Live Jazz and Acoustic Music in Bristol

Many thanks to all who bought tickets or donated to the Keith Tippett Benefit night in July, we managed to raise just over £2K for Keith and Julie to keep them ticking over until he's back to performing once again. Those visiting him say he's frail but getting stronger by the day, we all send our best regards. The donation button on the booking page of this site will stay up until the end of Summer; if anyone would still like to help, we'll pass it on. Photos of the night with a few video clips and review are available on the blog page.

Cheers, Ian

Sep 23 Tom Barford's Asterope 30 Daniel Karlsson Trio

Tom Barford's Asterope

Sun 23 Sep 7:30 for 8:15 (£14/12)Hen & Chicken Book Δ

Tom Barford

Pleased to announce that Tom Barford's 'Asterope' debut UK Album Release Tour is going to be funded by Arts Council England! Playing music from the debut album Bloomer as well as a new composition, a Debussy arrangement and a piece by the great Iain Ballamy! who produced the album recorded at Peter Gabriel's World Music Studios in January this year. This very bright group played here in Bristol, the day before the recording work started in Jan'. They were a delightful surprise and it will be great to see what they have come up with and how they have progressed even further.

Tom joined the Junior Jazz Course at the Royal Academy of Music aged 16, before going on to gain a place on the Undergraduate Jazz Programme at the Academy in 2013 and earning a First Class Hons degree in 2017. During his time at the Academy, Tom slowly became recognised as one of the most exciting young players emerging on the scene. He has regularly been writing music and performing across Britain with his band Asterope, as well as co-leading and writing for a quartet involving James Maddren, Alex Hitchcock and Ferg Ireland.

Aside from leading his own groups, Tom also takes pride in fulfilling a sideman role in such groups as The Barry Green Sextet, The Billy Marrows Octet, The Olli Martin Quintet and Mark Trounson’s Disquiet as well as playing occasionally in the Gareth Lockrane Big Band and The London Super Sax Project alongside Alex Garnett, Nigel Hitchcock, Graeme Blevins and Sammy Maine...........read more

We are witnessing the birth of a new star in the jazz firmament. ~ Evan Parker

A wonderful young player…..It’s so exciting to hear him grow! ~ Stan Sulzmann

Daniel Karlsson Trio (Sweden)

Sun 30 Sep 7:30 for 8:15 (£13/11)Hen & Chicken Book Δ

Daniel Karlsson Trio

Quite recently these guys popped up on my radar, one of those sounds that rings true, with something a little bit different....a bit quirky but drivingly melodic, so I managed to get them to visit us in Bristol!

Five words to sum it up? Riveting. Cool. Playful. Unconventional. Most of all, enjoyable ~ Rob Mallows, Kind of Jazz (GB)

The Daniel Karlsson Trio have established themselves as one of the most interesting constellations in Swedish and European jazz, since their album debut Das Taxibåt in September 2013. Their second release Fusion for Fish, launched in August 2014; ended up winning the Swedish Radio’s Jazz Group of the Year Award 2014, Swedish jazz magazine OJ’s Golden Disc 2015 as well as the Swedish Jazz Grammy 2015. Ears were opened abroad as well, their music met with press accolades and frequent airplay in Germany, but also in the UK and Ireland.

Their 2016 release, At the Feel Free Falafel also garnered a lot of attention with favourable reviews and extensive radio play. Their last year’s fourth release Ding Dong was nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award for best jazz album in 2018.

Daniel Karlsson is well known for his work in the highly merited Oddjob and the Magnus Öström Band. He has also been a frequent collaborator with among others Till Brönner, Nils Landgren and Rigmor Gustafsson.

In 2005 he was nominated Jazz Artist of the Year and released Pan-Pan, his first album in his own name. Christian has also toured with Rigmor and Nils and has also been heard with jazz icons such as Peter Erskine, Bobo Stenson and Jon Christensen. Fredrik has also, among others, played with Bobo Stenson and Palle Danielsson. In recent years he has most frequently been heard in indie pop star Sarah Blasko’s band.

The three musicians have known each other for a long time and through several previous collaborations. The trio’s music is described as distinctive and extrovert; clearly influenced by 60s jazz, soul and pop but with a clear Nordic scent. All music is penned by Daniel Karlsson...........read more

…a very welcome hour of fusion-tinged power jazz. ~ London Jazz News (GB)