The Be-Bop Club

The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol. BS8 4SF

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Doors open 8.30pm for 9pm start.

Fri 14th Sept

Crofton, Hopkins, Brown & Moore


Craig Crofton is an Anglo American saxophonist and woodwind master who has lived in the UK for over 22 years and built up a great reputation for the power and ‘visceral excitement’ of his playing. A protégé of Marcus Printup (Lincoln Center Orchestra), he has come to develop a unique sound of his own that stands out in his many musical projects. Craig has featured on albums with international artists including Kasabian, Lack of Afro, Talisman and Nitin Sawhney, and has recently been touring with the Haggis Horns. This new line-up celebrates all things groovy in jazz with an all-star crew - Craig Crofton - sax, Dan Moore - organ, Matt Hopkins - guitar and Matt Brown - drums.

Fri 7th Sept

Nick Dover Quartet


To start our autumn season we welcome back tenor saxophonist Nick Dover. A graduate of the Royal Academy, Nick has tutored for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and is now firmly established as one of Bristol's finest players having appeared in the Three Tenors band alongside Andy Sheppard and Ben Waghorn. Tonight's music will be mainly standards, but inspired by the recordings of Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell. On guitar is Steve Banks, a Leeds graduate who has also studied with Wayne Krantz in New York, and is currently teaching guitar at BIMM music college in Bristol. Bassist Will Harris recently toured the UK with US sax supremo Chris Potter and is getting booked by some of London's top players. Andy Hague completes the group on drums.

Fri 28th Sept

Double Standards with John Law


Double Standards is trumpeter Andy Hague's quartet project in which he plays standards and tunes by great composers such as Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock as opposed to the mainly original repertoire of his quintet. For this performance the band features special guest John Law on piano - “one of the UK’s most imaginative and versatile jazz pianists.” - International Piano 2014. On bass is Chris Jones who plays with We Are Leif and Andy's quintet, and on drums Billy Weir, who plays in John Law's Congregation project. Andy Hague - trumpet/flugel, John Law- piano, Chris Jones - bass and Billy Weir - drums

Fri 21st Sept

Julian Costello Quartet


Open sound-check from 8pm to 8.30pm - a chance to meet the band and ask questions about how professional players rehearse and prepare for a gig


Versatile and engaging London based saxophonist Julian Costello is touring again this autumn with his stellar quartet comprising Maciek Pysz - guitars, the amazingly virtuosic Yuri Goloubev - bass and Adam Teixeira - drums, taking in a string of dates in France and the UK. Keen to deepen engagement with the audiences, this time the tour takes the form of an Open Soundcheck before each gig. He aims to demystify what goes on behind the scenes and encourage dialogue between audience and artists which will feed into a more intimate concert atmosphere later on. Arts Council England liked the idea and awarded him a National Lottery Project Grant to support the tour.

Fri 5th Oct

Gary Alesbrook - Jazz In Movies


Judging by his resume, trumpeter and flugelhorn player Gary Alesbrook likes to mix things up. He’s played on live shows and studio sessions for Kasabian, Noel Gallagher, Scissor Sisters, Rag N Bone Man, Raphael Saadiq, Kelis and Tom Jones, as well as movie, TV and computer game soundtracks. Each has proved the perfect setting for his warm and lyrical sound and although Alesbrook has shown his dexterity as a player able to cross multiple genres, it is jazz that drives his debut album.

‘Jazz in Movies’ is Alesbrook's first solo album and sees him transition from the unassuming sideman to the confident frontman. His early years as a jazz artist were influenced by players such as Chet Baker, Clark Terry and Clifford Brown and it’s the intuitive use of swing that is very evident in his first work. His use of melody and beautifully crafted phrasing hark back to an era who’s footprint has been left most notably in the world of movies. Gary is joined by the superb rhythm section of George Cooper - piano, Will Harris - drums & Scott Hammond - drums

Coming Up:


Fri 12th Oct - Greg Sterland Quartet

Fri 19th Oct - Dave Jones Quartet with Ben Waghorn

Fri 26th Oct - Adam Glasser tbc

Fri 2nd Nov - Nigel Price Organ Trio

Fri 9th Nov - Vitor Pereira Quintet

Fri 16th Nov - Sam Leak Trio