Live Jazz and Acoustic Music in Bristol

Another trip to Zion Arts in April with Rebecca Pronsky proved what a really nice venue it is. Rebecca commented on how good the venue was acoustically.

April signs off with Jake McMurchie's new quartet with Dan Waldman on guitar before we head into May with a Zion visit for the talented Ian Sherwood from Canada on Tues 9th.

The only Jazz gig in May will be a blockbuster with the return of the *EBA* Jonathan Kreisberg quartet this year featuring amazing pianist Nitai Hershkovits (Avishai Cohen), this gig last year was a great night and this one, again on a Friday (26th) promises to be in the same fantastic vein. Hope you can make it along to a gig soon

Cheers, Ian

*EBA* means Early Booking Advised

Ian Sherwood (Canada)

Tue 9 May 7:30 for 8:15 (£12/10)Zion Community Space Book

Ian Sherwood

Everywhere To Go is Sherwood’s latest studio creation. The album is considered to be his best to date and is chock-full of instantly appealing hooks and singable choruses while sitting comfortably in Sherwood’s signature style of imaginative, narrative writing.

....beautiful lyrics, and beautiful images in his songs ~ CBC’s Freestyle

Sherwood is a musician, story teller and a constant creator. He has penned tunes for many other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He was named Contemporary Singer of the Year by the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year. Bob Mersereau of CBC Radio, Fredericton described him as “… a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs.”

….impressive guitar work amid catchy hook lines galore, surely the main thought in the room was…Yep! It’s only a matter of time before he’s a household name. ~ Todd MacLean, Charlottetown Guardian

His shows are infectious and he has a sound which covers Folk and Americana with a light popish feel through his songs; which when you hear them sounds like they should be smash hits for likes of a Robbie Williams or a Gary Barlow. However the songs and delivery is distinctly Ian’s own and his wonderful guitar playing combined with his sharp saxophone licks; plus the use of overlaying sounds to create his own backing band, makes for a great night of entertainment, check him out! more

*EBA* Jonathon Kreisberg Band

Fri 26 May 7:30 for 8:15 (£14/12)Hen & Chicken Book

Jake McMurchie

Jonathan Kreisberg returns to Bristol following last May’s outstanding gig, which rated as one of the top three of the year. Not only did Kreisberg burn up the place with an outstanding display of original styled jazz guitar work, inflected with supreme elegance and an innate sense of time, but the energy levels were super-charged. If that wasn’t enough, he brought along a top rhythm section that included the remarkable David Kikoski who had the audience standing to applaud the sheer audacity of technique and flair, played with unbelievable speed and accuracy. It was an evening of brilliance…how can it be matched?

Well, all things go forward and this time round he’s changed the line-up to tantalise and tease out another outstanding prospect of a jazz gig. He retains legend side-kick Colin Stranahan on drum kit but changes the bassist and pianist.

On bass is Matt Clohesy, an Aussie by birth and a New Yorker by affinity since 2001. Having mixed with the best in Australia, including with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, it didn’t take long for him to be working with some of the best young musicians stateside. The list is long and he’s been ‘in’ with some of the foremost modern interpreters of jazz today, including Gretchen Parlato, Seamus Blake, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Geoff Keezer, Ingrid Jensen, David Kikoski, Donny McCaslin, Joel Frahm and Eric Alexander.

If it were just these two with Jonathan, it would be good….! However the addition of Nitai Hershkovits at the piano puts this gig firmly in the A-Class bracket and promises to be another memorable occasion. Nitai has been collaborating long term with internationally acclaimed bassist and composer Avishai Cohen. Nitai has recorded with Avishai on three albums in duo, trio and with string quartet + Oboe, plus Cohen’s larger ‘New York Division’ from 2011 through 2015 and remains on call for more. Check out his startling ability on
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with Avishai Cohen’s trio, his solo is at around 4.30. Lately he’s working with Ari Hoenig’s outfits and will be off to Australia on tour with Ari after this Kreisberg tour. Other notables worked with include Jorge Rossy, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Daniel Zamir.

For the Kreisberg band, this tour starts in late April in Denver and then two nights at the famous Smalls Jazz Club in New York before landing in Europe; taking in Hamburg, Munich, Valencia, Barcelona, Helsinki and Oslo. Our gig is the last of a short 5-date UK leg; they fly to Paris the next day for a gig at the legendary Duc de Lombards......... read more

I don’t have the safety net of a sponsor for this year’s gig, so I’m hoping you guys enjoyed last year’s outing and will turn out if force (on an unusual Friday for us), for what promises to be another special gig!

David Newton Trio

Sun 4 Jun 7:30 for 8:15 (£12/10)Hen & Chicken Book

David Newton

I’ve worked with David for over 20 years now, initially through his associations with Don Weller and Alan Barnes and later with most of jazz-vocalist royalty, as accompanist. His style is rooted in classic-jazz-piano, in the mould of an Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum or Errol Garner, pianists who he grew up listening to. However, he quickly managed to establish his own voice on the piano; marked specifically with a beautiful and seemingly natural lyricism, excellent technique and a myriad of ideas that allows him to fully express improvisation around a melody.

Taking it one step further, in 1991 he released his debut solo album for Linn Records Victim of Circumstance, having appeared on many of his contemporaries recordings, he felt it was time to produce a work of his own. The release was a comprehensive display of stylish jazz and David's own compositions. I consider it to be a seminal album for UK jazz and it still play’s as well today as it did then. The track Katy’s Song named for his daughter, came in one take and is a sparkling eight minutes of brilliance.

His work since then has grown into an impressive body of work both in recordings and live performance and as drummer Matt Skelton puts it: David is…one of our nation’s treasured pianists. Fittingly, Newton was voted Best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz Awards for the thirteenth time in 2014 and was made a Fellow of Leeds College of Music in 2003

In recent years David has become resident in the South West, over in Bath, and that means we are fortunate that we can hear him more often at various Bristol venues, playing with some of the best local talent around, a couple of which will be joining him on this gig.

Quite simply, the man has a lovely touch on the piano. For those of you who know David’s work, you’re already aware he is one of the best around, for those of you who haven’t yet experienced Mr Newton at the keys, you are in for a real more