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Lillian Boutté

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.

Andy Sheppard

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.

Huey Morgan

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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