The Be-Bop Club

The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol. BS8 4SF

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Doors open 8.30pm for 9pm start.

Fri 23rd Nov

Bristol European Jazz Ensemble


BEJE is the brainchild of Dave Mowat, a trumpeter blessed with a big warm sound and an adventurous approach to improvisation. There are many musicians from all over Europe living in Bristol, and the band taps in to the wealth of talent and experience they have between them. Dave is himself part Swiss, and has travelled extensively in the Middle East, an influence which can be heard in some of his compositions. On sax is Len Aruliah who grew up in Canada, but if Australia can compete in Eurovision we’re not going to quibble. Len played a great quintet gig at the club under his own name back in March. New arrival on the scene is Spanish pianist Ana Gomez who completed her piano studies in Granada and has performed at many major Spanish festivals. She cites her influences as McCoy Tyner & Bill Evans. The group is completed by Al Swainger - bass, who once went on holiday to France, and a rare appearance at the club from genius maverick drummer Tony Orrell. The band will be playing extracts from their euRIP Suite, which went down a storm at the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival back in March.



Fri 30th Nov

Andy Hague & Sam Crockatt Quintet


First gig together as a quintet for trumpeter Andy Hague and tenor saxophonist Sam Crockatt. Having graduated from the Royal Academy, Sam soon established himself in London’s jazz scene as a member of the Loop Collective. His debut album Howeird won the Parliamentary Jazz Awards Best Album back in 2009. His most recent CD Mells Bells refers to his home town of Mells in Somerset, and features Kit Downes, Oli Hayhurst and James Maddren. “Haunting lyricism” - John Fordham, The Guardian. Andy should have his new CD Coming Of Age available at the gig, featuring his regular quintet, and the band will play some tunes from this as well as some jazz classics. Andy Hague - trumpet, Sam Crockatt - tenor sax, Jim Blomfield - piano, Greg Cordez - bass and Toby Perrett - drums. The programme will also include a couple of tunes by trumpet great Roy Hargrove, who passed away on 2nd Nov.

Fri 7th Dec



With influences as diverse as John Zorn, Medeski Martin and Wood, and Tin Hat, Sefrial is the brain-child of rising star Sophie Stockham. With a saxophone-heavy front line featuring the energy and lyricism of Sophie's alto, complemented by the unmistakeable sound and brilliance of Get The Blessing’s Jake McMurchie on tenor, groove and invention is provided by the chief composer Matt Brown on drums, under-pinned by the warm sound of Greg Cordez on bass, who released his second album Last Things Last recorded in New York at the start of this year. The band is completed by the distinctive Joe Wilkins on guitar, who blends the blues and energy of Jimi Hendrix with the subtlety of Bill Frisell or Marc Ribot. Expect memorable original compositions that owe as much to alt-rock and Americana as jazz.

Fri 14th Dec

Quinney Plays Getz


Canadian tenor saxophonist Terry Quinney has played at the club quite a few times with Sound of Blue Note and Ray D’Inverno’s quintet. This new project finds Terry playing tunes associated with sax great Stan Getz. Whilst probably best known for the bossa nova album Getz/Gilberto, Stan Getz had a long and varied career. Starting out with the big bands of Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, he could play fast be-bop tunes effortlessly, with a light and airy sound that became associated with the West Coast alongside other players such as Art Pepper and Chet Baker. In the late 60s and early 70s he made some much more contemporary sounding albums such as Sweet Rain and Captain Marvel alongside pianist Chick Corea, and players such as Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke and Tony Williams. For this tribute Terry is joined by first-rate pianist Phil Doyle, who is also a member of Sound of Blue Note and plays for the Joe Loss Orchestra. Bristol stalwarts Will Harris – bass and Andy Hague – drums complete the line-up.

Fri 21st Dec

30th Anniversary - Miles Behind


Although slightly lost in the mists of time we’re fairly sure that the Be-Bop Club started in the autumn of 1988, so we have hit thirty years. It’s also a double anniversary in that our indefatigable door-man Robin Denford has now been collecting the money and making sarcastic remarks to the bands for twenty years. To mark this Robin has asked that we pay tribute to the later career of Miles Davis, in particular Bitches Brew, but possibly including tunes from other albums such as In A Silent Way, We Want Miles and Star People. To undertake this daunting task we have Andy Hague - trumpet, Greg Sterland - sax, Matt Hopkins - guitar, Jim Blomfield - keyboards, Riaan Vosloo - electric and double basses, and Scott Hammond  - drums.

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.

Coming Up:


Fri 18th Jan - Michel Padron & Los Abbures

Fri 24th Jan - Sam Quintana’s Wandering Monster

Fri 1st Feb - Simon Spillett

Fri 8th Feb - John Donegan Quintet