FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY

THE LIST IS CONSTANTLY BEING UPDATED. GET ON THE MAILING LIST OR FOLLOW US ON TWITTER FOR WEEKLY UPDATES. 

NOT ALL EVENTS ARE PRE-BOOKABLE. 

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

BK = BEAR KEEPER (MEMBERS)

IF YOU DON'T SEE THE DATE HERE, WE ARE NOT OPEN. 

WE CLOSE AROUND MIDNIGHT. 


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THURSDAY 01 FEB

WAKE UP & WARM UP

Help us wake up the bear this first Thursday back after hibernation. We'll have a fridge full of new beer as a warm-up for the 35th Luton Beer Festival (15-17 Feb) of which The Bear Club is a proud sponsor.  5.30-11.30pm.


FRIDAY 02 FEB

CLARK TRACY QUINTET

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Award winning drummer Clark Tracey celebrates 40 years in jazz this year.  For most of that time he has led his own groups, concentrating more recently on giving a platform to young musicians who are exceptionally talented in the field.  This latest group formed in 2018 is his youngest band to date, confirming the future of British jazz is in excellent hands.  Clark has just released a biography of his illustrious father Stan Tracey called 'The Godfather Of British Jazz', coinciding with his receiving Best Drums Award in this year's British Jazz Awards.  He runs his own jazz club and festival at Herts Jazz, and is a tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music.

Robbie Robson - Trumpet
Sean Payne - Alto
Elliott Sansom - Piano
James Owston - Bass
Clark Tracey - Drums

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 03 FEB

KAT & CO

Smokey nightclub blues with a contemporary twist. Kat & Co are an eclectic quintet that share stories and sounds of ordinary cosmopolitan life. And with family traditions rooted in the cotton fields of rural Tennessee, Kathleen Pearson (lead vocals) is the real deal. It was in the heart of London that she went looking for Blues of the 21st Century.

www.katandco.co.uk

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SUNDAY 04 FEB

JAZZ JAM

With its new home on the first Sunday of the month,...  Come to watch, come to play, come to drink...

What is the Jazz Jam?

The Jazz Jam is a session led by a great house band, where musicians and singers come to try out material, play old classics and sit in with other players. 

Who is it for?

It is for everyone. Half of the crowd come to play, half come to just watch. It's the sort of gig where you don't know what's coming next. 

What's the vibe?

It's a relaxed Sunday afternoon feel, very friendly and a chance to see some great music up close, often with musical combinations and improvisations that you will never see again.

If you are lucky...

....you might even see Perry's jazz dancers who stop in every now and then, clear some tables, and hit the floor.  

Find the Jazz Jam on Facebook HERE

DOOR: 1.30pm
MUSIC: 2.00pm - 5.30PM
£4 / £3 (BK)

NO RESERVATIONS. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. 


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THURSDAY 08 FEB

BAR OPEN

We continue our warm-up for the 35th Luton Beer Festival (15-17 Feb) of which The Bear Club is a proud sponsor. Other drinks available. 5.30-11.30pm.


FRIDAY 09 FEB

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London based RnB outfit playing vintage Rock 'n' Roll, Blues, Rockabilly and retro Swing. Delivering 40's & 50's classics by the likes of Ruth Brown, Varetta Dillard, Etta James, Wanda Jackson, Little Richard and contemporary hits by Imelda May the Stray Cats and Post Modern Jukebox.

www.rubyandthedukes.com

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE

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SATURDAY 10 FEB

MAD TRIO

Playing exciting original compositions and some jazz classics with their own arrangements, the band combines the lyrical phrasing approach of pianist Emilio Merone, with solid and expressive double bass playing from Milko Ambrogini and the creative drumming of Gaetano Di Giacomo.

They have performed in many prestigious venues. Ronnie Scott’s, 606 Club, Jazz Cafe, Spice of Life, Charlie Wright, Pizza Express, The Archduke and all over the Milan jazz music scene.

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


MONDAY 12 FEB

MUSIC ON MONDAYS PRESENT...

New to The Bear Club for 2017-2018, we play host to the prestigious and long-running concert series by Luton Music Club. It's not every Monday, so look out for details. The concerts are open to non-members of the Luton Music Club, and more information about them can be found HERE

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ALESSANDRO TAVERNA

This Italian pianist, an ear-catching finalist in the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition, presents a dazzling recital of music from Eastern Europe. From the lyrical Polish romanticism of Chopin’s Ballades, the bravura sweep of the Rachmaninov second sonata and through to the scintillating colours of Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka this is a virtuoso programme demanding the utmost skill. This will surely be an unforgettable evening!

Frédéric Chopin – 4 Ballades
Sergei Rachmaninov – Sonata No.2 in B flat minor op 36
Igor Stravinsky – Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka

DOORS: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 7.30PM
ENDS: 10PM (approx)

If you are not a member of LMC, tickets are available on the door, first come first served. Bear Keepers will receive a discount.  Regular tickets £16. Bear Keepers £12


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THURSDAY 15 FEB

SLOW NIGHT

The bar is open from 5.30pm...
and then we have this. 


