Celebrating Women in Music

With International Women’s Day approaching (8 March) it is only right that we dedicate this email to the many, fabulous women in our 2019 line up. We have featured just a few of the fantastic females that will be appearing across the weekend (22-24 March).

Plus, you could always treat the women in your life this Mother’s Day to an early present and a ticket to one of the events below. Every day should be Mother’s Day after all! There is something for everyone…

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China Moses – Marvellous Ms Moses

As featured in The Bristol Magazine this month (pictured)…This event celebrates two wonderful women in jazz. China Moses – dynamic vocalist and daughter of Dee Dee Bridgewater, features in this special project based on Billie Holiday’s Lady in Satin. Her enchanting and charismatic vocals form the centrepiece of the show which also features a full 1st half of songs from Billie Holiday’s classic 1930’s period.

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Katya Gorrie (Moscow Drug Club) – close to SELLING OUT

Our very own Festival Producer Gorrie heads up Moscow Drug Club who return to the 2019 Festival to celebrate the launch of their FOURTH Album!! Renowned for their captivating and unique style of Gypsy Latin Swing & Raconteuring, Moscow Drug Club’s new recording honours their musical fusion with the maturity and depth of a band celebrating 10 years together.

“ Moscow Drug Club are not only a musical experience, they are a human one..”

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Hannah Williams – She got soul!

Finally back on home turf and hailed by many as the next Amy Winehouse or Aretha Franklin, Hannah Williams is an undeniable force. On stage she is a whirlwind of love, longing, anger and everything in between. Complex Magazine refers to Hannah’s voice as “Incredibly soulful and powerful.” After all, it was her vocal that inspired Jay Z to wake up at 4:44am and record what he later described as “The most gut-wrenching song [he’s] ever written”.

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“Liane Carroll doesn’t just sing jazz. She is jazz.”

This year we are privileged to have Liane Carroll for both a concert at St George’s with her trip and also a Jazz Vocal Masterclass at Anson Rooms (Pegg Theatre). Liane Carroll has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years and has dedicated her career to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song.

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Rebecca Nash – “One of leading musicians of her generation”

Pianist, bandleader, and composer Rebecca Nash is creating a name for herself in the UK as one of leading musicians of her generation, currently performing with ATLAS, Entropi, Paradox Ensemble, and singer/songwriter Sara Colman. She was also recently selected by Serious to be one of their Take Five Artists. Rebecca was featured in Jazz Wise this month (pictured) discussing the Festival commission which will be premiered and performed with band Atlas.

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Elles Bailey – “Every Song is Fresh and Original”

Elles Bailey performed at the Festival years ago and since then has toured her last album well beyond her native UK into Europe and USA, playing dates with Jo Harman, Eric Gales and headlining her own tours. Like its chart-topping predecessor, Elles’ new album features co-writing contributions from high-calibre collaborators, including British hit-making legend and Ivor Novello Award winner Roger Cook, storied Memphis and Nashville giant Bobby Wood, as well as Dan Auerbach (of Akron, Ohio powerhouses The Black Keys) on the infectious ‘Little Piece of Heaven’.

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Jam it with Red Roots Jazz

Facilitated by the all-female jazz group Red Roots Jazz, this workshop aims to develop performance awareness in order to build and maximise musical confidence. The workshop will include useful tips and tricks to use when improvising and jamming with a new group of musicians and will also explore issues around gender in jazz. Open to all!

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Yazz Ahmed – ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’

Yazz Ahmed is a British-Bahraini trumpet player and composer. Through music, she seeks to blur the lines between jazz, electronic sound design and the music of her mixed heritage. In recent years she has led various ensembles in concerts around the UK and abroad and at major festivals such as WOMAD, Molde Jazz, Pori Jazz and Love Supreme.

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From our Friends…

The Clifton International Festival of Music is back (1-8 June) for seven days of music and more!

Discover spellbinding sounds from genre-defying duo The Ayoub Sisters, alongside masterpieces including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in a candlelit Clifton Cathedral with Ensemble in Residence Figo Baroque, and the sensuous solos and magisterial choruses of Monteverdi’s Vespers. Don’t miss the one-off reunion of folk band Folkal Point, or enjoy a tipple at The Lansdown with an evening of secular song in Tunes from the Tavern.

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Bristol Festival of Ideas

Nicci Gerrard: What Can Dementia Teach Us About Love?
29 April, 7-8pm. Waterstones (Union Street). £8/£6

After her father’s slow death from dementia, writer and campaigner Nicci Gerrard set out to explore the illness that now touches millions of us around the world. In conversation with Jenny Lacey, she discusses issues around memory, language, identity, ageing and the notion of what it truly means to care, asking what – in the end – really matters.

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