Sun 29th | 11am | Colston Hall Free Stage

We’re proud to announce that the much loved free stage at Colston Halls Foyer is back and this year we will be showcasing some of the most talented school and university bands from Bristol and the South West. Line Up as Follows 11.00-11.45am – Bristol Cathedral Choir School Big Band 12.15-1.00pm – Treble Bass (Bristol …

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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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Sun 29th | 1.30pm | Goodmania ’40 – Celebrating Benny Goodman

Clarinetist/Bandleader Pete Long is the director of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and Echoes Of Ellington who performed Long’s celebrated Jazz Planets suite at Bristol Jazz and Blues festival in 2019. This time he presents the music of Benny Goodman’s legendary 1940 sextet. This particular Goodman group is famed also as it represents almost the …

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Sat 28th | 9pm | Clare Teal & Denny Ilett: For the Love of Bossa

It’s the mid-60s; Bossa Nova is at its height. All the big stars release albums featuring its sun-drenched rhythms; none bigger than Doris Day and Frank Sinatra. The first half of this special concert features recreations of Sinatra’s recordings with Bossa godfather Antonio Carlos Jobim with Denny Ilett performing Frank’s role. The second half features …

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Sat 28th | 5pm | Gilad Atzmon – Charlie Parker 100

Alto Saxophonist, author and activist Gilad Atzmon is the perfect choice for this anniversary show celebrating be-bop pioneer Charlie Parker’s 100th birthday. The concert will focus on Parker’s beautiful series of recordings with strings from the early 1950’s and features Atzmon’s celebrated quartet the Orient House Ensemble and the celebrated Sigamos String Quartet.   As …

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Sat 28th | 2pm | Kairos 4tet + Emilia Mårtensson

Fronted by saxophonist and composer Adam Waldmann and winners of MOBO Best Jazz Album 2011 Kairos 4Tet are one of a kind. Bridging the gap between classic and contemporary; the jazz idiom and the lineage of song with ferocious grooves, burning improvisations and melodies they have become one of the UK jazz success stories. Following …

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Fri 27th | 7pm | Jazz Dames Presents What She Said

A celebration of female composers past & present. With a brilliant ensemble of singers and instrumentalists Rebecca Nash, Sara Colman, Ruth Hammond and Katya Gorrie present an evening of reimagined and new works inspired by composers such as Joni Mitchell, Esperanza Spalding, Kate Bush, Nina Simone and many more. Line Up Keyboards & Vocals: Rebecca …

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Jazz Dames 4

Back by popular demand! The fabulous Jazz Dames will be celebrating the music of composer Cole Porter. Musical Director this year, is world class Jazz Pianist Dave Newton. Voted thirteen times for best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz Awards. The Dames are Lucy Moon, Tammy Payne, Ruth Hammond, Katya Gorrie and Louis Victoria. Plus, …

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Ian Shaw : Shine Sister Shine with the Bristol Jazz Festival Chorus

Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2018 (Parliamentary Jazz Awards) comes to Bristol! Ian Shaw is one of the most distinctive, original and creative jazz singers that the UK has produced. His recorded output, now numbering 15 albums to his own name, includes three US releases; his most recent album, “Shine Sister Shine” (Jazz Village) has …

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