Jazz at Future Inns
Thursday 6th March – UNOFFICIAL WARM UP OF THE BRISTOL JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL! Featuring Greg Cordez Quintet and Blakeley’s Messengers
Date: 6th March 2014
Drummer John Blakeley takes full advantage of his fortuitous surname in this all-star tribute to Art Blakey and other artists of the Blue Note era. Nick Malcolm – Trumpet, Kevin Figes – Alto sax and Jake McMurchie – Tenor sax form the front-line, with Jim Blomfield – Piano, Jon Short – Bass and John Blakeley – Drums providing the rhythm.
The wonderful bassist Greg Cordez brings his quintet to this very special evening to give us songs from the likes of Andrew Hill, Gil Evans and Mingus…
Date:13th March 2014
Arabella Sprot is an excellent young tenor saxophonist who has recently returned from a year studying in Graz, Austria.
Her new line-up consists of fabulous guitarist Mark Lawrence, the ubiquitous Will Harris on bass, and John Randall on drums.
The music is mainly Arabella’s own compositions, with some numbers from contemporary writers such as Kenny Wheeler and maybe even a bit of Frank Zappa thrown in.
This is a tight musical unit – not to be missed.
The Duval Project
Date:20th March 2014
The Duval Project is a most welcome reincarnation of the ‘Backyard’ project which was, and still is, inspired by funky grooves, soulful singing and virtuoso soloing. The vocals are provided this time by the wonderful Marie Lister with backing from Richie Blake – Bass, Danny Cox – Drums and Andy Nowak – Keys.
Date:27th March 2014
Dan Reid is a fantastic young trumpet player who has been developing his style into something fully formed and unique. He likes to play very quietly and he has exquisite control – difficult for a trumpeter at low volumes. A cross between Chet Baker and Clifford Brown this is a quality performer who is quickly gaining a reputation for intimate and engaging shows. He brings with him the wonderful Greg Cordez on double bass, Trevor Davies on drums, and George Cooper on piano