FRIDAY 16 FEB

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Harmless Funk features a selection of some of the UK's finest musicians. They play a dynamic and exciting blend of classic and contemporary funk, adding touches of Jazz, Latin and Rock, with inventive and spontaneous ensemble work and flashes of individual virtuosity.

The members of Harmless Funk have performed with the likes of Hans Zimmer, Sir Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Beverly Knight, Paul Young, Carl Palmer, Ola Onabule, The Feeling, Toyah Willcox and many more, bringing a wealth of musicality, passion and flair that is present every time they play.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 17 FEB

PAUL JOLLY QUARTET

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Photo: Ryan Bedingfield

Head honcho of 33 Records and legendary saxophonist Paul Jolly (Straight No Chaser, Mantrata, People Band), brings his quartet to the Bear for the first time, ably assisted by drummer Mark Burr, pianist Richard Wilsher and bassist Pete Myatt, playing their hard and funky reinterpretations of jazz standards. 

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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THURSDAY 22 FEB

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 7.00-11.30pm.


"I can't hold a candle to this guy" - Jamie Callum

FRIDAY 23 FEB

DOM PIPKIN'S SMOKIN' BOOGIE SHOW

PIANO FROM LONDON, SOUL FROM NEW ORLEANS

One of the most authentic and spirited players of blues and New Orleans piano in Europe today. Dom Pipkin has appeared live all around the world and on TV and radio, winning and wowing fans with his electrifying live performances.

Brothels, barrelhouses, love, sex, tragedy, voodoo spells and Mardi Gras Queens, the colourful lives of Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair and the drug-fuelled funk and psychedelia of Dr John and James Booker are conjured up in technicolour glory in their rawest setting – a man, a piano, a glass of bourbon and panama hat.

www.dompipkin.co.uk

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

SOLD OUT   (THERE MIGHT BE A FEW SPACES ON THE DOOR)


SATURDAY 24 FEB

ELLIOT GALVIN TRIO

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Led by composer/pianist Elliot Galvin, The Influencing Machine is a sonic reaction to the human mind, technology and the post-truth age. Analogue synthesis and electric sounds orbit the acoustic world of piano, bass and drums as the critically acclaimed ensemble launch their brand new album on the European label Edition Records.

ELLIOT GALVIN piano, synthesizer, toys
TOM McCREDIE double bass, guitar
CORRIE DICK drums, percussion

"He reminds me of the young Django Bates, and the impression Django made on me in the 1980s – great improv chops, strong character as a player and a composer, evident love of the jazz tradition without wanting to repeat the past, very English sense of humour. He’s the kind of artist you always want to stay tuned in to, because you know he’s going to keep on coming up with surprises."  - JOHN FORDHAM (GUARDIAN)

www.elliotgalvin.com

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


MONDAY 26 FEB

MUSIC ON MONDAYS PRESENT...

New to The Bear Club for 2017-2018, we play host to the prestigious and long-running concert series by Luton Music Club. It's not every Monday, so look out for details. The concerts are open to non-members of the Luton Music Club, and more information about them can be found HERE

BARTOSZ WOROCH & CAROLINE PALMER 

Young Polish violinist Bartosz Woroch is an exceptional artist, whose recent disc of solo violin repertoire, Dancer on a Tightrope, was greeted with deservedly five star reviews. With pianist Caroline Palmer he presents a programme contrasting the mature classical Fantasy of Schubert with another late essay by Francis Poulenc, written towards the end of the Second World War. In a further exploration of music from Eastern Europe the programme is completed with Szymanowski's evocative Myths composed during the First World War. This will be a compelling concert in the intimate setting of Luton’s most atmospheric music venue, The Bear Club.

Poulenc - Sonata for violin and piano
Szymanowski - Myths op.30
Schubert - Fantasy in C major for violin and piano

DOORS: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 7.30PM
ENDS: 10PM (approx)

If you are not a member of LMC, tickets are available on the door, first come first served. Bear Keepers will receive a discount.  Regular tickets £16. Bear Keepers £12


WEDNESDAY 28 FEB

SOUL FOOD POETRY

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New to The Bear Club, we welcome the organisers of Soul Food Poetry, an event that was born to offer a platform for local talent in the spoken word field. The stage is always graced by local up and coming poets and artists, and their natural hunger, rawness and passion is what helps to make Soul Food Poetry such a sought after event. 

Top acts from around the country also join the evenings, maintaining a high level of quality and performance at every show. Soul Food Poetry hopes to give exposure to everyone whilst sending out a message of inspiration and motivation to other artists and members of the audience. 

And yes, there is soul food to eat too!

DOOR: 7.15PM / £10

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for your member discount code)


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