen & Chicken Book

Orient House Ensemble

Gilad Atzmon is a naturalised British Jazz artist and author. Born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). That’s the technical stuff; but it’s the man himself that draws people in as a ‘person of interest’; a super musician with a genuineness that exceeds the norm, a true force of nature. He’s controversial and critical, sometimes loud and obnoxious; but always with that REAL human feel of a person who cares passionately about his music, his politics and the fate of others in not so well-off circumstances.

In 2000 Gilad founded the Orient House Ensemble in London and started re-defining his own roots in the light of his emerging ethical awareness. He found that sound he had been looking for. Over the years Gilad Atzmon's music has moved increasingly toward a cultural hybrid. As a bandleader and reed specialist, he has been amazing his listeners with his powerful personal style that combines great bebop artistry and Middle-Eastern roots in a sophisticated, sometimes ironical manner. Influenced by Coltrane’s powerful approach on the sax, Gilad's live performances are simply breathtaking and overwhelming. His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year. He’s been described by John Lewis at the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz".

His albums, of which he has recorded fifteen albums to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East, he also writes on political matters, social issues, Jewish identity and culture. His papers are published on vast numbers of press outlets around the world.

Whatever your view on that complicated political subject; the musicianship is beyond doubt, the combined explosive energy with heart rending musical compositions always hit the spot for the benefit of all in attendance, a not-to-be-missed gig on any music calendar.......read more

Gilad Atzmon, the expat Israeli saxophonist/clarinettist, combines thrilling jazz musicianship with a maverick political intelligence ~ The Guardian ***