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22-24 March // Anson Rooms

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. 

Programme

Elles Bailey

22 March // Anson Rooms : Winston Theatre 

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.

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Soft Machine

22 March // Anson Rooms 

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. 

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Hannah Williams and the Affirmations

22 March // Anson Rooms 

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.  

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Little Swing

23 March // Anson Rooms: The Pegg Theatre 

Family Swing Dancing! Join swing dance band Paper Moon fronted by jazz singer Lucy Moon for a toe tapping, leg wiggling and finger clicking workshop for families with children aged 5-11.  

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The Bristol Bluesmen

23 March // Anson Rooms 

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. 

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Rebecca Nash

23 March // Anson Rooms: The Winston Theatre 

Exciting new British band ATLAS, led by pianist Rebecca Nash, bring a fresh sound to the UK music scene and will be joining us for Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival  

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In Conversation with Pee Wee Ellis

23 March // Anson Rooms: The Pegg Theatre 

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.  

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Dennis Rollins - The ‘Funky Horns’ Masterclass

23 March // Anson Rooms: The Pegg Theatre 

Open to all brass and woodwind players interested in making their horn section performances more dynamic.

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Ant Law Trio

23 March // Anson Rooms: The Winston Theatre 

Described as “An innovator” and “A game changer” by The Guardian, British guitarist Ant lives in London and leads his quintet “An exciting band to hear live” John Fordham.

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Kirk Fletcher Trio

23 March // Anson Rooms 

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 

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Kirk Fletcher - The Blues and Beyond Masterclass

23 March // Anson Rooms: The Pegg Theatre  

Kirk will demonstrate how he negotiates the blues with his own brand of scale choice, passing tones and substitutions. Feel free to bring your guitars along but, no amps please. 

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Julian Siegel

23 March // Anson Rooms: The Winston Theatre 

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.

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Ray Gelato & The Giants

23 March // Anson Rooms 

The legendary ‘Godfather of Swing’ and his world class band The Giants deliver a high energy, footstompin’ show that never fails to get a crowd on its feet and leaves them feeling uplifted and inspired. 

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Yazz Ahmed

23 March // Anson Rooms: The Winston Theatre 

Her music, through which she seeks to blur the lines between jazz, electronic sound design and the music of her mixed heritage, has been described as ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’.

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The Big Swing feat: Jonny Bruce Big Band

23 March // Anson Rooms 

Dust off your dancing shoes because Bristol’s biggest swing dance is back! With music from the 16-piece Jonny Bruce Big Band playing authentic and classic arrangements from the swing era of the 30’s and 40’s. 

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Little Swing

24 March // Anson Rooms: The Pegg Theatre 

Family Swing Dancing! Join swing dance band Paper Moon fronted by jazz singer Lucy Moon for a toe tapping, leg wiggling and finger clicking workshop for families with children aged 5-11. 

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Liane Carroll - Jazz Vocal Workshop

24 March // Anson Rooms: The Pegg Theatre

Explore all aspects of jazz singing with multi-award winning vocalist Liane Carroll. Phrasing, dynamics, melody, lyrics and stagecraft will all be explored in this interactive workshop. 

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Josh Smith Trio

24 March // Anson Rooms 

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! 

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Andy Hague Sextet play Kind of Blue

24 March // Anson Rooms: The Winston Theatre 

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. 

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Josh Smith - Blistering Blues Guitar Masterclass

24 March // Anson Rooms: The Pegg Theatre 

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. 

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Ian Siegal

24 March // Anson Rooms 

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.” 

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Elftet

24 March // Anson Rooms: The Winston Theatre 

Share Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet was formed in September 2015. They have performed around the UK and have been played on BBC Radio 3 and WBGO (New York jazz station).

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Jam It! (Workshop) - with Red Roots Jazz

24 March // Anson Rooms : The Pegg Theatre 

The workshop will include useful tips and tricks to use when improvising and jamming with a new group of musicians and will also explore issues around gender in jazz.

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Aynsley Lister

24 March // Anson Rooms 

Award-winning blues-rock aficionado Aynsley Lister continues his ‘Eyes Wide Open Tour’ following the release of his eighth studio album, released on October 7 2016 on Straight Talkin’ Records.   

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Dennis Rollins' Funky-Funk

24 March // Anson Rooms : Winston Theatre 

Fresh from the Maceo Parker ‘School of Funk’, Dennis joins an elite lineage of trombone players responsible for changing it’s perceptions.

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Lucky Peterson

24 March // Anson Rooms 

A rare visit to the UK, and Bristol in particular, is highly anticipated and will also feature, as support, many of the South West’s blues musicians at this special concert. 

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Soweto Kinch

24 March // Anson Rooms: The Winston Theatre 

Multi-Award winning saxophonist and MC, Kinch has made huge impression in both the jazz and hip-hop community. Now he's coming to Bristol as part of the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 

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