#CultureFlashSale

As the nights set in we are happy to be joining Bristol and Bath’s cultural venues in this annual event as we all slash ticket prices for a 24 hour flash sale! We are offering 10% off tickets for our Winter Concert Series event – Jimi Hendrix: Slight Return play Axis Bold as Love at Trinity Bristol. Join …

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WATCH OUR 2017 FESTIVAL FILM

Whilst we’re working away planning the 2018 festival, take a look at the fantastic 2017 highlights! We also got a short clip from the lovely guys over at BBC Radio 3/Jazz Now from the Yazz Ahmed performance. Check out the BBC Radio 3 site here   

PRIMARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS!

There’s something magical about swing. Its toe tapping, floor filling beats sparked a musical revolution a century ago, introducing jazz to the world through big band leaders like Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Swing has always been a big feature of Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival and now we’re bringing a special interactive workshop …

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WELCOME TO OUR 17/18 SEASON

Dear Friends, Now the dust has settled on our 2017 festival preparations for 2018 are now underway and we’re busy with fundraising and grant applications. Our aim for 2018 is to continue to build what we now believe to be a world-class event showcasing the best of jazz and blues in all its formats.  We …

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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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