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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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So what does the 2014 line-up have to offer?

In March 2013 the very first Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, exploded onto the city’s music scene with over 6000 attendees. The follow up promises to be every bit as spectacular with a jam packed programme taking over Colston Hall for three days from March 7 to 9, 2014. So what does the 2014 …

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The Gershwin Spectacular ft. Jacqui Dankworth

Following on from our presentation of Duke Ellington’s Sacred works in 2013, this commission by BIJ&BF will feature the best of Gershwin’s songs in new arrangements by Ned Bennett and the Big Buzzard Big Band. This 17-piece orchestra will be enhanced by 3 choirs: The City of Bristol Choir, The North Bristol Wellbeing Choir and …

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The Big Band Swing Dance

Hall 1 will be transformed into a 1940s style ballroom for this very special event. Featuring 17 of the South West’s best musicians, the aim is simple; to recreate the golden era of Swing. This was the era when jazz music was pop music; when artists such as Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and …

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