All that jazz


Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival returns for a jam-packed schedule of exciting music

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival is almost upon us for another exciting year of brilliant music. The festival has become a highlight of the city’s packed calendar, and is a landmark event for fans of jazz and blues (and all the myriad subgenres!) everywhere — and this year looks to be even bigger and better than ever…

The festival will see a huge list of spectacular events, with up-and-coming minds rubbing shoulders with bona fide legends. There are forward-thinking bouts of experimentalism, as well as considerate homages to lost masters — this is a festival for all tastes.

Macy Gray’s performance will, of course, be a highlight — the iconic singer/songwriter will be demonstrating her impressive talents following last year’s jazz-inspired LP Stripped, which features a stellar ensemble (including Ari Hoenig, Daryl Johns, Russell Malone and Wallace Roney) and sees Gray at her mind-blowing best.

Sounds For Spies and Private Eyes will also be one to set tongues wagging. The concert pays tribute to ‘60s and ‘70s TV and film themes (from James Bond to Starsky and Hutch), with the Army Of Generals string orchestra, a 21-piece jazz orchestra (conducted by Charles Hazelwood), Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory. An extravaganza not to be missed!

There will also be a series of free concerts at the Colston Hall Foyer, with local, national and international names whipping up a funky storm in the cavernous venue, bringing a touch of elegance and electricity to everyone in earshot! 

As well as the tantalising musical fare on offer, there will be a selection of workshops you can take part in — with some very special sessions available. Bobby Shew, a veteran of Elvis Presley, Paul Anka and Tom Jones’ Vegas showbands, will be leading big band musicians through ensemble and solo work — this is a rare chance to learn first-hand from a true legend. 

Be sure to check out the full programme for ticket and event details. Tickets booked separately.

When: 16—19 March Where: Colston Hall, The O2 Academy, The Folk House  Website: 

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