Our ‘Best Bits’ from the 7 years

Our team will be giving us their highlights from the last 7 years over the next few weeks as we run a crowdfunding campaign to secure the future of the festival. To donate click HERE or share your memories using hash tag #SaveBristolJazzFest. Thank you! Denny Ilett – Artistic Director Hardly a week goes by …

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Help #SaveBristolJazzFest

We are calling on our friends and supporters to help secure the future of the charity. DONATE HERE The Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival is a charity – run by a small, passionate team of eight who have a shared love of great music. We work hard all year to put a diverse and …

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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 …

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Start Planning your Festival Weekend!

Here are a few of the FAQ that you may find useful when planning your trip to Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2019! Who is playing this year and where? We are pleased to be partnering with St Georges Bristol, O2 Academy Bristol and Anson Rooms this year. Our full line up can be …

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Platform South at Colston Hall

The free foyer performances as part of the Festival have become as much a part of the life and soul of the festival as the incredible international musicians the event brings to the city each year. And, while Colston Hall’s venue spaces are closed for redevelopment and the festival continues its celebration of world-class jazz …

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Festival HQ Top Picks for 2019

Each year we bring our diverging tastes together in the form of a festival line-up which celebrates all things jazz and blues – from swing to funk, bebop to blues, soul to rock ‘n roll. The team all look forward to very different parts of the festival and with just six weeks to go, we …

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60 Seconds with Rebecca Nash

So you will present a new suite for Percussion and Electronics, which has been commissioned for the 2019 festival. How did that come about? Tell us a little bit more about the commission… After initial discussions with the festival team about how we could design a performance that would offer something a bit different to …

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Denny Ilett on Pee Wee Ellis with Strings ‘Ballads, Blues and Bossa’

At the Festival this year we will present a world premiere as legendary saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis realises a lifelong ambition to perform with a 12-piece string ensemble and jazz rhythm section. With brand new arrangements by Ilett you will see the “architect of funk” in a setting never heard before. We hear from Denny Ilett in …

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2019 Printed Programme has Landed!

See the full line up, calendar, free stage info, masterclass line up and artist interviews in our 2019 printed programme. Available in many of Bristol and Bath venues and cafes including our partners St George’s Bristol, Anson Rooms and O2 Academy Bristol. BOOK TICKETS 

Culture Flash Sale!

Culture Vultures get ready – largest ever 24 hr Flash Sale starts today! Quick-off-the-mark culture fans can save money with thousands of discounted tickets and offers in the Bristol and Bath 24-hour culture flash sale from 10am (Thursday 17 January). From music, theatre, art and museum exhibitions to club nights, family events and theatre classes, there …

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