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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MUSIC MASTERCLASSES: LEARN FROM THE GREATS!

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. …

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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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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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