Live Jazz and Acoustic Music in Bristol

Wow…..Great start to the series at Bristol Old Vic in the new Weston Studio. Gilad Atzmon and the guys in the band were on sparkling form, playing to a sold-out house. Thanks for coming guys!

it looks like Arun Ghosh will also sell out, and the final gig of the series 'The New Beginnings Quartet - Re-Imagining the Beatles' is going OK (50 sold as of 06/05), so if we manage to double that by the 26th we should be fine to continue with more great music at the BOV. I have already spoken to the theatre about further dates for the autumn.

Cheers, Ian

May 12 Arun Ghosh 26 Jonathan Gee / Gaetano Partipilo Quartet

Arun Ghosh

Sun 12 May 7:30 for 8:15 (£17/15)Bristol Old Vic Book Δ

Arun Ghosh

Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and now living in London, British-Asian clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh makes a welcome return to Bristol, following a euphoric sell-out show at last year's Bristol Jazz Festival.

Life-affirming music that transcends cultural barriers ~ Manchester Evening News

Ghosh, a two-time winner of Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards (2014 and 2018), has released four albums on Camoci Records. Arun's musical vocabulary and vision reflects his rich geographical heritage, and has emerged as a leading light on UK and international jazz scenes, captivating audiences and critics with his passionate and dynamic performance style, eloquent musical expression and charismatic rock 'n' roll spirit.

His ensemble fluidly incorporates jazz, rock, folk, South-Asian and ambient influences. Arun Ghosh's melodic outpourings and freewheeling improvisations become passionate, and intensely charged 'songs without words'. Described by Ravi Shankar as a natural born improviser, the clarinettist is a renowned innovator of the modern Indo-Jazz style.

Arun Ghosh is also an established musical director and composer for theatre, dance, performance and radio. His first work was Storm by Lemn Sissay (Contact Theatre, 2002) and he has since worked on over 70 major productions. His most recent work was as Musical Director and Composer for Lions and Tigers, at Shakespeare Globe, September 2017............read more

...at once no-nonsense, thrilling and beautiful...uproarious and irresistible ~ The Telegraph

New Beginnings Quartet - Re-Imagining the Beatles

Sun 28 May 7:30 for 8:15 (£17/15)Bristol Old Vic Book Δ

Jonathan Gee / Gaetano Partipilo Quartet

Leading UK pianist and vocalist Jonathan Gee brings a new project created in early 2018 between himself and three great musicians from the Puglia region of southern Italy. It features the new rising star of Italian jazz on alto sax, Gaetano Partipilo with one of the most dynamic rhythm sections on the European scene.

Their repertoire combines re-imaginings of Beatles tunes with self-penned compositions of Jonathan and Gaetano. This music has been recorded and an album release is imminent.

Jonathan Gee, has eight albums to his name, and has worked in the bands of American jazz stars Pharoah Sanders, Mark Murphy and David Murray.

Gee is one of European jazz's most celebrated musicians. His music is precise, lucid and original, and at times breathtakingly lyrical. ~ Visions of Britain

Gaetano Partipilo is known for an original style characterised by a strong mixture of contemporary and mainstream jazz. His latest album Daylight is on the label of the godfather of Italian jazz, Paolo Fresu. He has played with everybody from Jason Moran and Dee Dee Bridgewater to Billy Cobham.

Partipilo is a complete-game player whose tone and phraseology is an exciting amalgam of alto history ~ All About Jazz

Giuseppe Bassi, one of the most in-demand bassists in Italy for the last 20 years, has a number of highly praised albums to his name as well as having graced the bands of Lew Tabackin and pianists Dado Moroni, John Hicks and Mal Waldron.

Fabio Accardi has performed at festivals around the world, from North Sea, Hong Kong, in Chicago and Paris, often as a band leader, and has a number of album rleases, particularly with his acclaimed band Precious. He’s toured with US sax stars Greg Osby and Dave Liebman............read more