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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Try something new in 2018…

We’d like to take a moment to wish you all a happy 2018! We hope you get to try something new this year and as the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival swings into its sixth year, we offer up an opportunity to do just that. Why not stretch yourself with one of our Masterclasses with musicians at …

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Our 2018 Line-up Revealed

We’re back with another jam-packed weekend of free and ticketed concerts, dancing, jam sessions and workshops from 15 to 18 March 2018. This year we present a dazzling programme of jazz and film commissions, an all-star line-up celebrating 50 years of Electric Ladyland and a host of both legendary and rising jazz and blues stars… From …

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2018 FESTIVAL LINE-UP

After many months of planning, we’re ready to release our 2018 line-up. We’ll be releasing our line-up to those who are part of our membership scheme on Wednesday 15 Nov – Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival members have exclusive access to our 2018 line-up. As well as priority booking, members are able take advantage of a 20% discount …

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Embrace the Chaos…

At Tongue Fu there is only one rule – no rehearsals. Everything that happens on stage, has to happen in the moment, in front of the audience. Risk is the fiery fabric with which we craft each show. I started the project ten years ago, with bassist, Riaan Vosloo, as a way of facing some …

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#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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