JUNE

JUNE

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BK = BEAR KEEPER (MEMBERS)

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

WE CLOSE AROUND MIDNIGHT. 


SATURDAY 01 JUNE

“This is definitely a trio on which to keep a sharp eye”, All About Jazz…

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MATTHEW READ TRIO

JAZZ

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

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"Proof indeed that the British Jazz scene at the moment is in incredible form"
Chris Philips, Jazz FM

Formed in 2015, the Matthew Read Trio brings together three like-minded approaches for music making, creating an exciting new performance every time they play. Drawing influence from the bands of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Paul Motian and many more, MRT brings a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio.

Benedict Wood -Guitar,
Arthur Newell - Drums
Matthew Read - Double Bass.

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SUNDAY 02 JUNE

The first Sunday of every month…

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JAZZ JAM

OPEN JAZZ SESSION

2PM - 5.30PM

£4 / £3 (BK)

FIRST COME FIRST SERVED

Come to watch, come to play, come to drink...  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. 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. 

Find the Jazz Jam organisers on Facebook HERE


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THURSDAY 06 JUNE

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.
Come for company. Come for solitude.
It's your bear. 


FRIDAY 07 JUNE

Footstomping blues, ragtime, swing and folk music…

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WASHBOARD RESONATORS

FOLK / RAG / BLUES

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

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The Washboard Resonators hail from Leeds, and have been described as being “like a ragtime street band meets a Hollywood musical on a theatre stage somewhere in around 1932”.

Their favorite performers include the jazz, ragtime, hokum, blues, comedy and vaudeville sounds of Louis Armstrong, Blind Boy Fuller, Fred Astaire, The Washboard Rhythm Kings, Robert Johnson, Gene Krupa, Max Miller, Tampa Red and The Memphis Jug Band. The spirit of these long gone artists and their music is summoned every time Martyn and Jack take the stage with their mixture of old traditional songs and new songs written by the band.

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SATURDAY 08 JUNE

Live album concert recording taking place…

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THE MARCO MARCONI TRIO
feat. Max Ionata


[ LIVE RECORDING ]

JAZZ

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 FUNDRAISING TICKET*

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Marco Marconi - piano
Tom Farmer - double bass
Emiliano Caroselli- drums
Max Ionata - sax

Hot on the heels of their critically-acclaimed album Trialogue; Marco Marconi Trio have been thrilling spectators with their contemporary jazz stylings at notable nightspots. Helmed by Italian pianist Marco Marconi, and ably assisted by the excellent Tom Farmer (double bass) and Emiliano Caroselli (drums), this dynamic trio comes with an impressive pedigree, honed here in the UK and abroad.

The live recording will also feature famed saxophonist Max Ionata, who has worked with a long line of jazz icons and Grammy-winning musicians.

Due to the live recording, slightly stricter than normal noise control will be in effect… so don’t bring your noisy friends.

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*We are not discounting this evening, sorry! We’re running the night to raise funds towards the recording of the album. Bit of a test for the space, and in support of a great local-born project.


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THURSDAY 13 JUNE

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.
Come for company. Come for solitude.
It's your bear. 


FRIDAY 14 JUNE

22 million people tuned in to see these fingers…

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HENRI HERBERT

BOOGIE WOOGIE BLUES 

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

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"Like Jools Holland possessed by Jerry Lee Lewis and The Devil"
Evening Standard

*photo Jim Herrington

Are you one of the 22 million people who has seen Henri's public piano performance on YouTube? Henri Herbert is a piano-playing phenomenon, among the best and most sought after boogie woogie blues piano men in the world. The former pianist of the mighty Jim Jones Revue now blazes his own trail, and after extensive solo touring around the UK, Europe, USA and Canada including performances at SXSW and Cincinnati Blues Festival, Henri has firmly established himself as an electrifying live act and accomplished songwriter.

Strongly influenced by the greats Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson and Jerry Lee Lewis and equally at ease with a pounding boogie or a soulful jazz standard, Henri has amassed an incredible 22 million hits on Youtube for his performance at St Pancras train station... prepare for boogie detonation!

Henri is accompanied by Jez Southgate on the bass and Jim Russell on the drums.

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SATURDAY 15 JUNE

More info to follow….


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THURSDAY 20 jUNE

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.
Come for company. Come for solitude.
It's your bear. 


FRIDAY 21 JUNE

Focus on Jazz present…

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TAHIRA MEMORY

JAZZ / SOUL

DOOR 7PM

£22.50 / £15.50 (BK)

HERE FOR TICKETS

Hot off the press - a Focus on Jazz special! The return of Tahirah Memory to The Bear Club, where she’ll be hosting her 2nd album launch ‘Asha’.

We are very excited about Tahirah’s return to Luton, and we hope you will join us at the Bear Club for this special event. As always, our Host Lee Drummond and Starpoint Radio’s DJ Paul Goldsmith will round of the evening to perfection.

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SATURDAY 22 JUNE

Some African grooves arrive at The Bear…

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SEBY NTEGE BAND

EAST AFRICAN GROOVES

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

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Seby Ntege is a uniquely charismatic singer and songwriter from the Busoga region of eastern Uganda renowned for producing some of East Africa's best multi-instrumentalists and is himself a master of half a dozen folkloric instruments, including the akogo thumb piano, endongo lyre, adungu harp, and the one stringed fiddle called endingidi.

Born into a musical household Seby joined the family band Nile Beat Artists aged 13, introducing him early to the international stage and touring neighbouring African countries as an instrumentalist and dancer. In 2018, gathering a multicultural band around him, Seby distilled this journey into a highly autobiographical album that would showcase his virtuosity as a musician. 

 Seby’s current band features vocalist Diana Lwanga who has released her own album of Luganda language children’s nursery rhymes, guitarist Ben Avison who along with drummer Lucas Keen were members of Rise Kagona’s (Bhundu Boys) Jit Jive Band, and on bass Rob Stevens, producer of Seby’s album Five Notes and another multi-instrumentalist. 

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THURSDAY 27 jUNE

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.
Come for company. Come for solitude.
It's your bear. 


FRIDAY 28 JUNE

Blues from Brasil!…

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BIG GILSON

BLUES

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

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“When I see such a young man so far from America, playing the blues so well, I feel happy and proud that my mission in this life is done”
B.B. King

MORE TO FOLLOW…

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SATURDAY 29 JUNE

In your face once more…

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JAZZFACE

JAZZ

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

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Bear favourites back with another dose of their high energy interpretations of latin, fusion and jazz standards - musical firewrorks aplenty and a great night guaranteed!

Craig Stallwood - piano
Steve Seal - drums
Pete Myatt - bass

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