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Great value live music in Bristol. Listen to talented Jazz players for only £5 per person redeemable against food and drinks! Check out who is playing this month!

Date: Thursday, 30th July 2015
Time: From 8.30pm onwards
Venue: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: Adults:£5.00. Students: £3.00

FREIGHT is that rare thing.. A jazz band with a group identity’ – LISTOMANIA BATH

‘A beguilingly original new jazz outfit making its mark on the Bristol scene’ – VENUE magazine

‘The compositional quality and the playing are both at a peak; let’s see where they can take it in future’ – Charley Dunlap

Freight is a band with a vision, more than just four musicians playing together, the whole greater than the sum of its parts. It is guided by the golden age acoustic jazz of the Fifties, in particular the Thelonious Monk-John Coltrane Quartet of 1957. It’s a natural choice for pianist Martin Jenkins and saxophonist Craig Crofton: their playing already derives strongly from Monk and Coltrane. This is an album of genuine jazz with soul, creativity and expertise like the giants who inspired it.There are two Monk compositions on the album, ‘Think of One’ and ‘Ask Me Now’, and one standard, ‘My Ideal’ (Whiting-Chase-Robin), known mostly as a Chet Baker vehicle. The rest of the tunes are by Martin Jenkins, Craig Crofton or a collaborations of the two. The writing throughout is exceptionally good in the style of Monk, the transitions from the Monk to the originals is seamless.

There are many beautiful moments. ‘My Ideal’ is a gorgeous song gorgeously played, but the title tune, ‘Call of Mind’, is equally if not more so. It is a Martin Jenkins song and, though it has no lyric as far as I know, it seems like it does; in my book, a big compliment. Like many of the tunes, it is Monkish in the head, but Martin’s soloing is not, reminding one of some point between George Shearing and Bill Evans. This is his style throughout, playing inspired by Monk but not like Monk.

Greg Cordez is known as a fine composer but on this album he is a double-bassist first. He plays in the style of the time: walking bass that makes for a mighty swinging groove. His solos – very well recorded, like the entire album – are models of construction and sonority, intriguing the listener like few bassists do.

Drummer Matt Brown only recently joined the group and broadens the sound with an interesting take on quartet drumming. He is quite subdued, often offering suggestions of familiar licks, and, using toms more than most, is very, very musical. I can’t think of a drummer quite like this.

Craig plays soprano sax on the first three tracks like it’s the only instrument he has ever played. ‘Grey and Pleasant Land’, a Crofton composition, is beautiful – then his soprano takes it to places you never expected with a uniquely human sound. On the rest of the album he plays consistently inventive tenor with a stronger African American influence than most saxophonists in Britain have. His tenor solos on the last three tunes, ‘Abate Not’, ‘Call of Mind’ and ‘Mabon Monk’ all draw you in and hold you to the last note. Freight shows Craig Crofton grown into a seriously exceptional saxophonist with, not just technique, but ideas that have depth, beauty, and surprise. It’s good to see.

Let’s hope this band stays together longer than the Monk-Coltrane Quartet because this, grounded in the past, is a great starting point for the future. The compositional quality and the playing are both at a peak; let’s see where they can take it in future.

The Defenders
Date: Thursday, 6th August 2015
Time: From 8.30pm onwards
Venue: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: Adults:£5.00. Students: £3.00

The Jazz Defenders are Bristol’s new answer to Blue Note, drawing on a wealth of influence from the golden era of Jazz. With a stronghold of some of the finest musicians in the West Country, they play an all-original set written collaboratively between George Cooper and each member of the band, faithfully paying homage to the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver and Hank Mobley whilst retaining their own identity and distinctive flair. Tight ensemble passages and lyrical melodies groove alongside accomplished solos and bring colour and depth to a popular genre of Jazz.

The band features Nick Dover on Tenor Sax, Nick Malcolm on Trumpet, Matt Brown on Drums, Will Harris on Bass and is lead by George Cooper on Piano.

