Live Jazz and Acoustic Music in Bristol

As you may have heard local piano genius Keith Tippett has suffered a second heart attack with complications of pneumonia. Luckily he is now out of hospital and recovering at home, though all his performances have been cancelled for the rest of this year. Benefits to help Keith are happening in London, Manchester and Birmingham. We are doing our bit with a fundraiser on Sun 8 July featuring a mini big band led by ex-Seedbed Orchestra pupil Kevin Figes playing original scores Keith wrote for it and Paul Dunmall's quartet featuring Jim Dvorak (Tpt) coming down from London.

Cheers, Ian

July 8 Keith Tippett Benefit

Keith Tippett Benefit Gig

Sun 8 Jul 7:30 for 8:15 (£15)Hen & Chicken Book Δ

Feat: Paul Dunmall Quartet + Bristol Keith Tippett Appreciation Society

Keith Tippett

This Benefit Gig for Keith Tippett is being jointly organised by Ian Storror (Jazzata) and John Taylor from ‘Fringe Jazz’ with assistance from Todd Wills at Colston Hall.

All the musicians playing on this night are donating their services free for this fund raising performance. The roll call of musicians already confirmed includes: Paul Dunmall, Kevin Figes, Ben Waghorn, Jake McMurchie, Mark Langford (Saxes); Tony Orrell (Drums); Jim Blomfield (Piano); Percy Pursglove (+Tpt), Riaan Vosloo, Will Harris, Dominic Lash (Basses); Jim Dvorak, Nick Malcolm, Pete Judge, Dave Mowat (Trumpets). We will update the list as we get closer to the date.

Bristol-born world-class piano genius Keith Tippett is currently recovering from two heart attacks coupled with a chest infection and pneumonia. The good news is that he is now out of hospital and is recuperating at home. However, as result of his illness Keith has been forced to cancel all engagements for this year and it will be some time before he will be well enough to perform or appear in public.

On hearing this worrying news the 'Jazz Community' have arranged a number of Benefit Gigs to raise money to help Keith and Julie through this difficult period. There are benefit concerts planned in London, Birmingham and Manchester and this concert on 8th July at The Hen & Chicken is his home town's opportunity to show support. We would ask that you take this opportunity to show your help and appreciation of Keith’s many decades of work, performance and the music education of thousands of young musicians by contributing to the cause.

If you are unable to attend the gig in person but would like to help, then please buy a ticket/s anyway to show support via the different button on the booking page (‘Showing Solidarity with KT’).

Musicians taking part include Keith's friends, old band colleagues, ex-students or just players who feel their careers have been inspired by Keith's incredible music and want to show their support.

The evening will feature two bands - firstly a large ensemble of mainly Bristol based musicians under the direction of Kevin Figes. Kevin worked with Keith in the Seedbed Orchestra, Tapestry and Keith’s Octet. The ensemble will be playing several of Keith's compositions based on his original scores for large ensembles. Then Keith's close friend, musical associate and fellow member of Mujician (for 23 years) Paul Dunmall will perform with a quartet formed especially for this benefit.

The influence that Keith Tippett's music has had and his contribution to the history of British Jazz and European improvised music cannot be overstated and tonight's gig is an opportunity for us all to show our appreciation and help Keith at a time when he is unable to work and earn any money. Tickets are £15 with all the proceeds going to Keith and his family.........read more