BLEY SCHOOL - Pat Thomas / Dominic Lash / Tony Orrell
February 08, 2023 19:00
February 08, 2023 22:00
Fringe Jazz presents BLEY SCHOOL at The BRISTOL MUSIC CLUB, 76 St Paul's Road, Clifton. Bristol BS8 1LP on Wednesday 8th February at 7PM. Tickets £16.
Pat Thomas - Piano
Dominic Lash - Double Bass
Tony Orrell - Drums
and special guest Larry Stabbins - Alto Sax
Doors Open 7pm
Performance Starts at 7.30pm
Back in 2017 the internationally renowned 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. Then something very unusual but also very fortuitous happened - an American Record Label heard a sample of the recording and contacted Pat to say they wanted to release the album. 'Bley School' was released to critical acclaim on the New York based label 577 Records in the summer of 2019. Following the success of the first album, 577 will be releasing a second Bley School album recorded live at Cafe Oto in London last June, with the release planned for Spring this year.
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 the trio to follow. Their music might well be free improvisation but like Bley the trio are open to all the opportunities afforded by playing with timeless tunes, de- and re- constructing them at will. On the Bley School album you can hear shout-outs to Carla Bley, Ornette Coleman and Duke Ellington.
This is going to be a fascinating and entertaining evening.
Tickets are also available at TREBLEROCK Guitar Shop, 52 The Mall in Clifton Village.
FRINGE JAZZ, Wednesdays at 7PM at The BRISTOL MUSIC CLUB, 76 St Paul's Road, Clifton. Bristol BS8 1LP
Fringe Jazz at The Bristol Music Club is run in association with TREBLEROCK Guitar Shop