Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival are back! For the seventh edition, Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival will be taking over St George’s, the Anson Rooms, and O2 with a programme of jazz and blues from Europe, US and the UK.
From swing to funk, bebop to blues, Gypsy jazz to gospel, soul to rock ‘n roll, Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival never fails to surprise and delight music lovers.
Celebrating 60 years of Lady in Satin China Moses leads a special line-up, and a bigger blues programme is topped off by Lucky Peterson. And that's just the tip of the musical iceberg.
They say you get a lifetime to write your first album, then the blink of an eye to make your second. Elles Bailey wins either way and now stands poised to follow her debut hit album Wildfire with Road I Call Home out March 8th 2019. The album’s first single, Medicine Man, dropped in Nov 2018, charting to No.1 in the iTunes Blues Charts, as well as being added to the Nu Blue playlist on Spotify! Medicine Man also peaked at No.7 in the Amazon Blues Charts and No.2 on their Hot New Releases. The single is also getting Radio 2 support from Cerys Matthews.
As part of the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival the legendary jazz-rock band Soft Machine will take to the stage in the Anson Rooms. With sounds spanning powerful progressive jazz fusion to atmospheric psychedelia and free improvised jazz-rock Soft Machine will deliver an evening of unique and totally contemporary music.
Darlings of the soul scene Hannah Williams and the Affirmations will be joining us as part of the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival. Described as the “Stomp-your-feet and clap-your-hands type of soul music that lit up the 60s and 70s” this is one not to be missed.
In a unique collaboration for the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, six of the South West’s premier blues players will recreate the sounds of an era that saw the blues explode into the mainstream, bringing the electric guitar to the fore and changing the face of popular music forever.
Pee Wee will take you on a trip through his musical life and times with the likes of James Brown and Van Morrison along with a rare glimpse into the musical genius that have kept him at the top of his game for over 50 years.
Described by Joe Bonamassa as “one of the greatest blues guitarists in the world today” Fletcher is one of a new generation of young African-American blues artists. He will be performing in Bristol as part of an increased, by popular demand, blues programme
With the Julian Siegel Quartet, the BBC Jazz Award winning saxophonist and composer Julian Siegel has chosen to work with some of this generation’s most distinctive voices to create an in-demand Quartet on the UK and European Jazz scene.
One of the greatest blues guitarists/vocalists on the scene today Josh Smith, even at 14 years old, was “three heartbreaks away from being a true blues genius” by Jimmy Thackery. Several years and several albums later, Smith fulfils that prophecy night after night. See for yourselves with this rare UK visit when Josh and his power trio will raise the roof!
Hear one of jazz’s most important works played live by a band of Bristol jazz greats! Stalwart Bristol trumpeter/composer Andy Hague leads a stellar cast of local legends through a complete track-by-track re-interpretation of the 1959 Miles Davis classic Kind Of Blue.
Josh will talk about his life, his music and influences and will discuss and demonstrate how he developed his amazing guitar technique. This masterclass also includes a Q&A. Feel free to bring your guitars along but, no amps please.
In 2019 Ian will tour an unplugged presentation of songs from his latest album All The Rage including a beautifully adapted acoustic version of the soul stunner, Sweet Souvenir. Classic Rock tags Siegal “a national treasure,” America’s blues bible “vast talent” and MOJO magazine ranks him “the cleverest writer and most magnetic blues performer in the UK.”