George Cooper – George Cooper is a vibrant and exciting young pianist who combines mainstream lyrical melodies with a contemporary, cinematic approach to jazz. Since a very early age, George has flourished as a captivating musician and has already cemented his reputation working across a variety of mediums within the industry, including working in Hollywood with film composer Hans Zimmer, orchestrating Jazz for Nigel Kennedy and the London Sinfonia and as well as playing alongside some of the most highly acclaimed Jazz stars in the UK and Europe, George has written music for several award-winning films. His expressive technique has been described as ‘dynamic’, ‘soulful’, ‘subjective’ and ‘electrifying’.

Nicholas Dover – Nicholas Dover is a tenor saxophonist, originally from Perthshire in Scotland. At 17 he moved to London where he studied jazz at The Royal Academy of Music. Under the tuition of Martin Speake, Julian Arguelles and Mark Lockheart, he developed a love of the way melody and harmony tie together in jazz and more broadly, the way these elements can be found and used in harmonic music outside jazz. He attained his LRAM teaching certificate at the Royal Academy and soon found great rewards in passing on the improvisational concepts he had learned, particularly to those who could play already but who hadn’t previously explored this approach to music. He teaches for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland as a saxophone tutor, combo leader and big band leader. He has toured in France, Scandinavia, the USA and Japan, played at Glastonbury and recorded in NYC playing guitar and saxophone with the band Grand National for two years from 2004. Having moved to Bristol he continues to broaden his involvement in the Bristol music scene.

Nick Malcolm – Nick Malcolm is an original, exciting and heart-felt improviser. His rich, warm sound and sense of improvisational daring inform each and every musical situation and he plays with a total commitment to the music in the moment, whatever the stylistic context. He made a big impression at The Vortex, Manchester Jazz Festival and Ealing Jazz Festival during the summer of 2011 and toured nationally in June 2012. Nick has played at the 606 Club, Brecon, Cheltenham, Glastonbury and Oxford festivals, London Jazz Cafe and Ronnie Scotts and with musicians such as Gail Brand, Chris Batchelor, Alexander Hawkins, Emily Wright, Nostalgia 77 and BBC Folk Award Winner Jim Moray.

Will Harris – Will’s dynamic and comprehensive approach to the double bass has put him in high demand as a musician in the South-West. He is a regular member of Andy Hague quartet, Kevin Figes quartet, Michelson Morley (alongside Get The Blessing tenorist Jake McMurchie), Karen Street’s Streetworks (alongside Mike Outram) and the Colman Brothers. Will has also shared the stage with the likes of Bobby Wellins, Alan Barnes, David Newton, Simon Spillett, Tina May, Anita Wardell, Damon Brown, Ed Jones and LA-based tenorist Benn Clatworthy.

Matt Brown – Matt began playing drums at age 13 and now at age 26 he has toured throughout Europe and played in and composed for bands that have had their music distributed globally. In May 2014 he had a feature article in UK drum magazine ‘Rhythm’ as a ‘new talent to watch’. He has also recorded and toured with artists such as Marc Ford (Black Crowes), Massive Attack, Rodriguez (Searching for Sugarman), Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard, Get The Blessing, Lillian Boutte and many more.

The Pushy Doctors
Date: Thursday,20th August 2015
Time: From 8.30pm onwards
Venue: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: Adults:£5.00. Students: £3.00

Pushy Doctors…

Andy Sheppard – saxophones
Dan Moore – organ
Tony Orrell – drums (Tonight, due to illness, Tony will be covered by the wonderful Mark Whitlam. We wish Tony a speedy recovery)

A great ‘anarchistic’ ride through standards of jazz pop and beyond by this hard swinging ‘out there’ classic organ trio. Formed to play in the in the deep club/pub environment this disrespectful grooving band can really blow the roof off. Taking a repertoire of well-known tunes (Sheppard’s personal favorites) and turning them inside out in an often humorous but always musical way. There are always rows of smiling faces at a ‘Doctor’s’ gig. The music is skillfully infectious but often very deep as well. A great blowing band with a medicinal twist – together we’ll heal the world…

