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Welcome back to the The Bebop Club Wednesday Sessions web site.

The Bebop Club meets at the Bear, Hotwell Road, Hotwells, Bristol U.K.
Wednesday sessions feature emerging bands, perhaps with some rock/funk/world leanings, but still broadly jazz. Many of the bands who play The Prom Winebar's Monday sessions also feel at home here.

Friday gigs often feature more established bands from outside Bristol.
Don't delay - go to both nights! I'm putting them here as well now on the home page because I guess most people come here to see what gigs are on. Don't forget jam sessions hosted by trumpeter John Talbot are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.

Fri 22nd March
Jonathan Taylor Trio     £4.00/3.50
Wonderful pianist, composer & arranger gets a chance to stretch out in a trio setting, with Dave Goodier - bass & Andy Hague - drums.
Fri 5th April
Dave Betts Quintet     £5.00/£4.50
This band are pretty busy in Bristol at present, as they hone their set for a prestigious week at Ronnie Scott's Club in London. Dave leads from behind an impressive array of drums & percussion, with Gary Aiesbrook - trumpet, Matt Sibley - sax, Jim Blomfleid - piano & bass player tbc. Strong Latin & African influenced grooves.

Weds 10th
April
Third House - £3.00/£2.50
Norma Daykin - saxes, and Lorraine Ayensu - vocals, percussion, guitar, from Sweet Lorraine perform some new material with the aid of Ben Groenvelt - bass, Tim Robinson - drums, John Lambert - piano, Sav Pacini - trombone, Becky Jones - flute. Expect Afro-influenced jazz originals and standards from similar areas to those explored by Don Pullen and Wayne Shorter. Something a bit different from this team, and a first rate line-up, I have to say!

Weds 24th April
Transwitness
Rob Harrison - percussion, Don Hawley - trumpet, Simeon Portway - keyboards and synthesizers, Roger Skerman - percussion. The guys will be exploring the more accessible side of the free music spectrum. Don't let the label put you off - great musicality!
Weds 8th
May
Chris Harris Band
Line-up tbc but Chris is a great player who knows most of the scene's leading lights.
Weds 22nd
May
Joe Blanc Band
Again line-up tbc but may include gifted vocalist Emma Hutchinson. I'll know as soon as I've mastered the texter on my mobile!
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