Jazz Dames – November 12th

Seven of Bristol’s very best female vocalists join forces for this special show at St George’s commemorating the legacy of Jazz Dames like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan. Backed by the George Cooper Trio – Emily Wright, Tammy Payne, Katya Gorrie, Nadine Gingell, Lucy Moon, Molly King and Victoria …

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That’s all folks!

We’d just like to say one GIANT big fat thank you to every single one of you, for making Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival 2015 by far our best year yet! To all of you lovely Bristol people, you stylish jazz-heads, you saucy swing dancers and those of you who travelled cross-country to be there …

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Fringe Festival: Watershed film screenings

As part of our Fringe Festival line-up this March, we’re screening two fabulous films at the Watershed in Bristol. An Evening With The King Of Jazz Though best known for his immortal recordings and live performances, Louis Armstrong was also a popular presence in films, appearing in over 30 movies in his storied career. Ricky Riccardi, …

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The Fringe Festival

This year, we’re going big! Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival has now expanded to also include a ‘fringe’ programme in venues across the city to embellish the main festival line-up. We’re proud to include dedicated promoters who put on jazz and blues events throughout the year, and they’ve put together a fantastically varied roster …

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The Louis Armstrong Story: history in the making

If The Louis Armstrong Story concert isn’t already on your radar, it should be. Quite simply, this special show is going to make history. On 7th March, nearly 2,000 people will hear the stuff of legends, some of Louis Armstrong’s big band arrangements which haven’t been heard in over 60 years. Ricky Riccardi, archivist at the Louis …

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Try something new! FREE swing dance classes

Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival has the perfect antidote to winter blues, guaranteed to put a spring into your step this February! We’ve teamed up with Swing Dance Bristol to treat you to two completely free swing dance taster lessons. In these fun and easy classes, suitable for beginners, you’ll learn all the essential swing …

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Huey Morgan

Welcome, Huey!

We are thrilled to welcome a new patron to the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival family, and it’s none other than Fun Lovin’ Criminal Huey Morgan! Huey Morgan said, “For a musician, being a patron to a festival of such a high caliber is a honor and a privilege. And as a lifelong fan of Jazz and …

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This March we’ve got a stellar programme of music masterclasses organised, so you can learn all the tricks of the trade from some of the world’s greatest artists!  Rock out on sax with Andy Sheppard, pick up tips from Funk legend Pee Wee Ellis or learn to play the blues with Matt Schofield – these are truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences, suitable for all abilities. …


Join our huge Cartoon Jazz chorus!

Fancy singing your heart out to some classic family movie soundtracks? If the answer’s yes, we need you! On Saturday, March 7 the Big Buzzard Boogie Band along with special guest soloists and a HUGE chorus will raise Colston Hall’s roof with Cartoon Jazz! From the The Jungle Book to Frozen, Mary Poppins to Toy …

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Carleen Anderson just added!

We’re thrilled to announce that Carleen Anderson will headline Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, March 7. One of the most powerful vocalists today, 2013 Jazz FM UK Vocalist
of the Year Carleen Anderson
 has been a favourite of audiences and fellow artists alike for over
 two decades. The American soul singer counts Boy …

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