The Be-Bop Club

The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol. BS8 4SF

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Doors open 8.30pm for 9pm start.

Archive - previous programmes

Fri 21st April

Jon Shenoy’s Draw By Four


With a line-up steeped in tradition, Draw By Four take the classic 60s organ quartet into brand new territory where the compositions from saxophonist leader Jon Shenoy (Ivo Neame Large Ensemble) mix contrapuntal bass lines and rhythmic hooks with thoughtful lyricism. Mixing stark ethereal voices with gritty Hammond boogaloo, organist Will Bartlett [Jim Mullen, Salena Jones] draws on a wide palette of sounds that build the foundation for an infectious mix of groove-based original compositions, enchanting ballads and unique arrangements of avant-pop songs. Guitarist Sam Dunn is based in Leeds, and recent work has seen him tour Australia with Grammy Nominated jazz pianist and vocalist Judy Carmichael, and perform at Ronnie Scott's, Wimbledon Music Festival and the Legnano Jazz Festival in Milan, Italy. Drummer Chris Draper has recently toured with Clare Teal and Kyle Eastwood, and has also performed with Jason Rebello and Soweto Kinch. The band appear at the club as part of a 20 date Arts Council funded national tour to promote their forthcoming CD Framework. Jon Shenoy - sax, Sam Dunn - guitar, Will Bartlett - Hammond organ and Chris Draper - drums. See

Fri 28th April

Andy Hague Quintet


Trumpeter Andy Hague leads his group through a selection of recent compositions and rearranged standards. Andy Hague - trumpet, Ben Waghorn - tenor sax, George Cooper - piano [standing in for Jim Blomfield], Chris Jones - bass and Mark Whitlam - drums. “It is the sheer quality and power of the solos that really draw the ear to this wholly enjoyable set.” – Chris Parker, LondonJazz.blogspot

The Be-Bop Club takes a break for the summer, but will be back from 8th Sept.

Fri 5th May

Blomfield/Figes Quartet


Pianist Jim Blomfield and Kevin Figes [saxes, flute] co-lead tonight’s gig with a view to exploring the standards and Blue Note repertoire, possibly with a couple of originals thrown in. Jim has recently been busy recording his second trio album at Real World Studios. They are joined by Riaan Vosloo - bass and Andy Hague - drums.

Fri 12th May

Damon Brown Quartet


Since the release of his 1998 debut album A Rhythm Indicative, Damon Brown has become one of the UK and Europe's leading Jazz trumpet players and composers. Born in Manchester, he studied the trumpet at Leeds School of Music and at Guildhall School of Music in London. Throughout his career Damon has played and recorded with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Bjork, Paul Weller and The Specials to name a few. Damon has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East and has recently returned to the UK after a spell playing and teaching in South Korea. "Britain's finest straight-ahead trumpeter" - The Evening Standard. “He has a bright and gleaming tone, a superbly poised attack and a fine rhythmic sense.” - The Guardian. He is joined by Andy Nowak - piano, Riaan Vosloo - bass and Andy Hague - drums.

Fri 19th May

Matt Hopkins Hammond Trio


Matt Hopkins is a first-rate guitarist with a pleasingly original sound and approach to soloing. He has performed in groups as stylistically diverse as Andy Sheppard’s Hotel Bristol and Emily Wright & The Royals, and was recently part of a Pat Metheny tribute gig up at Bristol Fringe alongside pianist Dave Newton. In this new project he is joined by Ruth Hammond on Hammond organ and Scott Hammond on drums. Multi-instrumentalist Ruth is often heard round town playing tenor sax with Brass Junkies, whilst husband Scott has for the past few years been touring internationally with Jethro Tull and performs less frequently in Bristol due to his hectic schedule.

Fri 26th May

Ros Cuthbert Band


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, Ben Waghorn - saxophone, Daan Temmink - piano, Ashley John Long - double bass and Paulo Adamo - drums

Fri 2nd June



Pianist Horace Silver was one of the true jazz greats, and composed a huge number of memorable tunes across a performing career which started in the early 1950s and was to last for over fifty years. A pioneer of the hard-bop style and co-founder of the Jazz Messengers, his style developed to include blues, gospel and funk influences. Trumpeter Andy Hague has been leading this tribute to Silver for many years, but the band’s repertoire continues to expand and develop from the wealth of material to choose from. Andy Hague - trumpet, Kevin Figes - alto sax, Ben Waghorn - tenor sax, Jim Blomfield - piano, Riaan Vosloo - bass and Simon Gore - drums. Silverado are performing a couple of gigs in Bristol this summer as a warm up for a gig at Swanage Jazz Festival on 15th July.

Fri 9th June

Dover/Malcolm Quintet


For our season finale we’re pleased to present this assemblage of Bristol’s finest. Tenor saxophonist Nick Dover and trumpeter Nick Malcolm are two of the most original players in town, and regularly perform together as part of the Jazz Defenders. Pianist Rebecca Nash [pictured] grew up in Bristol but then left for London to study at Trinity College. Since graduating she has forged an impressive career and has worked with many of the UK’s top jazzers - but luckily for us she has recently moved back to Bristol. Bassist Will Harris will at the time of this gig have just completed his Masters Degree at the Royal Academy, and in April this year was part of a UK ensemble backing USA sax star Chris Potter for a tour of northern England. Andy Hague completes the group on drums.