Festival Top Picks

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 four weeks to go we bring …

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60 Seconds with John Minton

For the 2018 Festival award-winning filmmaker John Minton is teaming up with Get The Blessing to produce a film which examines and celebrates over a century of Bristol, captured on film by local people. We heard from John as he explores the archive footage in Bristol Record Office… What is Bristopolis? A collaboration between Get …

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60 Seconds with Asaf Sirkis

What was the last record you bought? Weather Report Live In Tokyo, 1972. Who/what are your musical inspirations? Allan Holdsworth, Olivier Messiaen (especially his organ works), Tony Williams, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, South Indian music and rhythms, progressive rock bands such as Yes & Genesis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and the musicians I play with. …

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Our 2018 Printed Programme has Landed!

You’ll find our new printed programme at Colston Hall this week – and any good venue or cafe as of next! Inside there are artist interviews with Clare Teal, Asaf Sirkis, Denny Ilett discusses the mkaing behind Electric Ladyland:  50 Years of Hendrix’s Masterpiece and you’ll also find our newly released line-up of free foyer concerts. …

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Denny Ilett on Hendrix

Ahead of the Festival, Artistic Director Denny Ilett explains what inspired him to arrange this iconic musician’s final studio album Electric Ladyland for a 16-piece ensemble, especially for the 2018 festival. The guitar feedback that opens Foxy Lady, the first track on Jimi’s first album, is a sound that changed my life. From then on I knew I …

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60 Seconds with Clare Teal

Do you remember the first record you bought? Yes I do – it was Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth. I actually wanted to buy hits of the 30’s as it had pictures of Duke Ellington and Fred Astaire on the front, but my parents were concerned about my obsession with old black and white …

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Try something new in 2018…

We’d like to take a moment to wish you all a happy 2018! We hope you get to try something new this year and as the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival swings into its sixth year, we offer up an opportunity to do just that. Why not stretch yourself with one of our Masterclasses with musicians at …

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Our 2018 Line-up Revealed

We’re back with another jam-packed weekend of free and ticketed concerts, dancing, jam sessions and workshops from 15 to 18 March 2018. This year we present a dazzling programme of jazz and film commissions, an all-star line-up celebrating 50 years of Electric Ladyland and a host of both legendary and rising jazz and blues stars… From …

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2018 FESTIVAL LINE-UP

After many months of planning, we’re ready to release our 2018 line-up. We’ll be releasing our line-up to those who are part of our membership scheme on Wednesday 15 Nov – Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival members have exclusive access to our 2018 line-up. As well as priority booking, members are able take advantage of a 20% discount …

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Embrace the Chaos…

At Tongue Fu there is only one rule – no rehearsals. Everything that happens on stage, has to happen in the moment, in front of the audience. Risk is the fiery fabric with which we craft each show. I started the project ten years ago, with bassist, Riaan Vosloo, as a way of facing some …

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