OUR 2017 LINE-UP REVEALED

Our 2017 line-up has landed! We’re delighted to announce a stellar programme of events including Macy Gray, Quantic Live ft. Alice Russell, the world premiere of Andy Sheppard’s Metropolis live score, a big band tribute to the legendary Dizzy Gillespie led by his friend and fellow be-bop founder, Bobby Shew and ‘Sounds for Spies & Private Eyes’ …

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2017 FESTIVAL LINE-UP

After many months of planning, we’re ready to release our 2017 line-up. We’ll be releasing our line-up to those who are part of our membership scheme on Thursday, November 17th. As well as priority booking, Festival Members will also be able to take advantage of a 20% discount on all ticketed concerts during the presale. …

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WATCH OUR 2016 FESTIVAL FILM

We’re busy planning and plotting next year’s festival at the moment (more on that in November!) but here’s a flavour of last year’s Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival to get you in the mood for 2017. Enjoy!

VINTAGE MAKEOVERS

Heading to The Big Swing? Looking for an authentic look so you can dance the night away in true vintage style? Look no further! For one day only Heartfelt Vintage will be popping up at Colston Hall with their travelling vintage makeover booth and pop up shop ready to transform you into a swing dancing …

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SOUL SISTERS

We have an incredible line-up of world-class women headlining this year’s festival including Melody Gardot, Lisa Simone, Clare Teal and Claire Martin. Grammy nominee Melody Gardot’s extraordinary voice and rare combination of natural talent and musical sophistication hold audiences all over the world in the palm of her hand. Melody will open the festival on …

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WELCOME…THE KINGS OF FUNK!

We are unbelievably honoured to have three giants of the funk genre gracing our main stage this year. The names Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley stand tall as pioneers of funk in the 1960s. Taking their inspiration from the jazz masters of the ’40s and ’50s, they redefined the word ‘groove’ and have …

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MEET MACEO PARKER!

Maceo Parker is a man who needs little introduction. As the lynchpin of James Brown’s legendary JB’s, he produced some of the most enduring entries in the vast canon of American soul music and sowed the seeds of the funk revolution of the 1970s. Over the years he has collaborated with Prince, Ray Charles, Ani …

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DOWNLOAD OUR FULL PROGRAMME

We know how much you’re all looking forward to this year’s festival so you can now download our full programme HERE. The programme contains absolutely everything you need to know about Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival including ticketed events, free concerts and schedules. Stick the kettle on and start planning your festival!

Workshops

We’ve just launched this year’s workshop programme. Taking place on Saturday, March 19th at the Folk House and Colston Hall, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from some incredible artists including James Brown’s former bandmates Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, trombonist to the stars Dennis Rollins, best selling blues artist Aynsley Lister and Gary …

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60 SECONDS WITH MACEO PARKER

The name Maceo Parker needs little introduction. As the lynchpin of James Brown’s legendary JB’s, he produced some of the most enduring entries in the vast canon of American soul music and sowed the seeds of the funk revolution of the 1970s. It is almost impossible to separate which came first, Maceo or the funk. …

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