TONY ORRELL first played with Andy back in the early ‘80s in Sphere recording the album ‘Present Tense’. During the same period he played with Spirit Level, which culminated in the album ‘Killer Bunnies’ featuring ex-Mingus trumpeter, Jack Walrath, and Paul Dunmall. Tony has also backed many US jazz musicians including Tal Farlow, Slim Gaillard, Spike Robinson, Harry Allen and Gene ‘Mighty Flea’ Connors, as well as the cream of UK soloists – Harry Beckett, Elton Dean, Keith Tippett, Larry Stabbins, Alan Skidmore, Evan Parker, etc. During the ‘90s he formed the Gas Giants with Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) and the Adrian Utley Quartet. These musical relationships have continued to the present day and last November sold out the Bristol Old Vic as part of The Charles Hazlewood All Stars, playing the music of Terry Riley.

DAN MOORE pianist, thrives on diversity. A composer, arranger and producer, Dan has worked with Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Will Young, Lillian Boutte, Roni Size, Don Weller, The Mahotella Queens, Cheikh Lo, Dave O’Higgins and Tony Remy as well as touring and recording throughout Europe and the USA most recently with Phantom Limb.

“its a dazzling genre busting swerve through surging post bop jazz, loving but radical surgery on rock and pop classics and angular, wryly humorous programming that never fails to have an audience begging for more.” Mike Collins – Jazzblogman

“We’re in a different world now… help!” he muttered. That improvising stuff is dangerous. The cavalry rushed in with the surging groove and they were off again. They are unfailingly exhilarating.” Mike Collins

“At the end it seemed like the world was wonderful and not up shit’s creek as in these dark economic days, this is why music and the arts are so important in such times, to allow us to escape briefly into orgasms of bliss when talented folk perform so beautifully well.” – Jazz at the Albert

Tim Thornton Quartet feat Jason Rebello
Date: Thursday,27th August 2015
Time: From 8.30pm onwards
Venue: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: Adults:£5.00. Students: £3.00

‘The most natural young double-bassist in years.’ – Jack Massarik

‘Thornton is a player with a strong technique who uses therange of the bass well, and is capable of great depth, emotionand lyricism.’ – Rob Edgar, londonjazz

Bassist Tim Thornton is a regular performer on the British jazz scene and graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire. He comes from a very musical background with his parents Neal Thornton (pianist/composer) and Sally Burgess (Mezzo Soprano/Director) influencing his early interest in the music world.

Tim won the 2013 British Jazz Award in the rising star category after
releasing and touring his debut album ‘New Kid’.

His latest album ‘The Feel Good Place’ is released on Jellymould Jazz Recordings featuring James Gardiner-Bateman on sax, Grant Windsor on piano and Chris Draper on drums and they will be touring
this music.

He is a regular host of the Late Show at Ronnie Scott’s with his Quartet and a regular member of the Ronnie Scott’s Allstars lead by James Pearson. Tim also performs and records with many different
groups including the Steve Fishwick Quintet, Gilad Atzmon Quartet, James Torme Quintet, Sian Evans Group, and the Julian Bliss Septet.

Tim has previously worked with Stan Sulzmann, Logan Richardson,Eric Alexander, Jason Rebello, Will Vinson, Jim Mullen, Soweto Kinch, Guy Barker, Sir Willard White, Omar, Sian Evans (Kosheen),
James Torme, Nigel Hitchcock, Alex Garnett, Gilad Atzmon, Clare Teal, Pee Wee Ellis, Anita Wardell, Stan Tracey, Liam Noble, Jim Hart and Kit Downes to name a few.

Tonight’s gig features the wonderful Jason Rebello on piano.For more information please visit www.timthorntonbass.com

For the full gig list, please visit Jazz at Future Inn.