Sat 28th | 12pm | Jump Blues Workshop with Chris Corcoran

Referencing the big sound of ‘40s & ‘50s R&B guitar, this workshop will give a fresh perspective on how to add drive, style and invention to the modern Blues guitarist’s canon of licks. The course gives tips to hone your own playing including a nod to the likes of T-Bone Walker, Bill Jennings, Charlie Christian …

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Sun 29th | 4.30pm | Tricia Boutté – Gumbo Europa

New Orleans native and niece of the great Lillian Boutté, Tricia Boutté aka Sista Teedy is a formidable artist now resident in Norway where she travels throughout Europe and beyond spreading joy in a way only members of the Boutté family can do! Boutté is joined here by an all-star group of UK jazz and …

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Sat 28th | 9pm | Ladies Sing The Blues

A trio of Bristol’s finest female blues/soul singers Victoria Klewin, Elles Bailey and Lady Nade join forces to produce a show that places the music of the early ‘Blues Queens’ such as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Ethel Waters before moving along to the great female blues artists of the 1950’s – Etta James, Ruth …

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Sat 28th | 3pm | Bright Lights Big City – a musical history of Urban Blues

Our good friends (and experts in all things guitar-related) at Guitarist and Guitar Techniques magazines have joined forces to produce this new show focusing on the period between the acoustic Delta Blues sound of the 1930’s and the advent of Rock ’n’ Roll in the 1950’s. This was the era of giants such as Muddy …

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Sun 29th | 2pm | Andy Hague; The Blues & the Abstract Truth

Andy Hague’s rendition of Kind of Blue was a highlight of last Festival, and for 2020 he takes on Oliver Nelson’s 1961 album The Blues & The Abstract Truth. Originally featuring a stellar line up including Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers and Roy Haynes, Andy’s take on this seminal work will similarly …

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Sat 28th | 6pm | Chris Corcoran Sextet

Chris Corcoran is the guitarist’s guitarist! He is one of the UK’s finest Blues and R&B musicians and has been performing across the UK and Europe for over 20 years. Chris’ unique brand of instrumental Jump Blues is an exciting, dynamic and completely original presence in this world where Rock-flavoured blues tends to be the …

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Fri 27th | 9.30pm | Pee Wee Ellis Plays the Blues

If Jazz was a recipe, the Blues is a vital ingredient. For many, the two are intrinsically linked. Saxophone maestro and Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival artist-in-residence Pee Wee Ellis premieres this new show featuring a personal selection of classic compositions and originals with a hand-picked all-star group.   Line Up Tenor sax: Pee Wee …

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Thurs 26th | 8pm | Paul Jones Big Band Blues Bash!

At the age of 15, a recording of Jimmy Rushing with Count Basie was Paul Jones’s introduction to the sound of Big Band blues. 60 years later via Manfred Mann, Eric Clapton, The Blues Band and BBC’s The Blues Show Jones revisits that early inspiration with a powerhouse Big Band backing him in a selection …

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