Live Jazz and Acoustic Music in Bristol

We finish off January (29th) with the swinging sounds of Andy Hague's Big Band in full flow. In February we have two really choice gigs: the first with top notch New York saxophonist Tim Armacost in trio format at the Hen & Chicken on Sun 12th (he fronted the New York Standards Quartet at the Colston Hall in April 2012) and three days later there's an Acoustic gig with the brilliant Stephen Fearing from Canada (Wed 15th), this time at the cosy Zion Community Art Space venue up on Bedminster Down. I'll also being putting on two other gigs there: Rebecca Pronsky (USA) in April and Ian Sherwood (Canada) in May

Look out also for a gem in March (Sunday 5th) with former Tony Bennet MD and pianist, Bruce Barth in a trio with Arnie Somogyi and Stephen Keogh.

Cheers, Ian

Bruce Barth Trio (USA, Ire + UK)

Sun 5 Mar 7:30 for 8:15 (£14/12)Hen & Chicken Book

Bruce Barth

Bruce is no stranger to Bristol having played at The Albert a few times in the mid-90’s with Spanish saxophonist Perico Sambeat in a quintet that included Arnie Somogyi on bass, (who’s organised this short tour of the UK and Spain). Not long after that period he became Musical Director for the legendary Tony Bennett.

I have a great love for excellent musicians and Bruce Barth is one of my favourites
~ Tony Bennett

Jazz pianist and composer Bruce Barth has been sharing his music with listeners the world over for more than three decades. Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, his music reflects both the depth and breadth of his life and musical experiences: his performances feature material from his large book of very powerful and imaginative original compositions, written in a voice that is both deeply personal and expressive. Bruce has performed on over one hundred recordings and movie soundtracks, including ten as a leader. He is equally at home playing solo piano or leading an all-star septet, and composing for a variety of ensembles. His trio has recorded live at the legendary Village Vanguard in New York City.

....One of the best pianists in town, period ~ Village Voice

In addition to travelling widely playing his own music, he has also performed with revered jazz masters, and collaborated with leading musicians of his own generation including Tony Bennett, Steve Wilson, Terell Stafford and David Sanchez. He has performed with James Moody, Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Art Farmer, Victor Lewis, John Patitucci, Lewis Nash, and The Mingus Big Band. Bruce is a dedicated teacher, with more than ten years on the jazz faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia. He has also taught at Berklee College of Music and Long Island University.

.…Bruce is a great musician….a force to be reckoned with ~ Terence Blanchard

Tonight it will be a great treat to hear Bruce in Bristol again, one of the outstanding piano talents of his generation.........read more