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 15th Dec

Zhenya Strigalev’s Never Group

£8.00

Alto saxophonist and composer Zhenya Strigalev is one of the rising stars of the European jazz scene and he is fast building a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic for his exhilarating take on contemporary jazz. His CDs feature him alongside such US heavyweights as Ambrose Akinmusire, Larry Grenadier and Eric Harland. Strigalev’s live shows are as exciting as they are uniquely eccentric, and after headlining around Europe with sold out shows at Porgy & Bess in Vienna and Ronnie Scott’s in London he brings his powerhouse trio featuring the extraordinary US bassist Michael Janisch (Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenon, Gary Husband and boss of Whirlwind Records) and first-call Spanish drummer Marc Ayza (Jason Linder, Greg Osby) to blend the lines between jazz, funk, rock, electronica and improv in a genre mish-mash of high calibre interplay and raw emotion.

See http://www.zhenyastrigalev.com/

Fri 22nd Dec

The All Stars with Kev & Jonny

£8.00

For our Christmas Special this year we have put together a group of Bristol’s finest players to perform some Blue Note style jazz classics and favourite standards. Fronting the band we have saxophonist and flautist Kevin Figes, a mainstay of the Bristol scene as player, composer and Pig Records production mogul, alongside the outstanding trumpeter Jonny Bruce, well known for his Tribute To The Trumpet Kings project and as co-leader of the Bruce Ilett Big Band. They are teamed with one of the finest rhythm sections money can buy. Kevin Figes - alto sax, Jonny Bruce - trumpet, Jim Blomfield - piano, Riaan Vosloo - bass and Andy Tween - drums plus the possibility of a few guests dropping by.

Fri 5th Jan

George Cooper Quintet

£9.00

George Cooper is well known to Bristol audiences as a superb pianist and composer. Over the past few months he has been busy touring with Leeds based funksters The Haggis Horns, but for tonight returns to an acoustic format for a set of music by or inspired by The Jazz Messengers. The hard hitting line-up is Jonny Bruce - trumpet, Jake McMurchie - tenor sax, George Cooper - piano, Will Harris - bass and special guest drummer Joost Hendrickx who is travelling down from Leeds for the gig. Joost is one of the best drummers in the busy Leeds scene and works with players such as pianist Matthew Bourne and saxophonist James Mainwaring [Roller Trio].

Fri 12th Jan

Greg Sterland Quartet

£8.00

Greg Sterland is a Bristol based tenor saxophonist who graduated from the Royal Welsh College a few years back. A fluent and adventurous improviser, for this concert Greg has teamed up with pianist and film composer Daan Temmink, Al Swainger - bass and Andy Hague on drums to play  a mixture of originals by Greg and Daan, some re-worked standards and compositions by some of the current jazz scene’s notable players.

Fri 19th Jan

Ros Cuthbert Band

£9.00

Highly regarded singer Ros Cuthbert has been gigging in and around Bristol and elsewhere, including London, for 17 years. She runs a pop-up Jazz Restaurant near Bristol, to which she has welcomed some internationally known players including Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard and Iain Ballamy. She has recently been co-writing material with pianist Daan Temmink and bassist Ashley John Long. Her originals CD ‘Ghost Child’ was launched in 2013, and a new album is in the pipeline. An original, quirky visual imagination and thoughtful take on life is at play in her beautifully crafted songs. Tonight she is joined by a top line-up to perform some distinctive new material along with some well chosen jazz standards. Ros Cuthbert - vocals, Jerry Crozier-Cole - guitar, Daan Temmink - piano, Ashley John Long - double bass and Andy Tween - drums.

Fri 26th Jan

Ray D’Inverno CD Launch

£9.00

Pianist Ray D’Inverno is based near Dorchester, but for many years ran Southampton Jazz Club alongside his career as a Professor of Mathematics and General Relativity at Southampton University. Ray has performed alongside many of the UK’s greatest players, and has been leading his current band Quintessential Groove for around seven years. Tonight sees the release of the group’s new CD All In The Same Boat, which features eleven of Ray’s melodic but rhythmically varied compositions. The band consists of highly rated Canadian saxophonist Terry Quinney [Sound of BlueNote], Andy Hague - trumpet, Ray DInverno - piano, Ben Taylor - bass and Toby Perrett - drums [subbing for Andy Chapman who plays on the CD].

Fri 2nd Feb

Radio Banska

£9.00

A Bath-based instrumental quintet delivering a jazz infused blend of Levantine mystery, Balkan passion and Latin rhythms expressed in exciting original compositions with a world music flavour. Radio Banska was founded in 2010 by Bath violinist Nina Trott and guitarist Dave Spencer, and has worked tirelessly across the southwest ever since. Following Nina’s sad passing in early 2017, the band has been rebooted with dynamic Bristol session man Craig Crofton out front on saxophone, the addition of world-music guitarist Phil Dawson, and Jon Clark on drums. “.. sounds from around the world - and also an adept contemporary jazz combo with unique material and a command of rhythms that go further than the average 'ethnic' outfit. Fine and distinctive players, too.” Craig Crofton - sax, Dave Spencer - guitar, Phil Dawson - guitar, Sol Ahmed - bass and Jon Clark - drums.