WE’RE HIRING!

Job Opportunity for Marketing Manager (freelance). The Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival is looking for a self-motivated, energetic team player as Marketing Manager for the Charity’s annual March Festival, Education and Outreach touring work, and Winter Concert Series. Appreciation and knowledge of Jazz and Blues and related sub-genres is important and experience in the music industry …

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DOWNLOAD OUR PROGRAMME

Our new programme hit the streets this week. In the second edition of Blue Notes we talk to Mud Morganfield about his father Muddy Waters, we look at how the cult film Metropolis accurately predicted the ‘future’ and you’ll also find our newly released line-up of free concerts. Click here to download it as a …

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WELCOMING OUR NEW SPONSORS

This year’s festival is sponsored by Smith & Williamson and Ashfords. Accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson, and national legal and professional services provider Ashfords, will jointly sponsor the festival for the first time. Festival producer Colin Gorrie, said: “The Board of Trustees and Management are proud to welcome two leaders in …

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TOP PICKS FROM FESTIVAL HQ

The individual musical tastes of the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival team are best described using Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s immortal words – “You like potato and I like potahto. You like tomato and I like tomahto”. Each year we bring our diverging tastes together in the form of a festival line-up which celebrates all …

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Metropolis – The Future Now

By Owen Franklin  Premiered in Berlin in 1927, Metropolis was the most expensive film produced in Germany up until that point. With 36,000 extras, 200,000 costumes and costing 5m Reichsmarks it was the Titanic or the Avatar of its day. We may be a decade shy of 2026, the setting for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, but …

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Macy Gray Interview

Her music transcends genres, from experimental soul and alternative rock, to retro-disco and hip-hop…we’re delighted to welcome Macy Gray to this year’s festival. Her new album Stripped – featuring Wallace Roney and Russell Malone – has been hailed a triumph and she’s just won the award for Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2016 Independent Music …

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That’s My Boy

Mud Morganfield is not your average blues man. First-born son of McKinley Morganfield – better known as the King of Chicago Blues, Muddy Waters – Morganfield came into this world with riffs in his blood and some big shoes to fill. But it wasn’t until years after his father’s death in 1983 that he even …

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Download our 2017 programme

You can now download our programme HERE including full listings, schedules and interviews with Macy Gray, Bobby Shew and Charles Hazelwood.

Charles Hazelwood’s Top 10 Jazz Soundtracks

You can hear iconic soundtracks and scores from these and other films and TV shows at Sounds for Spies & Private Eyes – a movie and TV theme spectacular celebrating the spy, secret agent and cop shows that dominated both big and small screens in the ’60s and ’70s. Featuring Charles Hazelwood’s 21-piece jazz orchestra, Adrian …

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My Friend Dizzy

Trumpeter and flugelhorn player Bobby Shew first saw Dizzy Gillespie play in New York City in 1959. Then a shy teenager, Shew could never have dreamed that the man on stage he was too fearful to approach would one day become a friend, band mate and the godfather of his child. Jazz ignited something in …

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