Andy Sheppard’s Hotel Bristol
“ a kicking groove orientated band playing all original music bursting with melody and high energy improvisations, straight out of the Scofield/Lovano legacy.”
Sheppard formed this band with Denny Ilett in Bristol so as to have a Bristol based band to take to the Tbilisi International Jazz Festival in Georgia as part of an exchange programme with Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival. This concert was a resounding success and the band has gone on to play many storming gigs around the UK. Hotel Bristol also headlined at London Canary Wharf Festival in the summer 2014 and Liverpool International Jazz Festival 2016.
“I specifically wrote over an hour of new music for this line up with the special talents of the individual musicians in mind (Percy’s trumpet playing is our secret weapon!)
I love playing with this exciting band – the perfect foil to my ECM Quartet.”
“‘I could have listened to that music all night’.” the jazzmann
The original line-up saw Sheppard joined by Denny Ilett on guitar, Percy Purglove on bass & trumpet and Dylan Howe on drums, it has since then been used as a platform to play and collaborate with other emerging musicians from the UK’s Jazz Scene. Mark Whitlam has been recently taking the seat on drums, Will Harris has stepped up several times on bass (including at the concert in Tbilisi International Jazz Festival) and Matt Hopkins gave fantastic contributions on guitar during recent performances.
It is part of Sheppard’s modus operadi to constantly develop new musical partnerships and to collaborate with musicians from around his hometown of Bristol. This band has been the perfect display of this tradition.
The songs written with this band in mind have been brought to life on many other occasions as being Sheppard’s chosen repertoire to develop in special one-off concerts with musicians around Europe. For example during the Torino Jazz Festival in 2015 a wonderful project entitled Andy Sheppard’s Smut saw the saxophonist using this repertoire with three young Italian musicians from the region and some of the material can also be heard in a duo form with Italian guitarist Marco Tindiglia.
Hotel Bristol performing at Tbilisi International Jazz Festival in Georgia