Live Jazz and Acoustic Music in Bristol

Amazing gig with the 22-piece Westbrook “The Bigger Show” extravaganza with 100+ attendance at start of July and finished off with Otis Gibbs in fine form last Friday (24th). For some reviews and pics of the Westbrook gig see Bristol 24/7 (Tony Benjamin) and Listomania (Jon Turney)

Only one event coming up in August and that’s a return visit of The Session from New Orleans. Last year they made a huge impression and sold out a second ‘Pop-Up’ gig at The Be-Bop Club; as they did in June this year. They are back with a slightly different line-up to last year but featuring the original Trumpeter, who couldn’t make it on previous visits. Hope you can make it along, it’ll be a blast.

Cheers, Ian

The Session (USA)

Sun 16 Aug 7:30 for 8:15 (£14/12)Hen & Chicken Book

The Session

The Session the young quintet from New Orleans, are back again after teaching and performing at the Aberystwyth Music Summer School & Festival a few days earlier.

Last year we introduced them to Bristol audiences for the first time, and with the help of Andy Hague at The Be-Bop Club we put on a second 'Pop-Up' gig two days later which sold out! They recently returned to the Be-Bop and again sold it out, however two of the guys had flights cancelled (due to lightning storms in NO) and missed the gig allowing Andy Hague and Mark Whitlam the chance to sit in and have a blast with the remaining guys. Read Mike Collins' review of the gig here

Tonight’s gig features the original trumpet player Steve Lands who was unable to visit last year because of playing engagements in New Orleans. The drum seat this time around is filled by Willie Green III on his first visit to the UK.

The Session combines superb musicianship with youthful energy and verve and a high degree of compositional sophistication. It’s music from New Orleans rather than “New Orleans Music” - The Session have not only absorbed the music of their home city they are fully versed in the entire jazz tradition but still manage to bring to it something young, fresh and vital. I thought that they were terrific and their two albums show that they can cut it on record too. ~ Ian Mann (The Jazz Mann)

If you love groove-based, swinging jazz with hints of The ‘Second Line’ New Orleans tradition then don’t miss this more