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WE CLOSE AROUND MIDNIGHT. 


THURSDAY 02 MAY

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SLOW NIGHT

BAR OPEN / FREE ENTRY

5.30PM - 11.30PM

Clod Magazine DJs explore acoustic jazz eras, plus exotic, quixotic and rarified sounds, played on a record player and digital device. Bar open from 5.30. Events start from 7.30.


FRIDAY 03 MAY

Solid beats. Funk classics…

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THIXOTROPHY FUNK

FUNK

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE

Solid beats from a rhythm section of Funk Masters meet the melodic groves of a superior front line. An eclectic mix of 70s classics and refined originals does not fail to entertain funk and jazz lovers alike. If you like your Latins you will be soothed by some awesomely rare grooves. Whatever your condition, the sick sounds of Thixotropy will make you well again

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SATURDAY 04 MAY

Celebrating the album launch of…

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GABRIEL LATCHIN

JAZZ

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE

Pianist and composer Gabriel Latchin presents his new release The Moon and I. Continuing with the trio format for his second album as leader, Latchin is supported by a first-call London rhythm section - Dario Di Lecce and Josh Morrison on double bass and drums respectively. Long-time collaborators, the trio have developed a unique sound: a hard-swinging 1950s aesthetic married with the contemporary vision of Latchin’s compositions.

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SUNDAY 05 MAY

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


WEDNESDAY 8 MAY

Happy Shark Comedy presents…

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JOHN ROBINS

+ SPECIAL GUESTS

DOOR: 7PM

FOR TICKETS GO HERE

JOHN ROBINS
John is a comedian and broadcaster. He presents a weekly show on Radio X alongside friend and fellow comedian Elis James. 'The Elis James and John Robins Show' podcast has gained them a devoted following. In 2017 he won the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly The Perrier Award) for his show 'The Darkness Of Robins'. In 2018 he took the show on a 68 date UK tour which included a sell-out performance at London's Hammersmith Apollo. 

SPENCER JONES
Widely seen as one of the most innovative acts around, Spencer was nominated for the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award. Spencer will be trying out some new material as he prepares for another fringe run this year.

JACOB HAWLEY
Jacob has been tipped by many as the next young comic to break into the mainstream and we can't disagree!

KIERAN BOYD (MC)
Formerly a member of critically acclaimed sketch troupe, WitTank, Kieran has since been making a name for himself in his own right as terrific intelligent and sharp stand up.

FOR TICKETS GO HERE


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THURSDAY 09 MAY

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 10 MAY

And then there were eight…!

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BRASS MONKEYS

JAZZ (etc!)

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE

The Brass Monkeys are an eclectic improvising brassy band influenced by jazz, blues, reggae, country, free improvisation, soul, folk… Performing an exciting mix of original material and unusual classics, the band offers a reverent but iconoclastic take on the history of musical improvisation.

Featuring:
Chris Dowding and Charlotte Keeffe - trumpets/flugels 
Jim Rattigan – French horn
Annie Whitehead and Dave Amis - trombones 
Paul Jolly - saxes 
Ben Higham - tuba and occasional trumpet/flugel, leader 
Geoff Charlton/Olly Blackman - drums 

EMAIL TO RESERVE

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SATURDAY 11 MAY

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JULIAN COSTELLO

JAZZ

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE

It's an inventive, good- humored album full of warmth and humanity...The music encompasses free-form passages, flowing and often romantic melodies, insistent hook and inventive soloing.
All About Jazz

The Julian Costello Quartet released Transitions (33 Jazz Records) in 2017 to great critical acclaim. They have since toured the UK twice with Arts Council funding, were recently invited into the BBC studios in Oxford to perform live in session, performed in Paris and St Etienne and then toured Poland, Germany and Belgium in March.  

This concert is part of the Connections Tour of the UK in May/June.

