WATCH OUR 2015 FILM

It’s finally here! Relive the magic of the 2015 Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival with our official video, which features all the fire, spine-chilling magic and best-loved performances from the huge bill of international legends including Dr.John, Huey Morgan, Pee Wee Ellis as well as some of the brilliant workshops and free foyer gigs. This …

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Clarke Peters

2015 Line-Up Announced

We’re delighted to reveal the line-up for the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2015. Running from Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 8 with a programme of over 40 concerts, workshops and jam sessions, this year’s festival is set to be our best yet! On Friday March 6, hundreds of revellers will don their …

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2015 LINE-UP LAUNCH ON NOVEMBER 19

After months of planning, we’re ready to unveil the line-up for next year’s festival. We’d love for you to join us at Colston Hall on Wednesday, November 19 from 18:00 when we will reveal all. We’ve got some VERY special guests coming from New Orleans in 2015 and so much more to tell you, but …

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David Redfern Exhibition

We’re thrilled to have one of the world’s most highly acclaimed jazz photographers, David Redfern, exhibiting a selection of his favourite portraits at this year’s Festival. Beginning his career in the 60s, David has worked with many of the world’s most prolific performers, including Frank Sinatra who once exclaimed, “David, you’re one helluva photographer, keep …

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New Orleans Gospel Project with Lillian Boutté & Chris Barber

Inheriting the mantel of New Orleans’ Official Music Ambassador from Louis Armstrong, BIJ & BF patron Lillian Boutté will bring her glorious New Orleans’ Gospel Project to this year’s festival. Drawing on the energy, passion and excitement generated in Sanctified churches across the American south, Lillian’s dynamic stage presence will no doubt deliver an unforgettable …

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Photo by Sisi Burn

Learn from the masters with BIJ & BF’s “In Session With…” Series

Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, which takes place from March 7 to March 9, has launched a unique programme of music masterclasses. The festival’s “In Session With…” series will provide aspiring musicians of all levels and abilities with a unique opportunity to learn from the greats. Festival headliners including Pee Wee Ellis and Fred …

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The Meters’ Zigaboo Modeliste

One of the founding members of The Meters, Zigaboo Modeliste – the “King of the Funky Drummers” – set the beat that New Orleans grooved to for over a decade. Master Drummer, Rhythm-Innovator, Percussionist, and a New Orleans Legend, Ziggy is the most highly acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the Crescent City. Ziggy’s creativity …

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“The Night James Brown Saved Boston” screening

Join us on Friday 7th March at the Watershed for a special screening of “The Night James Brown Saved Boston” alongside a Q & A session with leaders of Brown’s revered horn section, Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley. “The Night James Brown Saved Boston” focuses on one of the most historic moments in Boston and America’s musical, …

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GALA DINNER

Join us for a New Orleans’ inspired feast at the award-winning Bordeaux Quay to kick off the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival in style! Featuring intimate performances by festival headliners Pee Wee Ellis & Fred Wesley, who were part of James Brown’s original line-up, and the magical and soulful Lillian Boutté! Mayor George Ferguson …

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IMELDA MAY ADDED TO LINE-UP

The powerhouse vocals of Imelda May will be joining the line-up for the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival, closing the Festival on 9th March with her gutsy blues and rock ‘n’ roll. The instantly recognisable look of May with her single Teddy girl curl, and her rockabilly-meets-blues sound have propelled May onto the stage …

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