DECEMBER 2014

DECEMBER

THE LIST IS CONSTANTLY BEING UPDATED.

IF YOU'RE ON THE MAILING LIST OR YOU FOLLOW US ON TWITTER YOU'LL BE NOTIFIED WHEN THINGS GO LIVE. 

NOT ALL EVENTS ARE PRE-BOOKABLE. 

CONCESSION PRICES ARE FOR STUDENTS WITH VALID ID, OVER 60s & MUSICIANS' UNION MEMBERS. 


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THURSDAY 04 DECEMBER

Tonight we are a regular bar. Well, a regular bar with the most interesting drinks list in town. And crazy toilets. And a bear.  

OPEN: 7.00PM

NO COVER CHARGE


DAVE JONES' AFFINITY

FRIDAY 05 DECEMBER

 

Dave Jones - bass
Tony Woods - saxes
Maciek Pysz - guitar
John Turville - piano
Eric Ford - drums

 

 

DOOR: 7.00PM

MUSIC: 8.30PM

TICKETS: £8 / £7 / £5 BEAR KEEPERS

Led by bassist Dave Jones, this group of outstanding musicians presents a unique evening of world-class jazz. 

Each player is a consummate instrumentalist, an outstanding improviser and a band-leader in his own right and together they create an ensemble with an ethos which is supportive and expressive.

Expect atmospheric and melodic jazz throughout this evening with original compositions alongside modern jazz classics by Michel Petruciani, Toninho Horta and Jan Garbarek

Maciek Pysz makes a debut with the ensemble and a welcome return to the Bear Club following his trio’s wonderful visit to the Bear Club in October.


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BRANT TILDS QUINTET

SATURDAY 06 DEC

If December is getting a little cold for you, then American-born, London-based trumpeter Brant Tilds is about to warm things up, with a night featuring music from his most recent album Green Gold. Inspired by his hero Dizzy Gillespie and his love for Afro-Cuban jazz, Brant is joined by a exceptional line-up of musicians for his first night with The Bear. The first of many we hope. 

Brant Tilds: trumpet, percussion, vocals 
Cheryl Frances-Hoad: keyboards
Roger Beaujolais: vibes
Dave Jones: bass
Damian Fisher: Drums

DOOR: 7.00PM

MUSIC: 8.30PM

TICKETS: £8 / £7 / £5 BEAR KEEPERS

 


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I PLAY RECORDS...
AT THE BEAR'S XMAS PARTY!

THURSDAY 11 DEC

In the corner, a friendly man will sit, sifting through his record collection, and playing you his discs of choice. 

We'll trim the tree, eat mince pies and probably serve the odd glass of hot wine. 

OPEN FROM: 7PM / FREE ENTRY


MANTRATA

FRIDAY 12 DEC

Mantrata are a unique, eclectic fusion band formed by the bass player Tim Powell, who writes all the compositions. These are inspired by the ethnic musics of the Eastern Mediterranean, the Near East and Africa as well as modal jazz pioneers such as John Coltrane. 

Paul Jolly - Sax / Tim Powell - Bass Guitar / Mark Burr - Drums / Chris Doggett - Cello / Chris Stevens - Electric Guitar.

DOOR: 7.00PM / MUSIC: 8.00PM

TICKETS: £5 / £4 CONC / £0 BEAR KEEPERS


‘I love this guy, he has a voice that sounds like it’s been soaked in turpentine for the last decade! - CRAIG CHARLES

BIG BOY BLOATER

SATURDAY 13 DEC

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British R&B kingpin, radio presenter and all-round talent Big Boy Bloater brings you his critically acclaimed, intimate and unique ‘one-man show’ featuring songs old and new in his unique and inimitably gruff and entertaining rootsy style.  This show is hot on the heels of a support slot on the Imelda May UK Tour!

He has been lauded as ‘one of the great blues men of our time’ by Jools Holland, described as ‘the best R&B singer and guitarist in the UK’ by the Editor of Classic Rock’s ‘The Blues’ Magazine and branded ‘a phenomenal guitarist’ by Mark Lamarr. 

DOOR: 7PM  /  MUSIC 9PM

TICKETS: £10 ON THE DOOR / £8 CONC & ADVANCE / £7 BEAR KEEPERS

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE


JADE VISIONS

THURSDAY 18 DEC

A new jazz trio dedicated to pursuing the art of the song, with Craig Stallwood (piano), Helen Boyea (double bass) and Steve Seal (drums) taking jazz standards and seeking the beauty and emotion within the original compositions. Swinging and fiery, crystalline and reflective by turns, expect the heart of the music to shine throughout.

There was a fabulously warm reception for their first appearance at The Bear Club in October - this is feelgood music of great warmth and beauty.

DOOR: 7.00PM / MUSIC: 8.00PM

TICKETS: £5 / £4 CONC / £0 BEAR KEEPERS



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SEE YOU oN FRIDAY JAN 30TH 2015