60 seconds with William Goodchild

From the group that brought you ‘Sounds For Spies and Private Eyes’ comes Cult Fiction Live! Sounds from the Small Screen – a joyous frolic through the jazz and funk-laden world of TV themes and incidental music from the 60’s to the 80’s. Award-winning composer William Goodchild will be conducting the 30-piece orchestra for this …

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The ‘golden era’ of Jazz at Colston Hall…

Bristol’s flagship concert venue Colston Hall has a long, rich, and fascinating history when it comes to the presentation of world-class jazz. In their archives lay a treasure trove of concert flyers, posters, handbills, newspaper previews and reviews that represent a veritable who’s-who of Jazz history. Throughout the 1950’s and 60’s, local promoter Charles Lockier …

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Get the Blessing present Bristopolis Trailer

As Get the Blessing and John Minton gear up for Get the Blessing present Bristopolis we are given a sneak peak… Film and soundtrack especially commissioned by the BJABF with film footage kindly provided by Bristol Archives Film Archive: BROFA with additional footage from Martin Weitz of Focus Productions. Get the Blessing present Bristopolis is …

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WIN! The Golden Ticket is back!

Yes, you really could be Charlie in the jazz re-make of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Feast on a whole weekend of funk, blues, big band, swing and contemporary jazz, all free for you. Experience the premiere of Get the Blessings’ soundtrack to commissioned film Bristopolis, cut your best moves on the dance floor with Incognito, James Taylor Quartet, …

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Festival Top Picks

Each year we bring our diverging tastes together in the form of a festival line-up which celebrates all things jazz and blues – from swing to funk, bebop to blues, soul to rock ‘n roll. The team all look forward to very different parts of the festival and with just four weeks to go we bring …

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60 Seconds with John Minton

For the 2018 Festival award-winning filmmaker John Minton is teaming up with Get The Blessing to produce a film which examines and celebrates over a century of Bristol, captured on film by local people. We heard from John as he explores the archive footage in Bristol Record Office… What is Bristopolis? A collaboration between Get …

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60 Seconds with Asaf Sirkis

What was the last record you bought? Weather Report Live In Tokyo, 1972. Who/what are your musical inspirations? Allan Holdsworth, Olivier Messiaen (especially his organ works), Tony Williams, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, South Indian music and rhythms, progressive rock bands such as Yes & Genesis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and the musicians I play with. …

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Our 2018 Printed Programme has Landed!

You’ll find our new printed programme at Colston Hall this week – and any good venue or cafe as of next! Inside there are artist interviews with Clare Teal, Asaf Sirkis, Denny Ilett discusses the mkaing behind Electric Ladyland:  50 Years of Hendrix’s Masterpiece and you’ll also find our newly released line-up of free foyer concerts. …

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Denny Ilett on Hendrix

Ahead of the Festival, Artistic Director Denny Ilett explains what inspired him to arrange this iconic musician’s final studio album Electric Ladyland for a 16-piece ensemble, especially for the 2018 festival. The guitar feedback that opens Foxy Lady, the first track on Jimi’s first album, is a sound that changed my life. From then on I knew I …

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60 Seconds with Clare Teal

Do you remember the first record you bought? Yes I do – it was Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth. I actually wanted to buy hits of the 30’s as it had pictures of Duke Ellington and Fred Astaire on the front, but my parents were concerned about my obsession with old black and white …

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