The Be-Bop Club

The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol. BS8 4SF

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Doors open 8.30pm for 9pm start.

Fri 18th Jan

Michel Padron and Los Abbures


Cuban trumpeter and trombonist Michel Padron has been based near Bristol for several years, but spends much of his time touring internationally. He is probably best known for his work with Cuban band Asere, the profile of which was raised considerably by their collaboration with legendary fusion drummer Billy Cobham. In autumn 2016 Asere undertook an extensive 66 date tour of the USA as a twelve piece line-up under the name Asere - The Havana Cuba All-Stars. Locally you may have heard Michel play with Latin groups K’Chevere, Baila La Cumbia or the recently formed Dockside Latin Orchestra. Los Abbures’ first performance at the club in Oct 17 was a really good night, full of great latin grooves with some sparkling solos. Michel Padron - trumpet/trombone, Jim Blomfield - piano, Pasquale Votino - bass, Justin Fellows - drums and Jason Gaines - congas playing a mixture of originals and Latin jazz classics. See

Fri 11th Jan

Steve Mathers Quartet


Integrating modern jazz into the commercial world, Steve brings a unique and diverse approach to music. As a professional saxophonist he has toured across Europe and the UK with various bands, solo artists and as a soloist. His new quartet includes highly rated guitarist Martin Kolarides who is currently living near Frome. Martin has played on two Top 20 albums and performs internationally with English close harmony vocal trio The Puppini Sisters. He has also recently completed a European tour with US singer and Snarky Puppy guest vocalist Shayna Steele. The band is completed by John-Paul Gard on Hammond organ [with pedals], and Billy Weir on drums [from John Law’s Recreations band]. Performing “The Best of Blue Note Years” inspired by the sounds of Jimmy Smith and Stanley Turrentine, the band focus on big grooves with big sounds and big personalities. The is an evening you won’t want to miss. Steve Mathers - tenor sax, Martin Kolarides - guitar, John-Paul Gard - Hammond organ, Billy Weir - drums.

Fri 25th Jan

Wandering Monster


Wandering Monster is a Leeds based group run by bassist Sam Quintana and features some of the best players from the busy Leeds scene. They perform intricately arranged instrumental rock music which draws upon jazz sensibilities and sound worlds. The group reach beyond what may be expected from the tried and tested line-up of the tenor saxophone/guitar quintet. Retaining the harmonic sophistication and improvisational approach of jazz, these influences are juxtaposed with the rhythmic complexity of modern rock and metal. The result is a sound that is intense and raucous, yet also dynamic, sensitive and spontaneous. The group will release their eponymous debut album on the Ubuntu Music label on 25/01/19. The release will be accompanied by a UK tour which will see them perform at the Be-Bop club for the first time. 'Thoughtful music; melodic, flowing and measured, with enough twists and turns to keep everyone engaged-' Mike Walker. Sam Quintana - double bass and composition, Ben Powling – tenor saxophone, Calvin Travers - guitar, Aleks Podraza - piano/keys and Tom Higham - drums.


Fri 1st Feb

Simon Spillett Quartet


Simon Spillett is a virtuosic hard-bop tenor sax player who has won the BBC Jazz Awards Rising Star (2007), Jazz Journal's Critics' Choice album of the Year (2009), the British Jazz Awards Top Tenor Saxophonist (2011), and the Services to British Jazz award (2016). Besides being a blistering player he is also a reviewer and biographer, and is an authority on the life and work of Tubby Hayes, one of the UK's most important jazz figures. Besides having written the biography Tubby Hayes - The Long Shadow Of The Little Giant and appearing in the film documentary Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry, Simon keeps the Hayes legacy alive by performing much of Tubby's repertoire. He is joined by Jim Blomfield - piano, Riaan Vosloo - bass and Andy Hague - drums, who will be bracing themselves for some challenging tempos.

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.