Free Foyer Gigs


Bristol Cathedral School Gospel Choir

Bristol Cathedral Choir School is a Music Specialist Academy in the heart of the city which nurtures, develops and inspires all students to achieve their best both academically and musically.


Kim Cypher Quartet

Mike and Kim Cypher

Inspired by the funkier side of jazz and having studied alongside Pee Wee Ellis and Andy Sheppard, Kim’s style of performance is best described as funky saxophonist meets 1940s jazz singer, performing music spanning many genres with a quirky,
jazzy twist, packaged up in a captivating performance and warm stage presence.


The Hucklebuck

The Hucklebuck are a five-piece band playing straight ahead blues, with original interpretations of traditional electric styles, from early jump blues to later Texas and Chicago material, all played with real authenticity and swing.


Run Logan RunRun Logan Run

Run Logan Run is a collaboration between drummer Dan Johnson and saxophonist Andrew Hayes. Taking cues from the British Punk Jazz scene and utilising extended breathing techniques and special FX they create music that is both beautiful and brutal.



Treble Bass (Bristol Free School jazz band) – 17:00-17:45

Wells Cathedral School Jazz Combo


The Bristol Community Big Band

The Bristol Community Big Band is an energetic local ensemble, made up entirely of non-professional musicians, playing a wide repertoire of swing, jazz, blues and Latin big band classics. Led by musical director Jonny Bruce, known throughout the country as an outstanding trumpet player.



One of the first Bristol-based outfits to embrace the new wave of Gypsy swing-based music Bartoune remain both distinctive and ahead of the curve thanks to their years of musical experience and an unusual instrumental line-up. Sizzling guitar, rounded double bass and ear-catching baritone saxophone ensures that the music is firmly rooted in its Parisian history, albeit with a yen to wander off around the Mediterranean and pop into North Africa from time to time.


Ruby Two Shoes

Ruby Two Shoes CROP

Specialising in vintage style – both with their music and their look – Ruby Two Shoes play classic songs from the ‘30s and ‘40s with a bit of pop thrown in for good measure. This swinging six piece are guaranteed to get
an audience tapping their toes and jiving around the dance floor!


Swing Sisters

The Sisters of Swing is a Bristol-based all-woman big swing band with over 20 members. Their unique sound is down to the special blend of woodwind and brass coupled with a strong rhythm section and powerful vocals from Julie Patchouli. Fitzgerald, Miller, Basie, Ellington and other icons of swing feature in their set.



Bristol Cathedral School Big Band – 12:00-12:45

Members of the Wells Cathedra School jazz band perform at Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival 2016.

Craig Crofton

Craig Crofton is a leading tenor and soprano saxophonist who has sessioned with artists like Kasabian, Nittin Sawney, This is The Kit, and Mr Benn and shared a stage with jazz greats including Wynton Marselis, Maceo Parker, Dr Lonnie Smith, John Faddis and Pee Wee Ellis.


The Sneakers

Drawing from a diverse range of material this flexible combo is able to move from Beck influenced ‘70s fusion to more ethereal textures and use of effects. Expect an eclectic mix of guitar based instrumentals, fiery improvisation and unpredictable covers that is guaranteed to inspire and entertain.


Feelgood Experiment

Feelgood Experiment RS

Six-piece soul-hop collective Feelgood Experiment features the best of Bristol’s blossoming young music scene. Combining a love of jazz, soul, Afrobeat, hip-hop and R&B, they concoct bewitching tunes with complex rhythmic counterpoint and irresistibly groovy harmonic lines.


Jim Blomfield Trio

Jim Blomfield (Piano/Keyboards), Roshan ‘Tosh’ Wijetunge (Bass) and Mark Whitlam (Drums) are three individual voices with a wealth of experience on the UK jazz scene. The trio has developed an organic level of dynamic interplay and performs original contemporary compositions drawing on diverse influences and musical styles.



Snazzback’s songs play with undulating jazz improvisation, shimmering Afro-Cuban rhythms and deep soul/funk grooves. Having hosted several impromptu street- parties last summer, the five-piece street- jazzers are now between street and stage, poised to bring their new grooves inside.


Julien Alenda Trio

French sax player Julien Alenda is joined by two Italian musicians who have become well established on the Bristol scene: Pasquale Votino (Bass) and Paolo Adamo (Drums). Playing original compositions and standards with their own arrangements and only one rule: interplay built on strong grooves, melodic lines and acid sound.



Jack Baldus

This eight-piece funk and soul ensemble is headed up by keyboardist Jack Baldus. Featuring all original compositions, the sound is a throwback to the psychedelic funk of the ‘70s, yet feels fresh as the proverbial daisy. Featuring keys, vocals, talkbox, guitar, bass and horns, Jackson also showcases the five-time UK DMC champion DJ Asian Hawk.



Wells Cathedral School Jazz Ensemble

Members of the Wells Cathedra School jazz band perform at Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival 2016.

Wells Cathedral School offers world-class musical training with a specialist pathway for those wishing to study jazz and improvisation. Visiting artists include Pee Wee Ellis, Iain Ballamy, Ralph Salmins, Laura Jurd, Nick Malcolm and Ernie Watts. Students featured in the band are about to take up places at London music colleges.



Chimera is a project consisting of David Pendleton (vocals), Ruth Hammond (keys and vocals), Valere Speranza (bass), Charlie Stratford (drums) and Gary Alesbrook (trumpet). The music focuses on the jazz standards of the golden age of jazz (1925- 1950), so no wild experimentation there but some of the finest songs ever written brought to you by a great singer and a hard swinging band.


Ruth Royall

Ruth Royall is an experienced and extremely accomplished vocalist. Ruth will be performing with her quartet featuring Anders Olinder, Andy Tween and Charlie Allen. Gary Alesbrook will also be joining them on some feature tunes.


Andy Nowak Trio

The ANT captivate audiences with their enthralling combination of powerful themes, subtle interplay and raw beauty. The combination of truly original compositions and striking re-workings of well-known material is fast becoming a hallmark of this highly empathic and musically adventurous trio.


The Rich O’Brien Project

The Rich O’Brien Project is a formidable nu- soul/jazz/funk outfit playing the beautiful and charismatic compositions of bass player Rich O’Brien. Their recent “Flight” E.P, featuring Victoria Klewin on vocals, offers a modern blend of heavy grooves with soul- drenched vocal melodies reminiscent of smoke-filled jazz clubs.




Katya Gorrie plays Tom Waits in Swordfishtrombone. The chanteuse from Moscow Drug Club has assembled a fantastic line up of Bristol all-star musicians for a new project exploring the world of Tom Waits. Selected music and words from the early years up to his recent recordings, this show is not to be missed.


Ed Leaker Quartet

Trained at London’s Royal Academy of Music, Edward’s original tunes represent a wide range of influences from contemporary smooth jazz to soul and funk. The band also features Jerry Crozier-Cole (guitar), Andy Tween (drums) and Mike Isaac (bass).


James Morton’s Groove Den

James Morton RS

James Morton is one of the most exciting saxophone players of his generation. Following on from James’ latest critically acclaimed release “The Kid” launched July 2016. James’ Groove Den features London based guitarist Tony Remy backed by Anders Olinder (keys), Flash (bass) and Arjun Magee (drums) playing some new repertoire with jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop influences to be released late 2017.