Festival HQ Top Picks for 2019

Each year we bring our diverging tastes together in the form of a festival line-up which celebrates all things jazz and blues – from swing to funk, bebop to blues, soul to rock ‘n roll. The team all look forward to very different parts of the festival and with just six weeks to go, we …

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Denny Ilett on Pee Wee Ellis with Strings ‘Ballads, Blues and Bossa’

At the Festival this year we will present a world premiere as legendary saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis realises a lifelong ambition to perform with a 12-piece string ensemble and jazz rhythm section. With brand new arrangements by Ilett you will see the “architect of funk” in a setting never heard before. We hear from Denny Ilett in …

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2019 Printed Programme has Landed!

See the full line up, calendar, free stage info, masterclass line up and artist interviews in our 2019 printed programme. Available in many of Bristol and Bath venues and cafes including our partners St George’s Bristol, Anson Rooms and O2 Academy Bristol. BOOK TICKETS 

Culture Flash Sale!

Culture Vultures get ready – largest ever 24 hr Flash Sale starts today! Quick-off-the-mark culture fans can save money with thousands of discounted tickets and offers in the Bristol and Bath 24-hour culture flash sale from 10am (Thursday 17 January). From music, theatre, art and museum exhibitions to club nights, family events and theatre classes, there …

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60 Seconds with Liane Carroll

Liane Carroll has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years and has dedicated her career to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song. She joins us at the Festival on Saturday …

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60 seconds with William Goodchild

From the group that brought you ‘Sounds For Spies and Private Eyes’ comes Cult Fiction Live! Sounds from the Small Screen – a joyous frolic through the jazz and funk-laden world of TV themes and incidental music from the 60’s to the 80’s. Award-winning composer William Goodchild will be conducting the 30-piece orchestra for this …

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Festival Top Picks

Each year we bring our diverging tastes together in the form of a festival line-up which celebrates all things jazz and blues – from swing to funk, bebop to blues, soul to rock ‘n roll. The team all look forward to very different parts of the festival and with just four weeks to go we bring …

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Denny Ilett on Hendrix

Ahead of the Festival, Artistic Director Denny Ilett explains what inspired him to arrange this iconic musician’s final studio album Electric Ladyland for a 16-piece ensemble, especially for the 2018 festival. The guitar feedback that opens Foxy Lady, the first track on Jimi’s first album, is a sound that changed my life. From then on I knew I …

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Try something new in 2018…

We’d like to take a moment to wish you all a happy 2018! We hope you get to try something new this year and as the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival swings into its sixth year, we offer up an opportunity to do just that. Why not stretch yourself with one of our Masterclasses with musicians at …

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#CultureFlashSale

As the nights set in we are happy to be joining Bristol and Bath’s cultural venues in this annual event as we all slash ticket prices for a 24 hour flash sale! We are offering 10% off tickets for our Winter Concert Series event – Jimi Hendrix: Slight Return play Axis Bold as Love at Trinity Bristol. Join …

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