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SEPTEMBER

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. 

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

BK = BEAR KEEPER (MEMBERS)

WE CLOSE AROUND MIDNIGHT. 


THURSDAY 01 SEPT

Lights low. Records playing. 

No live music currently planned, but we're still open for the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.


FRIDAY 02 SEPT

BRUNO HEINEN & THE ITALIAN JOB

Photo by Tony Brown

Photo by Tony Brown

A collective and forward looking trio formed in 2015, playing material written by each member of the group. The compositions have a unified written language stemming from the european jazz tradition. Heinen's roots in impressionistic classical music are complimented by Michele Tacchi's lyrical fretless sound and the wide dynamic range of Riccardo Chiaberta's sensitive approach to the drums. 

Bruno Heinen - piano
Michele Tacchi - bass
Riccardo Chiaberta - drums

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM        
£5 / £4 / £0 (BK)

 CLICK HERE TO HEAR


SATURDAY 03 SEPT

LAURA HOLLAND 

Laura Holland is an exceptional singer. Double-award nominated, she is inspired and energised by the classic sounds of Chess and Stax Records, including Otis Redding, Jimmy Reed, and many more. If you enjoy Imelda May, Billie Holiday or Etta James, you're sure to love Laura, whose "impassioned vocals delight" [The Blues magazine].

Tonight Laura appears with a glorious 6-piece band with trumpet and sax. Already featured on the covers of music magazines, Laura is an established festival favourite.  

 www.laurahollandband.co.uk

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SUNDAY 04 SEPT

LUTON DESCARGA PROJECT #7

Live Latin jazz music, from The Brant Tilds Quintet, plus the opportunity for musicians to jam with the group.  If you don't play, it's still a great way to spend a Sunday evening. 

This is a year long monthly Sunday project for The Bear Club. Details HERE.

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 7.30PM        
£5 / £4 / £0 (BK)


THURSDAY 08 SEPT

Lights low. Records playing. 

No live music currently planned, but we're still open for the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.


FRIDAY 09 SEPT

THE UNTOUCHABLES

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Champions of raw blues and swinging soul, The Untouchables base their sound on the great artists who recorded for Chess Records in the 50s. 
With a string bass, a vintage drum kit, a cranked guitar through a hot valve amp and a wailing harp, this band turns any venue into a rockin' juke joint. 

DOOR: 7.00pm
MUSIC: 8.30pm

£7 / £6 / £3 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 10 SEPT

JOHN EMIL

 

John Emil Montagnino, an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, and a master of slide guitar, has delivered show stopping performances at major music festivals like the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest and the 2012 Zoetemeer Blues Festival in the Netherlands.

We're thrilled to have John visit us during his brief tour of the UK. Expect a night of blues and American roots music, traditional and original compositions, played on acoustic Hawaiian Lap steel guitar and Dobro. 

CLICK HERE TO HEAR

DOOR 7PM
MUSIC 8.30PM
£5 / £4 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


WEDNESDAY 14 SEPT

HAPPY SHARK COMEDY PRESENTS... ANGELOS EPITHEMIOU, BARRY FROM WATFORD & MORE

DOOR 7PM / SOLD OUT


FRIDAY 16 SEPT

DEL BROMHAM'S BLUES DEVILS

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Del Bromham is best known for his work as singer/guitarist/songwriter for the now legendary UK band STRAY.

However Friday 16th September, Del will be bringing his solo project known as Del Bromham’s Blues Devils to The Bear, Luton

Del Bromham’s Blues Devils, like a chameleon, can take many forms, from a basic guitar bass and drums three piece, up to a seven piece band which often features his good friend and fabulous vocalist Cherry Lee Mewis. Cherry featured on his last studio album titled ‘Nine Yards’ which received excellent reviews by the music press and fans alike. 

For the performance at The Bear, Del’s Blues Devils will play as a trio featuring Stuart Uren on bass guitar and Karl Randall on drums. Del will start the show playing a selection of songs on acoustic guitar building to the electric guitar trio format.

