Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 2017

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The Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival, one of the liveliest festivals in the city, will return in March 2017 with an amazing line-up.

The event, which sees some of the top jazz and blues musicians from around the world come to Bristol, will take place from March 16-19.

The big news for 2017 is that international star Macy Gray will be playing in Bristol.

Also on the line-up is Metropolis with Andy Sheppard, Mud Morganfield and Kirk Fletcher, Robben Ford and Pee Wee Ellis.

For the full news on the 2017 line-up see the festival’s website.

With the Colston Hall as its hub, the festival is three days of singing, performing and dancing to a special rhythm.

In previous years big names such as Courtney Pine, Maceo Parker and Lisa Simone have all graced the event.

One of the elements that makes the jazz and blues vibe unique is swing dance.

Bristol International Jazz Blues 2017

Swing dancers at Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival

There is a big swing dance community in the city and smiling, spinning dancers can often be seen in the Colston Hall foyer over the weekend.

If you’ve never tried this type of dance, there are usually sessions for beginners to give it a try.

Great event for trying something new

The festival is a great event to sample jazz and blues if you’ve never experienced it before.

Organisers look across the world to find the best acts possible from swing to funk, gospel to gypsy jazz, as well as giving time to local performers.

The full line up will be announced soon and you can find more details on the festivals website.

Previous events have featured not just shows but workshops from some top musicians.

Jazz is the music which produced rock ‘n roll and blues and funk. Some of the world’s greatest artists, from Louis Armstrong to Nina Simone, BB King and Frank Sinatra, were inspired by it.

You may think you know the genre but a day, or night, at this festival will usually prove you wrong.

The festival is keen to hear from anyone who wants to support it. See their support page for more details.

“The Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival has established itself as a celebration of accessible jazz-related music that brings a significant audience to throng the Colston Hall, bringing the building alive in an unrivalled way.”

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