Platform South Showcase 2019 was a partnership between Colston Hall and Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival. The generous collaboration with a world-class concert hall and a national jazz festival enabled Jazz South to launch its inaugural programme for supporting artists and promoters across the south.
Bristol audiences flowed into Colston Hall foyer to see the six selected bands for the Platform South scheme – showing their appreciation from the floor, the bar and all three levels of the building during the afternoon! We were delighted that a couple of reviewers also popped in to sample the showcase – here’s what they captured:
Sunday offered a bonus free stage back in the Colston foyer, organised by Jazz South, which was opened by Kate and Mike Westbrook’s Granite Suite, a swerving collage of musical stylings built around Kate’s Dartmoor-themed poetry. Kate’s vocal trademarks were there – growling and howling one moment, stately declamations the next, while the jazz rock music jumped through Hendrix flavoured metal, Weillian cabaret and free jazz blowing. (Tony Benjamin, Bristol 247)
The still-functioning foyer space hosted a Jazz South band showcase including [Iain] Ballamy’s quartet, with [Huw] Warren standing in for regular pianist Jason Rebello. Their short set confirmed impressions from earlier shows in Bristol and Bath that this foursome – with Percy Pursglove on bass and sought after Bristol drummer Mark Whitlam – is an exciting new unit that deserves a long life. (Jon Turney/Peter Slavid, London Jazz News)
Images – Glen Jevon (except for Soweto Kinch – Tamsin Mendelsohn)