SEPTEMBER 2014

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. 

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


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STRAIGHT NO CHASER

FRIDAY 12 SEPT

OPENING NIGHT. IT'S GONNA BE A PARTY!

Paul Jolly, infamous jazz player and the man behind 33 Records, Luton's long-time international jazz label, brings some 60s club jazz to our official opening night. Paul and friends did our test night back in February, and they're back now to open the place once and for all. 

DOOR: 7.00PM / MUSIC: 8.00PM

 £5 / £3 CONC / £0 BEAR KEEPERS

 

TINA MAY & FRIENDS

SATURDAY 13 SEPT 

Tina is our most welcome guest on opening weekend, a long time supporter of independent jazz, especially in Luton. It's an honour to have Tina bring her voice and a line-up of simply tremendous jazz musicians to the Bear's den, for a sit-down, intimate night of music. Featuring Clive Dunstall on piano, Nick Pugh on bass and Winston Clifford on drums. 

Tina has been a prominent part of the jazz scene since 1981 and won the BT British Jazz Award 1998 for Best Vocalist. A dusty soprano with a three octave range, she is a flexible, imaginative interpreter of both traditional and contemporary songs.

DOOR: 7.30PM / MUSIC: 8.45PM

TICKETS: £12 / £10 / £8 BEAR KEEPERS

BOOK HERE: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/287602

TICKETS ON THE DOOR SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY

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THURSDAY 18 SEPT

No live music currently scheduled. Bar open from 6pm. The records will be playin'. We'll send a smoke signal if anything changes. FREE ENTRY


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MANTRATA

FRIDAY 19 SEPT

Mantrata are a unique, eclectic fusion band formed by the bass player Tim Powell, who writes all the compositions. These are inspired by the ethnic musics of the Eastern Mediterranean, the Near East and Africa as well as modal jazz pioneers such as John Coltrane. 

The compositions consist of melodic themes - with bass and drums gripping a strong, driving groove throughout – which act as a basis for exciting and inventive improvisations.

Paul Jolly - Sax / Tim Powell - Bass Guitar / Mark Burr - Drums / Chris Doggett - Cello / Chris Stevens - Electric Guitar.

Formed in Luton last year, this band is fast-achieving cult status and are not to be missed.

DOOR: 7.00PM / MUSIC: 8.30PM

 £5 / £4 CONC / £0 BEAR KEEPERS

 

THE SOUND OF DAN

SATURDAY 20 SEPT

A relaxed night at the bar, featuring Dan Warwick on his six string bass, improvising and looping soundscapes, and generally making sounds that you don't normally hear coming from a bass guitar. 

DOOR: 7.00PM / MUSIC: 8.00PM

£5 / £4 CONC / £0 BEAR KEEPERS


PLAY IT AGAIN [MARK]

THURSDAY 25 SEPT

Some nights, the lights will be low, the drinks will be poured and the piano will be played.

Tonight, pianist Mark Ayles plays whatever's on his mind. 

OPEN FROM:6PM

FREE

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DOOR: 7.00PM / MUSIC: 8.45PM

TICKETS: £12 / £8 BEAR KEEPERS

BOOK HERE:

TICKETS ON THE DOOR SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY

THE GRAHAM ROBINS BAND + GUESTS

FRIDAY 26 SEPT

2008 Indie Award Nominee Graham Robins begins a regular residency at The Bear Club with his trusty band and the odd special guest, in an ever-changing programme of soul and blues. 

Graham is an outstanding and soulful singer songwriter who has performed at numerous festivals in the U.K. & Ireland including: Cambridge Folk Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, The North Devon Music Festival, The Castlebar International Blues Festival and The Westport Arts Festival.

He has opened shows for numerous artists including The Waterboys, Seth Lakeman, Glen Tilbrook, Georgie Fame and toured with Chris Farlowe. At London’s Borderline, as part of Shana Morrison’s 2007 U.K. Tour, they sang together on Van Morrison’s ‘Sometimes We Cry' to great acclaim and he was also part of Shana's 2010 U.K. & Ireland Tour.

"Graham Robins sounds as if he’s lived a thousand lives, and his album ‘The Shipping News’, a fusing of Blues, Celtic, gospel and folk, has a timeless quality to it"  - Adam Bates, Blues Matters


LE SWING ELECTRIQUE

SATURDAY 27 SEPT

One voice. One Guitar. Konni Deppe and Martin Slade's refreshing take on jazz standards (along with some jazz not-so-standards). 

German-born vocalist Konni Deppe was trained at the Guildhall School of
Music & Drama in London and the Institute for Jazz in Weimar. She
regularly performs abroad and in the UK, where she's worked with musicians
as diverse as trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, pianist Simon Wallace and The
Piccadilly Dance Orchestra.

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DOOR: 7.00PM / MUSIC 8.30PM

 £5 / £4 CONC / £0 BEAR KEEPERS