Del Bromham’s Blues Devils have recently played some major festivals going down a storm at every show.

 

“In the late 60’s the first wave of guitar idols were usually Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, or Jeff Beck. Bromham’s work must be re-appraised as he clearly slipped through the net.”
- The Encyclopedia of Rock

CLICK HERE TO HEAR

DOOR 7PM
MUSIC 8.30PM
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 17 SEPT

MA POLAINE'S GREAT DECLINE

Following the 2015 release of debut album “Got Me Out Of Hell”, blues and roots influenced Ma Polaine’s Great Decline continue to build a reputation as an unique and hard to pigeon-hole act, with the live show drawing curiosity and emotion with inventive song-writing and on-stage instrument changes. 

Described as “like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones recording session”, with a sound that “wouldn’t be out of place in a speakeasy or the Left Bank”, “Got Me Out Of Hell” has received high praise from radio presenters and reviewers alike, with all nine tracks getting radio play across the UK.  

Recently Ma Polaine’s Great Decline were nominated for a British Blues Award, were winners of the Reveal Records emerging artist competition, and 2014 EP release title track “Suffer It Well” was a semi-finalist in the international song writing competition.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR

DOOR 7PM
MUSIC 8.30PM
£5 / £4 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


THURSDAY 15 SEPT

Lights low. Records playing. 

No live music currently planned, but we're still open for the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.


FRIDAY 23 SEPT

FOCUS ON JAZZ PRESENTS...

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The UK’s premier female vocalist on the underground soul scene comes to Luton promoting her new album “Second Time Around.” Having played at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, London’s Jazz Café as well as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Natasha is making a rare appearance with a full live band. 

CLICK HERE TO HEAR

Support is provided by Luton’s own Jonathan Morris. The keyboardist and composer is making his live debut and is performing a range of jazz and gospel favourites.


This show will undoubtedly be another sell-out for Focus on Jazz @ The Bear Club so make sure you don’t miss out and secure your tickets early. 

DOOR 7PM
MUSIC 8.00PM
£18 ADVANCE / £22 ON THE DOOR / £15 (BK)

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


“There’s an exhilarating tight-loose swing and old-school honestly about
Price’s brand of soul-bop that leaves you panting” – Mojo

SATURDAY 24 SEPT

NIGEL PRICE TRIO

The Nigel Price Organ Trio, winner of the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards for ‘best jazz ensemble’ is led by one of Britain’s finest guitarists.
Nigel Price is a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s where he has racked up over 500 performances. He spent three years with the James Taylor Quartet and has performed with the BBC Big Band, Carleen Anderson and the legendary David Axelrod. His blend of flowing, fiery bebop lines, deep blues feeling and his will to swing hard has made him a big hit with jazz audiences everywhere. He is joined by legendary drummer Steve Brown and the incredible organist Ross Stanley.


“The real thing” – London Jazz News
 

DOOR 7PM
MUSIC 8.30PM
£10 / £9 / £5 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SUNDAY 25 SEPT

JAZZ JAM

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)


THURSDAY 29 SEPT

Lights low. Records playing. 

No live music currently planned, but we're still open for the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town.


FRIDAY 30 SEPT

RENATO D'AIELLO

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Renato D’Aiello has become known as one of the strongest and most beautiful saxophone sounds around.  His treatments of jazz standards, and originals, both live and on cd, have won great admiration from audiences and the press. 

Since July 2010 Renato has been running a very successful Monday night upstairs at Ronnie Scott's in London and he performs regularly at Pizza Express Dean Street in London and many other of the best clubs in UK. Back in quintet form after his sell-out Bear gig last year. 

Deelee Dubé - Vocals
Renato D’Aiello - Tenor Sax
Gabriel Latchin - Piano
Joe Downard - Bass
Alfonso Vitale - Drums

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE