The Be-Bop Club

The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol. BS8 4SF

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Doors open 8.30pm for 9pm start.

Fri 26th Oct

Adam Glasser Quartet


South African jazz harmonica player and pianist Adam Glasser has released two critically acclaimed albums - 'Free at First' (2010 SAMA Best Modern Jazz Album)and 'Mzansi' (nominated 2012 SAMA Best Jazz Album) and performed with a wide range of leading UK jazz musicians including Jason Yarde and Gareth Lockrane and international artists including Hugh Masekela, Sting, Joe Zawinul and Incognito. Adam is one of the few exponents of jazz harmonica and South African township jazz piano. This gig will present a mix of South African jazz standards and unusual contemporary compositions drawn from his featured quartet and sextet gigs earlier this summer at the Brecon Jazz Festival. Adam is joined by some of Bristol's finest players for this unique collaboration. Adam Glasser - harmonica/piano, Steve Banks - guitar, Riaan Vosloo - bass and Mark Whitlam - drums.

Free at First: "A challenge to equal for sheer scope of virtuosity, musicality and surprise" Raul dGama US Jazz Critic

"Uncanny virtuosity on the chromatic harmonica.. master of his own sound and identity" @CriticalJazz - US Jazz Blog

Fri 2nd Nov

Nigel Price Organ Trio


Guitarist Nigel Price is recognised as one of the hardest working musicians in the UK, who besides maintaining a relentless gigging and touring schedule managed to resurrect and present Swanage Jazz Festival earlier this year. A regular in the house band at Ronnie Scott’s, Nigel has won a Parliamentary Jazz Award (Best Jazz Ensemble, 2010) and a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2016). He released his fifth organ trio album Heads & Tales Volume 2 in late 2016 to great critical acclaim. For tonight Nigel is joined by Anders Olinder on organ, who although Bristol based spends a lot of time working out of the city, including touring with Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes and performing with some of London’s biggest jazz names including Tony Remy, Tony Kofi, Byron Wallen & Mark Mondesir. On drums is one of Bristol’s busiest musicians Andy Tween, who has toured with Seth Lakeman and Pee Wee Ellis and has composed pieces for Trinity College drum kit grade exams.

Fri 9th Nov

Vitor Pereira Quintet


We’re delighted to welcome back Portuguese guitarist Vitor Pereira as part of a tour to promote his new album Somewhere In The Middle. Vitor has studied with guitar luminaries including Pat Metheny, Jonathan Kreisberg and Gilad Hekselman, and his band is gaining a reputation as one of the best live contemporary jazz groups in London, stunning audiences with their unique and energetic sound marked by interweaving saxophone lines overlaid with full and bold melodic statements. From catchy headbanging guitar riffs to more quiet and mesmerising atmospheres they cover a full spectrum of textures unveiling a vast background of musical influences, leading the listener on a thrilling and varied journey. "intriguing and innovative" - All About Jazz. “brims with vigour, imagination and staying power” - London Jazz. Chris Williams - alto sax, Alam Nathoo - tenor sax, Vitor Pereira - guitar, Mick Coady - bass, Adam Teixeira - drums



Fri 16th Nov

Sam Leak Trio


Pianist Sam Leak first performed at the club some years back whilst still at the Royal Academy, since when he has firmly established himself as one of the leading players of his generation. The Sam Leak Trio perform contemporary jazz with a gospel-tinged, and folk-inspired, freedom and abandon. Conjuring up the joy and emotion typified by Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett's 1960s trios, the ensemble maintains a sense of the tradition whilst performing music that is very much rooted in the present. Featuring Simon Read on double bass, and Will Glaser on drums, the band perform a mixture of Leak's compositions and some lesser played compositions from their favourite musicians. In 2016/17 the trio toured the UK, playing in Birmingham, Fishguard, Southampton, Leeds and elsewhere. A high point of this tour was a performance at Ronnie Scott’s prestigious International Piano Trio Festival. The trio are currently showcasing Leak's composition 'Adrift,' recorded for Jellymould Jazz in duet with Dan Tepfer - described by Marcus O'Dair as 'astonishing.' "Sam Leak is one of the brightest young stars in the jazz piano galaxy, a heavenly improviser and a brilliant prospect for the future" - Helen Mayhew, JazzFM



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.