French saxophonist Julien Alenda has had a real impact on Bristol’s jazz scene over the past few years, appearing in numerous bands and hosting the popular jam sessions at the Fringe bar. Now mainly playing tenor sax rather than alto, Julien is one of the most naturally gifted improvisers in the city with a phenomenal ear, and has no problem negotiating standards in those unusual vocal keys. The influx of new players to Bristol continues with pianist Tim Funnell playing at the club for the first time. Born in London, Tim has studied jazz both in the Netherlands and Paris, receiving tuition from top USA and European teachers. On bass is Aeddan Llywelyn, one of Cardiff’s busiest players, and another new face to the Be-Bop, Bristol based drummer James Vine, who plays with Waldo’s Gift and the Feelgood Experiment.
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