Sat 28th | 2.30pm | Jazz Instrumental Workshop

Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival have teamed up with Bristol Academy of Creative Music to provide a range of music workshops. ‘BACM tutor Adam Stokes presents a practical instrumental Jazz workshop for soloists and rhythm section players. The session will discuss the conversational nature of Jazz, providing creative accompaniment ideas and breaking down improvisation techniques …

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Sat 28th | 5pm | Vocal Workshop with Lucy Moon

Come and join Bristol-based jazz singer and BACM tutor Lucy Moon for an introduction to incorporating jazz phrasing into your voice. We’ll be exploring simple and wonderfully effective tools to shake up the delivery of a song and transform it into something unique to yourself. We’ll also work on expanding your vocal communication with the …

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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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Sat 28th | 12pm | Bird (Film Screening)

Award-winning director and long-standing jazz devotee Clint Eastwood delivers a compassionate portrait of jazz visionary and extraordinaire Charlie “Bird” Parker, with a tour de force performance from Forest Whitaker as Bird. Arguably the best cinematic jazz biography ever made, this love letter to the genre shows the legendary saxophonist on stage, where Bird is flawless, …

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Sat 28th | 8pm | Glasgow x London

Worm Disco joins forces with Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival to present the latest sounds from jazz and beyond. Saturdays Gig will include Emma-Jean Thackray, corto.alto, Aku! & A DJ set by Rebecca Vasmant  In association with Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival, the city’s leading independent promoters, music adventurers Worm Disco, will present two nights …

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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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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 | 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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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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