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SEPTEMBER

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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. 


NOT BAD, EH?

WE ARE 4 YEARS OLD THIS MONTH.
COME DOWN AND CELEBRATE WITH US. 


SATURDAY 01 SEPT

P J Q

THE PAUL JOLLY QUARTET.

What better way to say Happy Birthday Bear, than with one of the Bear's true allies and co-founders. In fact, this ensemble represents some of the Bear's most regular players since day one. 

Head honcho of 33 Records and legendary saxophonist Paul Jolly (Straight No Chaser, Mantrata, People Band), brings his quartet back the Bear, 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


SUNDAY 02 sEPT

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 06 SEPT

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


FRIDAY 07 SEPT

THE MALONE SIBURN BAND

The UK based, Detroit soulful blues-rock star Marcus Malone teams up with explosive British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun to form The Malone Sibun Band.
Together, these two stellar musicians promise a powerful mix of rock, blues, soul and funk; underpinned by Malone’s soulful song-driven quality and triggered by Sibun’s high levels of intensity and inherent melodic feel. This is an exciting musical partnership, born of the same musical influences, and one that offers both musicians a broad canvas with which to work.

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


sATURDAY 08 JUNE

NICK COSTLEY-WHITE QUARTET

The Nick Costley-White Quartet combine their love and deep understanding for the jazz tradition with a truly fresh and modern aesthetic. The band’s repertoire draws on unique interpretations of songs from the jazz cannon as well as their own exciting and harmonically rich compositions. The band is comprised of some of the countries finest improvising musicians, led by guitarist and composer Nick Costley-White (Snowpoet, John Warren, Pete Hurt, Martin Speake) alongside Matt Robinson on piano (Corrie Dick, Gareth Lockrane), Conor Chaplin on double bass (Bobo Stenson, George Garzone, Laura Jurd) and Dave Hamblett on drums (Ivo Neame, Abram Wilson, Elchin Shirinov

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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THURSDAY 13 SEPT

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


"A killer band with real bite" 
- Jazzwise

FRIDAY 14 SEPT

Tony Kofi & the Organisation is a Hammond/guitar/ drums/baritone saxophone quartet playing a combination of high energy Modern Jazz, Latin, Blues and Funk including many rarely played classics by George Russell, Woody Shaw, Duke Pearson and others.

They have performed throughout London and the UK including at the Southbank Centre as part of the "Pull out the stops" festival of organ music. Their last gig at The Bear was a blistering sell-out. 

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


“...ISQ are a melting pot of genres – jazz, pop, acoustic and experimental, 
which all blend together to entrancing effect...”

- Time Out London Critics Choice

SATURDAY 15 SEPT

ISQ

ISQ are Irene Serra (vocals) and Richard Sadler (double bass). With Chris Nickolls (drums) and John Crawford (piano), they take a conventional jazz line up of vocals, piano, double bass and drums and add their own, very open, approach to their original music.

Revelling in live performance, they embrace “the song” as an improvisational framework to move into different – sometimes unexpected- sonic directions and moods. The band members have performed in prestigious venues such as the Barbican Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Union Chapel in Islington, Kings Place, the Hackney Empire and the National Theatre.

Their second studio album “TOO” was a Time Out London Critics Choice in 2015 and has seen them firmly establish a reputation as a formidable emerging force in terms of both creativity and performance. They will be previewing songs from their third album which will be released in early 2019.

“...singer Irene Serra has a strong stage presence and a compelling vocal tone, which she uses to great effect on original songs that defy categorisation... "  
- Jazzwise

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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THURSDAY 20 SEPT

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


FRIDAY 21 sEPT

NEVER THE BRIDE

In the very heart of the notorious London rock and roll scene exists a whirlwind duo of female energy and ecstasy.  Please meet Never The Bride.

Their live performance is to be held in awe, purely in anticipation of the live operatic architecture they consistently unfurl upon their willing audiences. Having invaded venues ranging from The Royal Albert Hall (on multiple occasions), playing alongside Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Paul Rogers and at Wembley Arena supporting The Who. 

They also relish the chance to play intimate venues like The Viper Room and The Green Note - and now The Bear Club. 

Roger Daltrey broadcast “Nikki Lamborn has the best female rock voice since Janis Joplin and I know what I’m talking about, I knew Janis”. The legendary Dame Shirley Bassey called the girls “inspirational”, they have performed shows for Cher and Liza Minnelli and Bob Harris from BBC Radio 2 referred to them as “one of the best live bands in Britain”. The ladies’ roll-call list is simply mind blowing – as are the stories they readily share.

Bristol born Nikki Lamborn carries the dynamo vocal lead, while Glaswegian, Catherine ‘Been’ Feeney asserts the ‘sonic art’ with keys and vocals.  Their raw, unfettered talent is undeniable and is enough to justify the impression the girls have left on audiences throughout Never The Bride’s 25 years of global domination.

