March sees the return of the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival
Get your dancing shoes on – one of Bristol’s most energetic and exciting festivals is back for the seventh year running! From swing to funk, gypsy jazz to gospel, bebop to blues and soul to rock, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes, and the festival never fails to surprise and delight people of all ages.
Taking place in a variety of venues across the city such as St George’s, the Anson Rooms and the O2, there will be a programme of jazz and blues from Europe, the US and the UK. Started by dynamic duo Colin Gorrie and Denny Ilett, the team believed that Bristol needed and deserved a high-calibre festival dedicated to the genre – and with the city’s historic connection with jazz and blues, it was an instant hit. A dizzying array of stars, including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington to name but a few, have played sell-out shows at the Colston Hall in the past, so it seemed only fitting that the celebrations continue.
This year sees the best line-up yet, with some of the biggest names in jazz and blues taking to the stage. Names include Ray Gelato & The Giants, John Smith Trio, Aynsley Lister, Lucky Peterson, and Hannah Williams at The Anson Rooms, and there will also be other stand-out acts such as Richard Galliano New Jazz Musette, Moscow Drug Club and much, much more.
Whilst many events are ticketed separately, you can also buy a Blues Weekend Ticket for £72.00, meaning you won’t have to miss a single thing! The festival runs from Friday 22 March through to Sunday 24 March, making this one of the most vibrant and eclectic weekends the city will see this year – make sure you don’t miss out!
What: Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival
When: 22–24 March