Claude Deppa, Robert Mitchell and Will Gregory among the line-up for January's Bath Jazz Weekend

Continuing to hold its position as the first UK jazz festival of the year, the Bath Jazz Weekend returns in January and here's how the line-up is looking for the 2024 running held once again at the city's Widcombe Social Club: Friday evening: …

Published: 23 Nov 2023. Updated: 3 months.

Continuing to hold its position as the first UK jazz festival of the year, the Bath Jazz Weekend returns in January and here's how the line-up is looking for the 2024 running held once again at the city's Widcombe Social Club: Friday evening: Screening of Lift To The Scaffold; Alexander Hawkins and Larry Stabbins in duo; Claude Deppa's Middle Eye; Saturday afternoon: François Corneloup/Tony Hymas; Sophia Domancich/Paul Dunmall/Olie Brice/Miles Levin; Saturday evening: Julie Tippetts/Maggie Nichols; Robert Mitchell's True Think; Gas Giants - Will Gregory/Tony Orrell/Ross Hughes; Sunday afternoon: Eschersteps - Eddie Parker/Lee Hyett/Andy Christie/Andy Tween; Mark Lockheart/Huw Warren/Yuri Goloubev; Mali Sheard/Ismael Aasgaard/Kyle Osborne/George Balmont/Luke McCarthy. Runs from 5-7 January - the festival website is accessible here. Claude Deppa, photo: press

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Mads Vinding trio feat. Dado Moroni & Niclas Campagnol, Quiet Yesterday, Storyville ****

We felt that we were actually in a jazz club listening here to Quiet Yesterday. And suitably enough the album was recorded in one, the famous Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen. Little spatters of applause give extra detail after pianist Dado …

Published: 22 Nov 2023. Updated: 3 months.

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We felt that we were actually in a jazz club listening here to Quiet Yesterday. And suitably enough the album was recorded in one, the famous Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen. Little spatters of applause give extra detail after pianist Dado Moroni's fine solo on 'All of You'. And there's also the familiarity of a bunch of standards that somehow are lifted out of the ordinary. Danish bassist Mads Vinding plays very well throughout and there is huge empathy in his rapport with drummer Niclas Campagnol. The title track - an original of Moroni's - works well in context with the others on a recording that has taken some five years to come out. It's worth the wait. Big on Bill Evans-like modality - although Moroni isn't afraid to burst into stride passages on 'Softly as In a Morning Sunrise' - it all has a gentle bittersweet quality to it and sounds very human - the audio quality is rich and generous. Classy stuff from a trio who had never recorded together before - perfect for you dear reader if you, like us, can't get enough of modern mainstream jazz piano trio delivered so lovingly in an authentic setting.