Julian Costello - Saxes
Patrick Nayloy - Guitar
Michele Tacchi - Bass
Adam Teixeira - Drums

CLICK HERE TO HEAR | EMAIL TO RESERVE


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THURSDAY 16 MAY

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 17 MAY

A bit of Texas, a bit of Chicago, a bit of Stax and Chess…

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CINELLI BROTHERS

BLUES

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE

“One of the very best blues outfits you’ll hear in decades”
Music Republic Magazine

This band was born out of a passion for the electric Chicago and Texas blues from ’60s and ’70s. Marco Cinelli (guitarist, singer, composer) and his brother Alessandro Cinelli (drummer, singer) decided to form an explosive team at the service of an original repertoire in the style of Chess, Stax and Motown. So after countless shows in Paris, all over France and London, the Cinelli Brothers band was formed, and they recorded their first vinyl record "Babe Please Set Your Alarm" in the Soup Studio in London. This album comprises original compositions as well as a few covers, such as ‘Chain of Fools’ or ‘Back Door Man’ – which stays true to Willie Dixon’s number, as well as Prince’s ‘Kiss’, in a remarkable shuffle rhythm. The Cinelli Brothers; it's a new generation of passionate musicians of Blues, Soul, Rhythm and Blues and true lovers of the authentic sounds that have made the history of the blues. 

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SATURDAY 18 MAY

British new wave jazzers bring their new album…

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PARTISANS

JAZZ

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE

Partisans are celebrating the release of their new live album, Nit De Nit, on Whirlwind Records Label, recorded at The Vortex, London in September 2018.

Partisans are a real band – with a cult following in their native UK, 5 celebrated albums, including the award winning 'Swamp', years of performances around the globe, and known for bridging the gap between New York Swing, European Improv and UK Rock. The band has developed a distinctive sound of its own where the combination of each member’s influences feeds a genuine creative spark generating huge excitement and energy.

Since their formation in 1996, Partisans have been thrilling audiences the world over with their ferociously energetic performances of tightly knit themes and with great freedom coming from their years of playing together. 

Hailed as breaking the ground for the new wave of British jazz in the late 1990s, Partisans is co-led by two of the pre-eminent musicians of their generation, Phil Robson (guitars) and Julian Siegel (tenor sax & bass clarinet), the quartet's line-up is completed by Thaddeus Kelly (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums).

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THURSDAY 23 MAY

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 24 MAY

Local boys are back. All four(!) of them…

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THR3E

BLUES

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE

Thr3e returns to live action this month pending the release of their second album “Hey, Mr Bartender”.  It is the first record made by the new four-piece line up of the band.  This will be their third visit to The Bear Club, and once again, they'll again be stripping back some of the songs to an acoustic format but moving on to the full electric approach as the evening develops.  It is likely to be the first local appearance after the release of "Hey Mr Bartender", coming to The Bear via amongst other places, HRH Blues at Sheffield O2 in March and Lincoln Blues Festival in April.

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 25 MAY

“a game changer…”

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ANT LAW

JAZZ

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE

Described as “An innovator” and “A gamechanger” by The Guardian, British guitarist Ant lives in London. His debut album 'Entanglement' was released in 2013 to great acclaim, followed by 'Zero Sum World' in 2015. His band have toured extensively and their third album 'Life I Know' for Edition Records was released on the 9th of November 2018. It has been called “career defining”, and been received very warmly by critics. 

Tonight Ant is joined by Michael Chillingworth (alto sax/bass clarinet), Tom Farmer (bass) & James Maddren (drums) and they will be playing music from this album.

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WEDNESDAY 29 MAY

Knock Knock…

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SOUL FOOD POETRY

SPOKEN WORD

DOOR 7.15PM

TICKET OPTIONS VARY

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Soul Food Poetry is 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!

(Bear Club members get in touch
for your member discount code)


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THURSDAY 30 MAY

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 31 MAY

Rescheduled from December…

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RUBY & THE DUKES

ROCK N ROLL

DOOR 7PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE

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