Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival brings the world’s best performers to the city for one weekend only
Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival returns with a programme sure to get the city’s feet tapping. Greats from across the globe descend on Bristol to stage some of this year’s most unmissable jazz gigs. From bright-eyed, gifted young performers to seasoned maestros, there are too many talents to list. But here are some of our top picks:
John Galliano New Jazz Musette – St George’s, March 22
Galliano is a French accordionist on a mission. His great love and respect for the French musical traditions – and his appreciation for the French musette waltz – informs Galliano’s contemporary take on the genre. He takes inspirations from jazz, blues, tango and Brazilian music and ties these eclectic references together with his inimitable approach to melodies.
Taught from the age of four by his father, Lucien, John Galliano has played with Chet Baker, Gary Burton and Ron Carter, and recently released his New Jazz Musette album to great acclaim.
Pee Wee Ellis with Strings – St George’s, March 24
Maestro Pee Wee Ellis presents his take on tunes taken from the Great American Songbook with a full string section. These songs inspired him as a young man and form the underpinning of his latest body of work which celebrates a golden age of songwriting in the USA. With brand-new arrangements written by festival artistic director Denny Ilett, Ellis’s unique improvisation adds a colourful flair never heard before with these legendary songs.
China Moses sings Billie Holiday’s Lady in Satin – St George’s, March 23
China Moses presents a tribute to Billie Holiday by performing her final album, Lady in Satin. Released in 1959, this decades-old album has stood the test of time and inspires artists to this day. It was released just after the tragic passing of its creator. But Moses, an unforgettable vocalist, will bring the magic of this stunning album to life once again with the help of a handpicked string section.
Liane Carroll – St George’s, March 23
Liane Carroll’s most recent album The Right To Love was released in 2017, reached number 1 on the iTunes jazz charts and received four-star reviews from The Guardian and The Evening Standard. But her success as a performer dates back over 35 years and she has remained one of the most significant performers on the British jazz and soul scene.
Lucky Peterson – Anson Rooms, March 24
This inspirational performer makes his first visit to the UK for years. With a career stretching back half a century, Peterson remains one of the most vibrant performers. He found success early in life growing up in the shadow of his father, James Peterson, a renowned blues guitarist and owner of The Governor’s Inn which hosted some of the greats of ‘60s jazz. He was invited on to The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show in the early days of his career which saw him record his debut album at the tender age of five. Time has not dimmed his star power and his arrival in Bristol is highly anticipated.
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