These artists will be performing in Colston Hall Foyer, Bristol across the weekend (15-18 March) and all events are free and open to all. There will also be market stalls including food.
Plus, each night of the festival, the Jam Sessions are back at Bambalan! A swinging house band led by trumpeter Nick Malcolm will kick off with a short set at 10.30pm, after which experienced musicians and vocalists are most welcome to come and sit in.
THURSDAY 15 MARCH
THE BRISTOL HORNSTARS
Thursday 15 March, 5.30pm
Established in 2007, The Bristol Hornstars are the University of Bristol’s auditioned big band. Their repertoire consists of an eclectic mix of jazz, funk and modern classics. This summer they will be touring the Costa Brava region of Catalonia.
UNDERSCORE…..SOUNDS OF THE TIMES
Thursday 15 March, 6.45pm
An exploration of ’70s library music from the vaults of De Wolfe and KPM. Musical director Kevin Figes has transcribed 25 tunes by the UK’s most famous library music labels, with a mixture of funk, bossa nova, rock, horror… You name it , its probably there!
BRISTOL EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Thursday 15 March, 8pm
Bristol European Jazz Ensemble present EuRIP a story of post-war Europe through ensemble members’ eyes in jazz and spoken word. David Mowat trumpet/flugel composer spoken word, Daan Temmink kb, Paolo Adamo drums, Pasquale Votino bass, Len Aruliah alto sax/ soprano.
Thursday 15 March, 9.15pm
Groovelator have been bringing fresh, elated Groove music to venues up and down the country since 2015. The band features virtuosic Hammond Organist John Paul Gard, Tom Gilkes on drums and Mark Lawrence on guitar with repertoire taken from Funk and Soul classics, Blues, Gospel and Jazz.
FRIDAY 16 MARCH
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Friday 16 March, 5 pm
SoGYJO is run by South Gloucestershire Music Hub and is open to any students up to age of 19 in full-time education of approximately Grade 5 upwards. Its aim is to provide members with exciting and challenging repertoire both old and new.
ZOË SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION
Friday 16 March, 6.15pm
The whole band, in its entirety, creates a luxurious and irresistible sound, displaying great skills and artistic finesse. Zoë Schwarz’ dynamic and commanding vocal delivery is both eclectic and suave at the same time; just like a chameleon, one part Janis Joplin, one Billie Holiday, and one Nina Simone”.
Friday 16 March, 7.30pm
Fronted by captivating jazz vocalist Lucy Moon; Paper Moon is a swinging quintet bursting with energetic swing, effortless repartee and classic tunes from the swing era. The band was created with swing dancing in mind, whilst offering rhythms that would convince even the most determined of non-dancers to shake a toe or two… possibly even a leg.
Friday 16 March, 8.45pm
Splitting his time between Bristol and New York City, bassist/composer Greg Cordez returns to the Bristol International Jazz Festival with a new project and material to debut. Featuring the talents of Sam Crockatt, Nick Dover, Tony Orrell, Steve Banks, this recent work is informed by time, location, and changes of circumstance.
Friday 16 March, 10 pm
Drawn together by a shared love of the music of Bonnie Raitt, this band, fronted
by vocalist Caroline Tarbuck, have been exploring her vast and varied back catalogue for the past four years, and have enjoyed playing numerous gigs and festivals in and around the West Country.
SATURDAY 17 MARCH
Saturday 17 March, 12.30pm
Treble Bass are a jazz band made up of skilled musicians aged between 13 and 17 from Bristol Free School in Westbury-on- Trym. Formed in 2016, the band is made up of enthusiastic jazz fans who play a range of fun standards and even some of their own original songs.
BRISTOL UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Saturday 17 March, 1.45pm
A lively big band with a wide-ranging repertoire of jazz, latin, and funk music. This year the band have played at venues across Bristol and are excited to bring a set of the finest big band charts to the Festival. With classic tunes from the likes of Buddy Rich and John Coltrane plus brand new arrangements. Includes vocalists, a rhythm section, and a roaring set of horns.
Saturday 17 March, 3 pm
Kevin Brown is celebrating the recent release of his 15th solo album ‘Grit’. Featuring his road band the album explores the many aspects of the blues. His recent residency in Clarksdale Mississippi has brought
a new vibrancy to his work and todays show highlights material inspired by his experiences in the Delta, accompanied by his band ‘The Shackdusters’.
