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 13th Oct

Sam Massey Ensemble


Sam Massey is a talented trumpeter and teacher based down in Devon. Some may have heard him playing at the Hen & Chicken in Mike Westbrook’s A Bigger Show a while back. “trumpeter Sam Massey fuses lyricism, abstraction and Miles Davis-like pungency on the gripping Juxtapositions.” John Fordham, The Guardian live review, February 2016. Sam has formed this new septet from some of the best players in the SW to play his arrangements of tunes by composers such as Steve Waterman, Kenny Wheeler and Laurence Cottle, plus originals from the band members. Trumpet/flugelhorn – Sam Massey & Robin Pengilley, saxes, alto flute & EWI – Jade Gall, trombone – Sam Smith, piano – Lewis Riley, bass – Jim Rintoul and drums – Coach York. Great to see Lewis Riley playing in Bristol, who many will know from his many years directing the Dartington International Jazz Summer School. Sam’s website here.

Fri 20th Oct



Satori is a brand new trio from Perrier award winning saxophonist Josephine Davies, featuring drummer Paul Clarvis and bassist Dave Whitford. The chord-less line-up features open and playful compositions with plenty of space for improvisation. Influenced by the great live trio recordings of Joe Henderson and Julian Arguelles, Satori were inspired to create a similar feeling of freedom and exploration whilst also bringing a fresh and unique sound through original compositions. Their debut album was released earlier this year on Whirlwind Recordings to rave reviews:  “consistently inventive” (Jazzwise)…  “spiritual, spiralling…slow-burning exuberance” (UK Vibe)… “A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist, Davies undoubtedly possesses the art of the improviser and has produced an album of exuberant lyricism and consistently engaging tunes” (All About Jazz). They all have amazing CVs so have a look at their websites for more info.

Josephine Davies   Dave Whitford   Paul Clarvis

Fri 27th Oct

Michel Padron and Los Abbures


Cuban trumpeter 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. For his first visit to the club Michel presents his new project with Jim Blomfield - piano, Pasquale Votino - bass, Justin Fellows - drums and Jon Clark - congas playing a mixture of originals and Latin jazz classics. See

Fri 3rd Nov

Joe Northwood’s Tuk Tuk


Tenor saxophonist Joe Northwood returns to the club with his trio, after recently recording their first album, Taking Flight. The trio perform tunes with memorable melodic lines and highly percussive group improvisation. With the absence of a chordal instrument they have flourished creatively, creating a strong collective sound, rich in textures and subtle soundscapes. The writing has an undeniably contemporary feel yet with a firm foot in the past, citing a range of influences from legends like John Coltrane and Joe Henderson, to the modern greats of Mark Guiliana, Avashai Cohen and Ben Wendel. Based in Cardiff, Joe is taking advantage of the short distance between the two cities and becoming a more regular face amongst the Bristol jazz scene. Performing tunes from the upcoming album, Joe is joined by local drummer Paolo Adamo and bassist Aeddan Williams. See

Fri 10th Nov

Dave Jones Quartet


Pianist Dave Jones was based in London for many years, but is now living in Cardiff. His diverse career has included studio work preparing old analogue recordings for reissue on CD, teaching Music Technology and jazz at degree level and writing articles and reviews for Jazz Journal magazine. He is also a film & tv composer and has had his tracks used in the omnipresent US comedy hit The Big Bang Theory. As a jazz pianist Dave has backed many national names and has released a series of well received albums as band-leader over the past two decades. The latest Key Notes features Ben Waghorn on sax and was described as “a gem” in London Jazz News. "The theme writing is, as you might expect from a successful film and TV composer, memorable…" Jazzwise. Dave Jones - piano, Ben Waghorn - tenor sax, Ashley John Long - bass and Andy Hague - drums. See

Fri 17th Nov

Josh Kemp Quartet


A regular performer at Ronnie Scotts, other jazz clubs and festivals around the UK, saxophonist Josh Kemp has released 5 CDs of original compositions to widespread acclaim, and completed several Art-Council funded national tours. His latest ensemble blends the mainstream and 'Blue Note' tradition with a fresh melodic contemporary sound. Joining Josh in the front-line is the incredible trumpeter Steve Fishwick, without a doubt one of the finest jazz players the UK has ever produced. Steve has recently been appointed as Principal Jazz Trumpet Tutor at Leeds College of Music. The combination of trumpet, sax and Hammond organ on Josh’s most recent CD Rare Groove conjures up the spirit of Larry Young’s classic Blue Note album Unity. ‘A group of British musicians capable of holding their own with the best’  - Jazz Journal, ‘Outstanding’ Jazzwise. Josh Kemp - saxes, Steve Fishwick - trumpet, Liam Dunachie - Hammond organ and Tristan Maillot - drums. The band continue on down to Teignmouth Jazz Festival on Sat 18th. See and

Fri 24th Nov

Greg Cordez Quintet


UK-born, New Zealand raised, Greg Cordez has lived and worked in London, Madrid, and New York City. A busy bassist, composer and educator he’s now settled in the vibrant Bristol music scene where he teaches at BIMM music college. In 2015 Greg released his acclaimed debut CD Paper Crane, but one consequence of his frequent trips to the USA is that he decided to record his second follow up release Last Things Last in New York with some of his favourite New York players. This quite daring move has paid off magnificently, with the musicians clearly feeling an affinity both for each other and Greg’s compositions. Last Things Last is a beautiful recording which bears repeated listening. To play tunes from the album tonight Greg has opted for a twin sax frontline of Jake McMurchie and Sam Crockatt - it should be great to hear these two together. They are joined by Steve Banks - guitar, Mark Whitlam - drums, and of course the man himself on bass.

Fri 1st Dec

Fabio Lepore’s Pausa Caffè


Italian vocalist Fabio Lepore last performed at the club in Jan 2016 and was something of a revelation, with a tremendous range and the ability to  deliver fast be-bop lines with great clarity alongside a superb tone on the more relaxed material. Fabio is one of Italy’s top jazz vocalists, and has toured in over forty countries worldwide. He’s travelling over for this UK visit with Eastman Guitars artist Dino Plasmati, and they are joined by  two Italian ex-pats living over here, alto saxophonist Carlo Fraccalvieri, a very fine player based over in Cardiff who has also organised the tour, and Pasquale Votino on bass, with Eddie Jones West completing the band on drums. The project covers 80 years of rich and diverse Italian music revisiting some of the songs that have defined the Italian scene.