Sun 29th | 9pm | China Moses

A high voltage soul/jazz diva with a career not only on stage but radio and TV, China Moses stunned Bristol audiences with her performance of Lady in Satin in 2019. For her highly anticipated return, China Moses performs with her own band following the release of her new album.    Line Up Vocal: China Moses …

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Sun 29th | 5pm | Andy Sheppard Bump 5250

Andy Sheppard is one of the few British Jazz musicians to have the rare honour of working with the most important contemporary American Big Band leaders/composers Gil Evans, George Russel and Carla Bley. It follows that Sheppard has often been inspired to create his own Big Band projects, most recently a commission by the Bergen …

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Sun 29th | 2pm | Andy Hague; The Blues & the Abstract Truth

Andy Hague’s rendition of Kind of Blue was a highlight of last Festival, and for 2020 he takes on Oliver Nelson’s 1961 album The Blues & The Abstract Truth. Originally featuring a stellar line up including Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers and Roy Haynes, Andy’s take on this seminal work will similarly …

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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 | 9.30pm | Pee Wee Ellis Plays the Blues

If Jazz was a recipe, the Blues is a vital ingredient. For many, the two are intrinsically linked. Saxophone maestro and Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival artist-in-residence Pee Wee Ellis premieres this new show featuring a personal selection of classic compositions and originals with a hand-picked all-star group.   Line Up Tenor sax: Pee Wee …

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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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Thurs 26th | 8pm | Paul Jones Big Band Blues Bash!

At the age of 15, a recording of Jimmy Rushing with Count Basie was Paul Jones’s introduction to the sound of Big Band blues. 60 years later via Manfred Mann, Eric Clapton, The Blues Band and BBC’s The Blues Show Jones revisits that early inspiration with a powerhouse Big Band backing him in a selection …

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