Rebecca Pronsky with Richard Bennett provided a wonderful night of great music and fun on our last gig, her voice is seemingly better than ever. The pair are planning to open a recording facility and teaching school back in Brooklyn later this year with a new album also in the pipeline.

Our next jazz gig is on Sun 3 Aug with a young starlet band The Session from New Orleans, read on for full details. Hope you make it along.

Cheers, Ian

The Session Quintet (USA)

Sun 3 Aug 7:30 for 8:15 (£14/12)Hen & Chicken Book

The Session

Interesting and lucky chance to get these guys to Bristol! These young talented musicians are all based in New Orleans and play with major Crescent City based musicians. They also all play in the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, which is touring to Europe and specifically Moscow, Russia in late July. So airfares covered, they decided to stay on for a while with their own quintet “The Session”, who have been offered a slot teaching and performing at the Aberystwyth Musicfest (July 26 –Aug 2). They also have selected dates in Cardiff and the London area, with our gig on Sunday 3 Aug.

James Partridge is living in New Orleans but is from the UK having studied originally with Tim Whitehead, he moved to the states after receiving a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music. After spending every summer break working in New Orleans he relocated there after graduation in 2010. He can be seen playing with the likes of Shannon Powell, Jason Marsalis and Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

Darrian Douglas is a native of Jackson Mississippi, moving New Orleans in 2007 he was soon taken in by his adopted city and began playing with the likes of the Ellis Marsalis’ Quartet, Germaine Bazzle and Irvin Mayfield. Two of the guys are from New Orleans. Bass player Jasen Weaver was accepted into the prestigious New Orleans Centre for Creative Arts (NOCCA) at 14. He now plays regularly with names such as Herlin Riley, Shannon Powell, Jason Marsalis and Donald Harrison. Pianist Andrew McGowanalso studied at NOCCA, and can often be seen with the Stooges Brass Band and the Jason Marsalis Vibraphone Quartet, amongst others.

Ashlin Parker is new to the band filling in for their regular trumpeter Steven Lands. Ashlin originally from Charlotte NC, now resident in ‘The Big Easy’ since 2008, he plays regularly with the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, featuring Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis......read more