Nikki also holds a successful reputation as a vocal coach; described as “the best I have ever known” by Beverley Knight and has appeared on TV as a vocal coach on BBC’s “Just The Two Of Us” and Channel 4’s “Faking It” series.

Never The Bride have released six studio albums to date, with their latest outing, due to be released later this year.

Their legendary career merely represents their journey so far – and remains a testament for what dangerously is yet to come.

www.neverthebride.com

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  

£12 / £10 / £8 (BK)

ADVANCE BOOKING: CLICK HERE

(MEMBERS, EMAIL TO RESERVE)


SATURDAY 22 SEPT

SIRKIS & BIALAS INTERNATIONAL QUARTET

 

The group is a fresh collaboration between Israeli and UK-resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis and Polish vocalist/composer Sylwia Bialas, drawing on influences such as contemporary classical, Polish folk and Middle Eastern music

The quartet features London-based Scottish bassist Kevin Glasgow, and the acclaimed Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards.

With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, you can expect soulful melodies, atmospheric songs with strong grooves and electro-acoustic jazz with an ethnic touch, thanks to their use of uncommon instrumentation and sound effects.

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM

£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


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THURSDAY 27 SEPT

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 


FRIDAY 28 SEPT

HARMLESS FUNK

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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


“If you’ve ever felt that the whole world is cross-threaded,
The Outsider is your kind of record”

- folking.com

SATURDAY 29 SEPT

MA POLAINE'S GREAT DECLINE


Now featuring Pete Flood on drums. 

Described as like “a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara”, blues and roots group Ma Polaine’s Great Decline continue to build a reputation as an intriguing and hard to pigeon-hole act, coming to The Bear Club promoting their highly anticipated second album, “The Outsider”. 
The latest record finds them tightening their unique sound whilst remaining decidedly easy and loose with the range of influences they draw from. Blues, jazz and country feature strongly, but what this duo admire most in others is individuality, artists who have been unafraid to be themselves musically and in attitude. 

Throughout last year Ma Polaine’s Great Decline toured the country, taking in the finest of intimate venues and enjoyed a busy festival season, culminating with triumphant sets at Towersey Festival and Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.

“haunting and compelling”
- Blues in Britain

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

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SUNDAY 30 SEPT

UNPLUGGED CORNER

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Quarterly guest programmed acoustic event showcasing the best in local singer/songwriter talent. 

HATTIE BRIGGS
Hattie Briggs is a 25 year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Recently named Fender Undiscovered Artist of the Year 2017, she won the prize of supporting Lucy Rose at the prestigious O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire. Inspired by James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley and Foy Vance, Hattie writes and sings straight from the heart. Her crystalline vocals, and insightful lyrics resonate across all ages, rekindling old memories and capturing imaginations. Combined with catchy melody lines and a cheeky, charismatic stage presence, it's unsurprising the youngster is seriously impressing industry figures and fans alike. She has supported some well known bands and artists, including chart topping duo, Ward Thomas, at the O2 London’s Brooklyn Bowl, Lauren Aquilina, Stornoway, Jamie N Commons, Seth Lakeman and Grant Nicholas (Feeder). 

JAY ALDRIDGE
Raised in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on a concoction of musical genres, Jay Aldridge brings forward an intricate acoustic style unlike anyone else. From catchy pop choruses to intimate emotional bridges, Jay incorporates a percussion based slap rhythm to his acoustic guitar, making his music stand out from the crowd.  With the success of his debut EP ‘Ideologies’ release including fan favourite ‘Oceans', Jay’s alternative percussive acoustic pop rock style is not to be missed.

SUNSINGER
Simon Gutteridge, aka Sunsinger, is a songwriter from Bedfordshire. Expect alt-country, folk and Americana-tinged songs with the odd hint of pop and tunes full of catchy melodies and soaring choruses. A disciple of Dylan, a believer of (Jeff) Buckley, and, fast running out of alliterations, a general fan of folk, his only aim is to lightly drizzle pleasant melodies unto your ears serving up foot-tapping ditties and wistful laments. 

JOE TURONE
As a songwriter and producer, Hertfordshire based music maker Joe Turone has spent years building a fan-base performing as a part of left-field duo Sid & Joe, in which he amassed tens of thousands of YouTube hits.. This chapter of his musical career came to a benevolent halt after successfully supporting Sir Bob Geldof and completing his Audio Engineering degree in London back in 2015. Showcasing personal and homely melodies fused with diverse instrumentals and introspective lyricism, Joe's solo debut album "Getting By" is the sound of someone shedding his skin and stretching into new musical territory.

DOOR: 6.45PM
MUSIC: 7.15PM  
£5 /£0 (BK)

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