Platform South at Colston Hall

The free foyer performances as part of the Festival have become as much a part of the life and soul of the festival as the incredible international musicians the event brings to the city each year. And, while Colston Hall’s venue spaces are closed for redevelopment and the festival continues its celebration of world-class jazz …

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Festival HQ Top Picks for 2019

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 six weeks to go, we …

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60 Seconds with Rebecca Nash

So you will present a new suite for Percussion and Electronics, which has been commissioned for the 2019 festival. How did that come about? Tell us a little bit more about the commission… After initial discussions with the festival team about how we could design a performance that would offer something a bit different to …

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Denny Ilett on Pee Wee Ellis with Strings ‘Ballads, Blues and Bossa’

At the Festival this year we will present a world premiere as legendary saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis realises a lifelong ambition to perform with a 12-piece string ensemble and jazz rhythm section. With brand new arrangements by Ilett you will see the “architect of funk” in a setting never heard before. We hear from Denny Ilett in …

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2019 Printed Programme has Landed!

See the full line up, calendar, free stage info, masterclass line up and artist interviews in our 2019 printed programme. Available in many of Bristol and Bath venues and cafes including our partners St George’s Bristol, Anson Rooms and O2 Academy Bristol. BOOK TICKETS 

Culture Flash Sale!

Culture Vultures get ready – largest ever 24 hr Flash Sale starts today! Quick-off-the-mark culture fans can save money with thousands of discounted tickets and offers in the Bristol and Bath 24-hour culture flash sale from 10am (Thursday 17 January). From music, theatre, art and museum exhibitions to club nights, family events and theatre classes, there …

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60 Seconds with Liane Carroll

Liane Carroll has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years and has dedicated her career to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song. She joins us at the Festival on Saturday …

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60 Seconds with Ant Law

Before his gig at the 2019 Festival we hear more from guitarist Ant Law. Ant also joined us at the 2018 Festival with Trio HLK and Dame Evelyn Glennie… Musically, what inspires you today? All good music inspires me! Guitaristically speaking, the bar seems to get higher and higher. There are so many younger players …

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Calling all artists!

Jazz South – Platform South Showcase at Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival 2019 Jazz South’s first touring programme – Platform South – is launching with a showcase of selected bands at Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival on 24 March 2019! Taking place in the foyer of Colston Hall, it will be a day-long opportunity for …

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2019 Highlights Flyer

See just some of the highlights from our 2019 line-up. Full details HERE.