We are honoured to have New Orleans Musical Ambassador and singer Lillian Boutté as a patron of the jazz festival. When Lillian was named “New Orleans Musical Ambassador” in 1986, she was the second jazz legend in the city’s history to be accorded this honour – the first having been none other than Louis Armstrong.
International jazz star, ECM recording artist, and Bristol resident Andy Sheppard is one of only a few British musicians to have made a significant impact on the international jazz scene. Andy has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz and is in huge demand for both his composing and his legendary live performances.
Pee Wee Ellis
Pee Wee Ellis was part of the greatest ever horn section, The JB’s, who toured, recorded and wrote for James Brown in the 60s and 70s, as well as working as musical director for CTI-Kudu records, the most popular jazz label of the 70s.
We were thrilled to welcome a new patron for 2015 – Fun Lovin Criminals’ frontman Huey Morgan.
Huey Morgan said, “For a musician, being a patron to a festival of such a high caliber is a honor and a privilege. And as a lifelong fan of Jazz and Blues music I will endeavour to bring a music that is the foundation of all the current genres around now to the forefront and champion it’s great and rich heritage while also supporting the young musicians who have chosen it as their path.”