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Waldo's Gift

Showcasing their own hybrid of groove, math and jazz plus hosting a weekly night at Bristol's The Gallimaufry, where they invite some of the city's finest to collaborate with them; Waldos Gift have emerged as a new force, combining blinding technique with real creative musical insight and authenticity. Featuring James Vine on drums, Harry Stoneham on bass and Alun Elliot-Williams on guitar.

Dakhla Brass

Riding high on the wave of brass band-influenced jazz, Bristol-based Dakhla Brass are back with a new album – Murmur – on Impossible Ark Records. With their first new release since BBC Introducing & Jamie Cullum presented them at Montreal Jazz Festival in 2016, the unusual line up of four brass players + drummer is augmented with Nostalgia 77 double bassist Riaan Vosloo. Expect a lattice of intricate brass lines over simmering drums, flurries of improvisation and carefully-crafted through-arrangements. With rave reviews from the likes of The Telegraph, Jazzwise and Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2, the new album will be launched at London’s Kings Place on the 6th October.

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Azhaar Saffar

“Azhaar & Global Wave” recdntly released the debut album “Original Love” on May 4th. “One of the most distinctive acts on the jazz world scene” BBC Radio Wales Violinist / singer-songwriter Azhaar Saffar is releasing her 1st album since fronting acclaimed Brazilian jazz group Sirius B. (Montreux jazz, Mai jazz, 606 Club, Glastonbury Brecon jazz) ) She has also worked with jazz luminaries Peewee Ellis, Iain Ballamy, and Jason Rebello A self confessed nomad of Iraqi/Welsh origins, she recently returned from performing and teaching in Latin America where she composed the songs for her new album 'Original Love' The album features top jazz flautist Gareth Lockrane and DJ/’congeiro’ Snowboy who also produced the title track and has had a phenomenal reaction on major radio stations in the UK and worldwide

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Dave Merrick

Natalie and Dave play their favourite music from the jazz and blues classics of the 1920s through to the 1960s, and beyond, They came together to further explore and develop their own take on these classic jazz standards. They have been gigging in and around the Bristol and the South West for the last five years or so. They are also very close neighbours, both coming from the same neighbourhood in their hometown city of Bristol UK. They have made two CD's and two DVD's. Both have had extensive performance experience in and around the Bristol and South West (UK) area, inclusive of a number of radio appearances on both sides of the Atlantic. Artists they both like: Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Julie London - all the great female jazz singers. Guitarists influencing Dave: Mississippi John Hurt, Rev Gary Davis, Bert Jansch, John Renbourne, Stefan Grossman, Jo Pass, Django and all the great jazz guitarists. They have a lively YouTube channel which is attracting increasing levels of attention

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Mike Adcock

Played in different and between genres, exploring aspects of jazz, blues, traditional music, experimental and free improv. Primarily a pianist I also play accordion, guitar and a variety of percussion, with a particular interest in musical stone. I have recordings released with various bands (including Accordions Go Crazy, Poorboys, Cadillac Kings, Wanderlust) and in collaboration with others (including Lol Coxhill, Sylvia Hallett, Clive Bell, Chris Cundy, Paul Jolly). More recent releases include "In the case of darkness" (33 Jazz), "Accord" (Linear Obsessional Recordings) "Sheffield" [Flying Down Trio] (Wavetable) and "Wanderlust" (Paper Label Records).

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Augustus Black

Augustus Black is an internationally experienced composer, producer, and keyboard artist, an innovator in music technology and sound design, and an original voice in open form and improvised music. He has studied contemporary composition & performance practice with Gwyn Pritchard, Frank Denyer, Alexander Goehr, Gavin Bryars, John Woolrich, Dierdre Gribbin, Catherine Laws, Edward Cowie, Matthew Spring, Paul D. Miller & Bob Gilmore. He is currently working on an extended series of solo piano and multi-keyboard works and co-leading The Salamander Project - a third stream (jazz/classical) collaboration with Ecuadorian American saxophonist Nestor Zurita. Aside from a lengthy performance career as composer/arranger, bandleader and session keyboardist, Augustus Black has been the artistic director on numerous creative and commercial projects

Greg Cordez

UK-born, New Zealand raised, Cordez has lived and worked in London, Madrid, and New York City. A busy bassist, composer and educator now settled in the vibrant Bristol music scene. Recently worked and collaborated with a number of excellent and innovative musicians including Patrick Wolf, Jim White, Merz, Iain Ballamy, Jason Rebello, Huw Warren, Sarah Blasko, Hayley Westenra, Tim Garland, Andy Shepherd, Pee Wee Ellis, Gareth Lochrane, Alan Barnes, Slowly Rolling Camera, Chris Biscoe, Martin France, John Law, Sam Crockatt, Sirius B, Dave Dobbyn. In 2013 Cordez started work on his project involving the talents of Jake McMurchie, Nick Malcolm, Jim Blomfield, and Mark Whitlam

Get The Blessing

Bassist Jim Barr once remarked that Get The Blessing were “total outsiders” and “the punk entry” when they won the 2008 BBC Jazz Award for Best Album with ‘All Is Yes’. Almost ten years later and five albums down the line, the same could still be said to hold true, albeit with a little more wisdom at their disposal. Formed in 1999 to share a fascination with the improvisation and monophonic nature of Ornette Coleman’s earlier works, the line-up has remained the same with Portishead rhythm masters Jim Barr and Clive Deamer on bass and drums respectively, Pete Judge on trumpet and Jake McMurchie on saxophone

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Thelonius

It was back in December 2011 that Thelonius first got together at Factory Studios in Bristol to rehearse. Back then it was Dan, Tim and Richard, fresh out of a bruising but rewarding experience with a UK hip-hop crew, who decided to revisit the music that was closest to their hearts. That music was dominated by J Dilla, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, D’Angelo’s Voodoo, Pete Rock and DJ Premier as well as the new kid on their block Robert Glasper and his team of wunderkinds, The Experiment. What was needed Gumtree was Tom with a penchant was a jazz piano player and the first one up on Mcmahon-Hore, a classically trained budding genius for EST and Thelonious Monk. The first rehearsal was one big laid back groove as Thelonius put T.R.O.Y


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