Saturday 17 March, 4.15pm
Victoria Klewin is a well-known name on the jazz and blues scene for good reason. A versatile vocalist whose beautiful tone, lyrical delivery and emotional poise makes the standards sparkle. This year she is paying homage to the great composer Hoagy Carmichael.
Saturday 17 March, 5.30pm
Sefrial is an inventive project, influenced by John Zorn and Medeski Martin and Wood, Sefrial creates original music crossing an eclectic range of genres from Jazz to Rock. This project features some of Bristols top players including the brilliant Jake McMurchie (tenor sax), Sophie Stockham (alto sax), Joe Wilkins (guitar), Greg Cordez (bass) & Matt Brown (drums).
Saturday 17 March, 6.45pm
High energy blues from ex-Robert Plant guitarist, Innes has graced the stages of festivals and clubs throughout the world for many years now and continues to captivate audiences with his emotionally charged performances. With Tim Blackmore – piano, Kevin O’Rourke – drums, Andrew Maggs – bass.
Saturday 17 March, 8 pm
Take a classic funk base and spice it up with a pinch of freshly ground jazz, a heaped teaspoon of psychedelic guitar and a huge bunch of finely chopped brasswork and you might come close to the big, big sound of Wasabi, nine-strong and firing on all cylinders.
Saturday 17 March, 9.15pm
Tezeta combines experimental jazz, cinematic soundscapes and collective improvisation. They initially formed to play music from ‘The Ethiopiques Volumes’. Since then they’ve evolved under band leader Daniel Inzani, creating original material which references the 70s Ethio- jazz sound, combined with fusion, polyrhythms and cinematic textures.
SUNDAY 18 MARCH
BRISTOL JAZZ WORKSHOP
Sunday 18 March, 12.30pm
BJW must be one of the country’s longest established education projects. Current tutors are Andy Hague and Andrew Colman. Over the years many bands have formed through this group, and several younger players have used the sessions to hone their skills before heading off to music colleges and Universities.
BRISTOL COMMUNITY BIG BAND
Sunday 18 March, 1.45pm
Made up of non-professional musicians from all over 20 postcodes, BCBB is a fun-loving and inclusive group who really put the big
in big band. They’ll be playing an up-tempo swinging set from Count Basie to Benny Carter, so come on down and bring your dancing shoes!
Sunday 18 March, 3 pm
Born and brought up in Bristol, singer/ songwriter Sara Colman has enjoyed appearances at UK and European jazz festivals, BBC Late Night Proms with both Laura Mvula and NYJOS and as one-third of the CCB Trio with Liane Carroll and Sophie Bancroft. Sara’s 2nd solo album is released in May.
WE ARE LEIF
Sunday 18 March, 4.15pm
We Are Leif deftly span the balance of jazz sensibilities of Nu-Soul, R’n’B and Down Tempo genres. Louise Victoria’s voice sits comfortably alongside the company of Gretchen Parlato, Jill Scott and Becca Stevens.
Sunday 18 March, 5.30pm
Bristol-based Slate Trio play guitarist Neil Smith’s compositions; influences varying from African music to Tortoise and Wayne Krantz. Members Neil Smith, Matthew Jones and Pete Gibbs also play together, in Tezeta and The Brackish.
Sunday 18 March, 6.45pm
A Bath/Bristol quintet delivering a jazz-infused blend of Levantine mystery and Latin rhythms, expressed in original compositions with a world music flavour. Following the sad passing of founding violinist Nina Trott, the band has recently been rebooted with the dynamic Craig Crofton on saxophone.
Sunday 18 March, 8 pm
A dynamic & versatile brass band featuring some of Bristol’s’ finest jazz musicians. They perform New Orleans style jazz, pop and funk classics in the tradition of American street bands such as The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Soul Rebels and The Rebirth Brass band.
Sunday 18 March, 9.15pm
Jack Baldus is a well-regarded regular performer on the Bristol and Southwest music scene. The live band line-up is ever changing, however, one constant joining Jacks intense Jazz-Funk show is veteran 5-time DMC champion – DJ Asian Hawk.