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!

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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60 Seconds with Lisa Simone

Lisa Simone is her own woman: a chanteuse whose ability to transcend genres echoes the tradition of her mother – musical icon and pioneer Nina Simone. Blessed with a rich vocal range, an innate skill for lyrical interpretation and a soul-deep understanding of music as a means of healing, empowerment and celebration, Lisa will perform at …

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2016 LINE-UP ANNOUNCED!

We’re back with another jam-packed weekend of free and ticketed concerts, dancing, jam sessions and workshops from March 18th to March 20th. This year’s line-up of over 50 concerts takes us on a toe-tapping journey through a century of jazz and blues: starting off with the birth of jazz in New Orleans and the great blues …

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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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