The Be-Bop Club

The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol. BS8 4SF

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What’s On

Doors open 8.30pm for 9pm start.

Fri 8th Feb

John Donegan Quintet


Originally from Cork in Ireland, John Donegan lived in Bristol in the 90s and was one of the most highly regarded pianists in the area with his hard-swinging style influenced by players such as Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans. Now based in London John plays regularly at St Martin In The Fields alongside players such as trumpeter Steve Fishwick and saxophonist Tommaso Starace. Performing a mixture of original compositions and standards tonight’s band is John Donegan - piano, Andy Hague - trumpet, Ben Waghorn - tenor sax, Greg Cordez - bass and Toby Perrett - drums.

Fri 15th Feb

The Hopkins-Hammond Trio


Matt Hopkins is a first-rate guitarist with a pleasingly original sound and approach to soloing. He has performed in groups as stylistically diverse as Andy Sheppard’s Hotel Bristol and Emily Wright & The Royals, and also takes the lead role in the “Music of Pat Metheny” project alongside pianist Dave Newton. In this new venture he is joined by Ruth Hammond on Hammond organ and Scott Hammond on drums. Multi-instrumentalist Ruth is often heard round town playing tenor sax with Brass Junkies, whilst husband Scott has for the past few years been touring internationally with Jethro Tull and performs less frequently in Bristol due to his hectic schedule. Expect tunes from the likes of John Scofield and Larry Goldings.

Fri 22nd Feb

Dino Christodoulou Quartet


Tenor saxophonist Dino Christodoulou is often to be seen performing in Bristol as leader of jazz psych rock outfit Milon, and also plays with Bristol Afrobeat quintet Hélélé. It’s fair to say that John Coltrane has been a major influence on Dino’s playing, and tonight he brings together a quartet to perform compositions from the Giant Steps and Blue Train albums, plus some tunes by Wayne Shorter and Jackie McLean. Whilst based in Bristol, pianist Anders Olinder has spent a lot of his time recently touring with Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes and playing in London with the likes of Tony Kofi, Byron Wallen and Tony Remy. The group is completed by Bristol’s favourite Italian rhythm section, Pasqualé Votino on double bass and Paolo Adamo on drums.

Fri 1st March

Dick Hamer Quintet


Saxophonist Dick Hamer has been a central figure in the South Wales jazz scene for thirty years. His style draws on inspiration from the great tenor players, Dexter Gordon, Coltrane, Joe Henderson, with an ear on contemporary players such as Bob Mintzer and many others. His playing experience ranges from jazz, alongside Stan Tracey, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Tal Farlow, John Etheridge, Bobby Shew, Lew Tabackin, to countless theatre orchestras, BBC Wales Big Band and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Dick is joined in the front-line by trumpeter Andy Hague. On piano we have Alex Veitch, who moved to Bristol a few months ago and is appearing at the club for the first time. Alex completed his Masters at London’s Guildhall a few years ago and has played regularly at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s and The Vortex. Stalwarts of the Bristol scene Riaan Vosloo - bass and Billy Weir - drums complete the line-up.

Fri 8th March

Kevin Figes Quartet


Kevin Figes mainly plays alto sax but sometimes also includes flute and baritone sax in his armoury. A mainstay of the Bristol scene for many years now, Kevin is one of the city's most prolific composers and has arranged music for various sized ensembles as well as running his own label, Pig Records. He has a new quartet CD in the pipeline and will be performing some of the new material tonight, influenced by artists such as Soft Machine and David Binney. Joining Kevin are long-term associates Jim Blomfield - piano and Riaan Vosloo - double bass with special guest drummer Dave Smith. Dave is currently drummer for Robert Plant, and has also played for London's Loop Collective and the Cloudmakers with Jim Hart.

Fri 15th March

The York 4tet


The York 4tet is a modern jazz outfit combining the interactive and improvisational elements of a jazz combo with stylistic cues from rock and folk music. The band will present a mixture of original music composed by guitarist Robert York whilst also featuring compositions from other members of the band as well as selected works from the American songbook and more modern artists. Rob is a graduate of Leeds College Of Music who then went on to study for a masters in Germany, and has now been based in Berlin for several years. For this return visit to the UK he has assembled a great line-up including some of Bristol's most forward thinking players. Robert York - guitar, Nicholas Dover - tenor sax, Will Harris - double bass and Billy Weir - drums.