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The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol. BS8 4SF

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Doors open 8.30pm for 9pm start.

Fri 5th Oct

Gary Alesbrook - Jazz In Movies


Judging by his resume, trumpeter and flugelhorn player Gary Alesbrook likes to mix things up. He’s played on live shows and studio sessions for Kasabian, Noel Gallagher, Scissor Sisters, Rag N Bone Man, Raphael Saadiq, Kelis and Tom Jones, as well as movie, TV and computer game soundtracks. Each has proved the perfect setting for his warm and lyrical sound and although Alesbrook has shown his dexterity as a player able to cross multiple genres, it is jazz that drives his debut album.

‘Jazz in Movies’ is Alesbrook's first solo album and sees him transition from the unassuming sideman to the confident frontman. His early years as a jazz artist were influenced by players such as Chet Baker, Clark Terry and Clifford Brown and it’s the intuitive use of swing that is very evident in his first work. His use of melody and beautifully crafted phrasing hark back to an era who’s footprint has been left most notably in the world of movies. Gary is joined by the superb rhythm section of George Cooper - piano, Will Harris - bass & Scott Hammond - drums

Coming Up:


Fri 2nd Nov - Nigel Price Organ Trio

Fri 9th Nov - Vitor Pereira Quintet

Fri 16th Nov - Sam Leak Trio

Fri 12th Oct

Greg Sterland Quartet


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 Toby Boalch, a fairly recent and very welcome addition to the Bristol jazz community. Toby is a Birmingham Conservatoire graduate who still works a lot in the Midlands, and has recently formed a group with acclaimed vocalist Brigitte Beraha which we hope to present next year. Greg’s long time collaborators Aeddan Williams - double bass and Paolo Adamo - drums complete the group. They will be playing mainly Greg’s originals with influences from jazz, pop, Indian and African music.

Fri 19th Oct

Dave Jones Quartet


Following several sell-out Festival gigs during the summer, pianist/composer Dave Jones returns to the Bebop Club with his quartet, this time to perform newly composed material, together with a selection of tracks from the critically acclaimed album ‘KeyNotes’. The ‘KeyNotes’ album attracted excellent reviews from London Jazz News, Jazz Journal, and Jazzwise, and was also featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Jazz Now’, Jazz FM, BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Jazz Club’, and BBC Radio Wales. Jones also composes music for TV and Film, which has been placed in USA and UK programmes, and is a writer for both Jazz Journal and Pianist magazine. The line-up tonight features Ben Waghorn - saxes and flute, Ashley John Long - bass, and Andy Hague - drums. “Jones has assembled a formidable quartet” (London Jazz News) “The theme writing is, as you might expect from a successful film and TV composer, memorable…" (Jazzwise)
“…one of our most able and listenable pianist/composers…” (Jazz Journal)

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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