Bastian Stein is unwell and the gig on Sunday is cancelled.

Live Jazz and Acoustic Music in Bristol

Sadly the gig due to be on Sunday (4th Dec) has been cancelled as Bastian Stein has been hospitalised in Germany with what sounds like quite a serious heart muscle infection, which means he’s been told he can’t play for many months. I have sent him ‘all our best wishes for a speedy and hopefully, full recovery’.

Looking back at November: Andy Bain's gig (13th Nov) was especially stand out for hearing Jon Irabagon (Sax) and the very bright and speedy George Colligan (Piano) from the States. Damon Brown's Koreans (20th Nov) were interesting and even I enjoyed Damon's Chet Baker-esk vocalising on standard ballads! Dom Howles band were swinging well, with special mention of Nick Tomalin on piano and great to hear Dave O'Higgins sax sound again; he was on good form (strong possibility he'll be back next year with his own quartet!)

This month now leaves us with just the one gig; *EBA* Andy Sheppard's "Hotel Bristol" as a parting gift before he moves to Portugal in January. Your chance to wish them Bon Voyage and a thanks for all his music and enhancing Bristol's jazz pedigree.

Cheers, Ian

*EBA* means Early Booking Advised

Bastian Stein Quartet (Germany, UK)

Sun 4 Dec 7:30 for 8:15 (£14/12)Hen & Chicken Book

Bastian Stein is unwell and the gig is cancelled.

Bastian Stein Quartet

Having attended the Rotterdam Jazz Festival recently, it was a nice surprise to see that Bastian was on the bill, as part of the septet of Swiss pianist Christoph Stiefel. I already had this booking in the diary based on listening to some online material and a conversation with James Maddren. So to hear him live was a good chance to hear his sound.I was not disappointed and now I’m really looking forward to the gig even more. He possesses a clear and textured sound on both trumpet and flugelhorn and has the chops to get around the most difficult of licks.

Bastian Stein started studying classical trumpet aged 15 at the University for Classical Music in Vienna. After his studies there he began at the Jazz Department in Amsterdam. Bastian completed his master's degree in Vienna where he lived and worked until 2013. In 2006 he received the Hans Koller scholarship to study in New York where he was taught by some of the best there is. In 2013, Bastian moved to Cologne in Germany where he formed his new quartet that appears here tonight. This year the quartet released their new album Viktor on Pirouet Records. Among many other projects he also works often with the WDR Big Band (concerts with Diane Reeves, Joshua Redman, Avishai Cohen, and Richie Beirach among others). Since 2014 Bastian has been teaching Jazz Trumpet at the University of Stuttgart.

What tone! ~ Audio Magazine
A wonderful CD….poetic strength and calm ~ Jazz Podium Magazine

Saxophonist Johannes Enders is a diverse, distinctive player who has worked with artists as diverse as Donald Byrd, Roy Hargrove, Lester Bowie, and post-rock group the Notwist.

Phil Donkin has risen to become one of the premier European bassists of his generation. Phil had a fruitful early career performing and recording with many great British based musicians such as Kenny Wheeler, Evan Parker, Julian Arguelles, Tim Garland, Stan Sulzmann and Gwilym Simcock. In the following years, Phil’s reputation spread beyond the UK and he regularly toured Europe with the likes of John Abercrombie, Marc Copland, Bill Stewart, Greg Osby, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jonathan Kreisberg and many others. He also performed with jazz legends Quincy Jones, Roger Kellaway and Eddie Henderson. In 2010 Phil moved to New York City where he furthered these musical relationships and began many new ones, playing with artists Ben Monder, Mark Turner, Seamus Blake, Bruce Barth and many others.

James Maddren is currently one of the UK’s first-call young drummers, an amazing talent that has blossomed almost from his first days out of college. In my opinion the finest drummer the UK has produced in last three decades. He has shared the stage with many artists and ensembles, including the Gwilym Simcock and Kit Downes Trio, Marc Copland/Stan Sulzman Quartet, The Mark McKnight Organ Quartet featuring Seamus Blake, Ivo Neame Group, Alex Garnett’s Bunch of Five, Michael Janisch, Will Vinson, Martin Speake Quartet, Phronesis, Jonathan Bratoeff Quartet, among others.

This gig has an interesting instrument line-up and the quality of musicians on show makes it a mouth-watering one!.....read more

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Hope you all have a decent time over the festive season and if I don't see you, best wishes for 2017 - Ian

*EBA* Andy Sheppard's Hotel Bristol

Sun 11 Dec 7:30 for 8:15 (£14/12)Hen & Chicken Book

Andy Sheppardl

The chances of hearing Andy on a regular basis in Bristol will be a little more diminished after Christmas, as he and his partner Sara will be moving, to live in Portugal at the end of January. Partly for the warmer weather, Andy has always been a sun-lover and as he isn’t getting any younger!!! However it’s also for his career and the necessity to be able to travel around Europe freely following the Brexit vote, with all the connotations that brings for many musicians in his situation.

It may well also affect future visits to us by European musicians as well, potential costs in obtaining visas etc; could mean the ease of coming to play here becomes unviable for many, we’ll have to wait and see for that?

With that in mind, we have already fixed a date for his other Bristol band The Pushy Doctors for June of 2017! Tonight though, we can say Bon Voyage and give him our best wishes for the future; with huge thanks for his body of work in this City over the last 30 years, and the pleasure we have all had from his music. .......read more

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