We are honoured to have New Orleans Musical Ambassador and singer
Lillian Boutté as a patron of the jazz festival. When Lillian was named
“New Orleans Musical Ambassador” in 1986, she was the second jazz legend
in the city’s history to be accorded this honour – the first having
been none other than Louis Armstrong.
International jazz star, ECM recording artist, and Bristol resident Andy
Sheppard is one of only a few British musicians to have made a
significant impact on the international jazz scene. Andy has worked with
some of the biggest names in jazz and is in huge demand for both his
composing and his legendary live performances.
Pee Wee Ellis
Pee Wee Ellis was part of the greatest ever horn section, The JB’s, who
toured, recorded and wrote for James Brown in the 60s and 70s, as well
as working as musical director for CTI-Kudu records, the most popular
jazz label of the 70s.
We were thrilled to welcome a new patron for 2015 – Fun Lovin Criminals’ frontman Huey Morgan.
Huey Morgan said, “For a musician, being a patron to a festival of such a high calibre is a honour and a privilege. And as a lifelong fan of
Jazz and Blues music I will endeavour to bring a music that is the
foundation of all the current genres around now to the forefront and
champion it’s great and rich heritage while also supporting the young
musicians who have chosen it as their path.”
Dennis Rollins MBE
Dennis Rollins is well-known Trombonist on the British and International Jazz scene. Over the years he has worked with some of the world's, top jazz and pop personalities such as Courtney Pine, Baba Maal, Jamiroquai, US3, Brand New Heavies, and Blur. As part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018, Dennis was honoured with an MBE for services to music.
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