Full details and buy tickets here: https://www.bathjazzweekend.com
Trace an arc from somewhere around Frome in Somerset, via Bath to Bristol, a distance of about 25 miles, and its possible to sweep up a dazzling array of national and international names, that’s not to diminish the depth and quality of the music scene in the area. When Nod Knowles decided, at pretty short notice, to organise an early January weekend, in his words to ‘reaffirm the place that jazz from Europe has had, and will now continue to have, in Bath and the South West of England’ he had a pretty big pool to draw on.
The full listing is below. It’s pretty eclectic but feel the quality, and all bands hail (pretty much) from within that 25 mile arc. Dave Newton on Friday is a great way to start and locally, the incendiary quality of the duo with John Pearce is a poorly maintained secret.
Saturday has a showcase air to it: Karen Street‘s accordian led, drumless quartet followed by the sublime Ballamy/ Rebello quartet (a recent gig reviewed here) is worth the weekend price on in it’s own. But then for the evening there’s Orrell/ Hope Scott.. anything could happen and usually does; Andy Hague’s Quintet on the back of a new CD by the Bristol stalwart with a top drawer band, and capped off by Get The Blessing, new release Bristopia shows they’re in great form.
Sunday is no less enticing. James Lambeth lives just round the corner from the venue, but his reputation extends across the region. The restless, peerless John Law’s Quartet with Loop Collective sax man Sam Crockatt is reliably top class, and Dave Mowat’s BEJE will be a rousing end to the weekend (I interviewed Dave for London Jazz News here)
‘Pop-up’ this weekend may be, but with a bit of support there’s a good chance it can become a fixture. We know what to do!
Dates and Times
Friday 4 January
A Taste of Europe from 5pm until late
Dave Newton & John Pearce
European Wine Tasting
& more artists tba
Saturday 5 January
The Weekend Remains Afternoon from 12–5pm
Karen Street’s Streetworks
Iain Ballamy/Jason Rebello Quartet
& more artists tba
The Weekend Remains Evening from 6pm until late
Tony Orrell & Vyv Hope Scott aka The Jellilalas
Andy Hague’s Quintet with Jim Blomfield
Get The Blessing
Sunday 6 January
European Family Afternoon from 12–6pm
James Lambeth’s Lambeth Swing
John Law’s Re-Creations Quartet with Sam Crockatt
The Bristol European Jazz Ensemble
Widcombe Social Club is a bright, modern new venue next to the Kennet & Avon canal – a custom-built gig space and the perfect location for this three day family-friendly winter festival.
Widcombe Social Club is situated at the bottom of Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA.