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Andy Hague Quintet

Wednesday 11 September 2019 8.30pm

Over the past 25 years Andy Hague has become well known in Bristol both as a performer and as organiser of weekly jazz venue The Be-Bop Club. He played at Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival and Ronnie Scott’s Club as part of a big band backing Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley [2016] and USA trumpet legend Bobby Shew [2017]. Andy is also well known as a jazz educator, tutoring for several jazz summer schools and residential weekends, including CL Jazz, Music For You, Gloucester Academy of Music, Dartington and Falmouth-Yamaha.

Long term associate saxophonist Ben Waghorn is a versatile musician who has worked in London’s West End and on many pop, TV and film recordings. He has been involved in a range of projects with Keith Tippett, Geoff Eales and Dave Stapleton [Slowly Rolling Camera] and has also recently performed with the BBC Big Band. Pianist Jim Blomfield has accompanied many of the UK’s best known players and has released two trio CDs of his own compositions. Bassist Chris Jones also plays with We Are Leif, currently receiving a lot of air-play on Jazz FM. Drummer Toby Perrett is well known for his work with Hammond organist John-Paul Gard.

Line-up: Andy Hague – trumpet/flugelhorn, Ben Waghorn – tenor sax, Jim Blomfield – piano, Chris Jones – double bass, Toby Perrett – drums

“it’s the variety of the musical structures deployed, as well as the sheer spirit and fire in these performances that makes this a significant milestone for Hague and his chums” – Peter Vacher, four star review in Jazzwise March 2019.

“So impressed with this record, wow, it’s current, it’s hip” – Linley Hamilton, BBC Radio Ulster’s Jazz World.

“On this evidence the long wait for Hague’s new album has been well worth it.” – The Jazz Mann.

“The five players form a cohesive, empathic, ensemble.” – Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz [four stars]

“performed with great class and style, excellently recorded and showing him and his band to be masters of their craft.” – Mark McKergow, London Jazz News.