Free Foyer Gigs

Throughout the weekend, there’ll also be an incredible line-up of free gigs in the Colston Hall foyer, with everything from the mesmerising melodies of Moscow Drug Club’s celebrated chanteuse Katya Gorrie and the intricate soundscapes of Dakhla, to the carnival spirit of Brass Junkies, a dynamic eight piece brass band inspired by the funky Mardi Gras sounds of the New Orleans street bands.

BRISTOL COMMUNITY BIG BAND
Based in Southville and under the direction of saxophonist/vocalist Trish Brown and trumpeter Jonny Bruce, this large ensemble of talented local musicians play authentic charts from the swing era and beyond.
FRIDAY 6 MARCH | 17:00 – 17:45

RICH O’BRIEN PROJECT
The Rich O’Brien Project merge grooves reminiscent of Marcus Miller and Soulive with ambient melodies that explore a range of musical styles. Their modern blend of Nu-Soul, Jazz, Funk, and RnB styles is one that appeals to astute listeners and dance floor goer’s alike.
FRIDAY 6 MARCH | 1:15 – 19:00

GREG CORDEZ QUINTET
Cordez is a composer/bassist writing in the tradition of Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington. His compositions for quintet utilise lush harmonies and rich, plaintive melodic lines cementing his place as one of the UK’s most respected jazz composers.
FRIDAY 6 MARCH | 20:45 – 21:15

MOLLY & THE KINGS
Making tidal waves on the Bristol jazz scene, Molly Miranda King is an extremely vibrant singer with a natural talent and unique tone, drawing on soul and gospel to enhance her distinctive traditional jazz sound. Molly’s songs range from contemporary soul, classic R&B to stunning ballads with a modern twist.
FRIDAY 6 MARCH | 19:30 – 20:15

THE HORNSTARS
Bristol University’s celebrated big band featuring the cream of Uni jazz talent in a mix of classic big band swing and modern pieces showcasing this emerging group of ensemble players and soloists perfectly.
SATURDAY 7 MARCH | 11:30 – 12:00

ANDY NOVAK TRIO
Drawing on influences ranging from the hard swinging Oscar Peterson trio through the pseudo classical inventions of Brad Melhldau to the melodic and atmospheric ideas of
e.s.t., the Andy Nowak trio play original compositions and interpretations of standards with effervescence and flair.
SATURDAY 7 MARCH | 12:30 – 13:15

MOONLIGHT SAVING TIME
Winners of the 2013 Emerging Excellence award from the Musicians Benevolent
Fund, Moonlight Saving Time combine bold improvisation with atmospheric grooves and world rhythms to create a unique sound in contemporary jazz.
SATURDAY 7 MARCH | 13:45 – 14:30

BRISTOL EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE
BEJE is led by trumpeter/composer David Mowat. A tasty dish with Swiss, Syrian, French, Italian and Swedish ingredients spiced by North American post-bop jazz.
SATURDAY 7 MARCH | 15:00 – 15:45

KATYA GORRIE PLAYS TOM WAITS
Moscow Drug Club’s celebrated chanteuse will sing new interpretations of her favourite Tom Waits songs, in this premiere performance prepared specially for the festival.
SATURDAY 7 MARCH | 16:15 – 17:00

DAKHLA
Dakhla play original music combining evocative harmonies, intricate rhythms and absorbing soundscapes. Featuring an unusual line-up of four horns plus drums, you won’t have heard anything quite like Dakhla!
SATURDAY 7 MARCH | 17:30 – 18:15

WILL EDMUNDS BAND FT: JOE WILKINS
The Will Edmunds band is a blues rock outfit from Bristol. Featuring original songs and their own interpretations of classic blues and rock, the band’s live performances are a tour- de-force.
SATURDAY 7 MARCH | 18:45 – 19:30

ANDY HAGUE QUINTET
Trumpeter Andy Hague presents a selection
of originals and lesser known standards with
a quintet of South West jazz superstars. “Their musicianship and togetherness are impressive, matching the fire of Art Blakey’s groups” – Musicians’ Union Magazine.
SATURDAY 7 MARCH | 20:00 – 20:45

BRISTOL JAZZ WORKSHOP
BJW is a community jazz group for adults coordinated and conducted by Andy Hague and Andrew Colman and are presented at Bristol Jazz and Blues festival for the first time.
SUNDAY 8 MARCH | 11:30 – 12:00

JIM BLOMFIELD TRIO
This trio bring an organic interplay and attention to musical detail in the interpretation of Jim’s varied and often intricate compositions. Eclectic colours of rock, drum and bass, Latin jazz and Jim’s training in classical piano blend with the more traditional flavours of contemporary jazz.
SUNDAY 8 MARCH | 12:30 – 13:15

VICTORIA KLEWIN QUARTET
Local soul chanteuse Victoria Klewin takes the stage with a top notch line up that delivers cool modern jazz with Victoria’s vocal gliding easily through a mix of original material and great numbers from jazz’s back catalogue.
SUNDAY 8 MARCH | 13:45 – 14:30

KEVIN FIGES OCTET
This exciting new project, with double sax, drums and vocals, features brand new compositions drawing heavily from the 1970s jazz scene. Influences include Miles Davis, Kenny Wheeler, Soft Machine, David Binney and the whole thing is probably best summed up as jazz prog rock!
SUNDAY 8 MARCH | 15:00 – 15:45

PUSHY DOCTORS
The Pushy Doctors prescribe a heady cocktail of compositions from the likes of John Coltrane, The Beatles, Neil Young and Pink Floyd with a healthy dose of Great American Songbook thrown in.
SUNDAY 8 MARCH | 16:15 – 17:00

INNES SIBUN BAND
This is blues-rock at its most high-energy and passionate. Ex Robert Plant guitarist Sibun and his group play blues, the whole blues, and nothing but the blues! “The best kept secret in British blues” – Classic Rock Magazine.
SUNDAY 8 MARCH | 17:30 – 18:15

THE RAWNESS
Alto sax supremo, and newly appointed ‘Bristol Music Ambassador’, James Morton returns to BJ&BF with his patent blend of soul, funk and gospel influences performed by a band of bona fide Bristol allstars.
SUNDAY 8 MARCH | 18:45 – 19:30

BRASS JUNKIES
The Brass Junkies are a dynamic eight piece brass band inspired by the funky Mardi Gras sounds of the New Orleans street bands. Whatever and wherever they’re playing, you can be certain this high-energy, good-time music will bring some carnival atmosphere to the place!
SUNDAY 8 MARCH | 20:00 – 20:45