BLEY SCHOOL are at FRINGE JAZZ at THE BRISTOL FRINGE Clifton Village on Wednesday 3rd July at 8PM. Tickets £12.
Back in 2017 the phenomenal pianist PAT THOMAS teamed up with his close friends and collaborators, the bassist DOMINIC LASH and drummer TONY ORRELL to form a Trio to explore the music and influence of the great Canadian pianist PAUL BLEY. They played a well received gig at the Vortex in London and then in February 2018 recorded an album using the Steinway piano at the Victoria Rooms here in Bristol. The good news is that the CD has now been mixed and is scheduled for release this summer.
To quote Tony Orrell "BLEY SCHOOL pays homage to Paul Bley, drawing on both his tunes and improvisational approach. Bley's music encompassed latin-inspired grooves, deceptively simple and catchy melodies, as well as freer improvisations with drummers such as Paul Motian and Tony Oxley. Bley's willingness to collaborate openly with European improvisers as well as being part of the American tradition seemed like an attractive template for our trio".For tonight's gig the BLEY SCHOOL are joined by PERCY PURSGLOVE on trumpet, to add his unique virtuosity and open approach to the music, on this special Bristol gig.