Seven years ago Colin Gorrie and Denny Ilett started Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival. They shared the belief that a city like Bristol needed, and deserved, a high calibre festival dedicated to jazz and blues.
Bristol’s long and illustrious association with jazz dates back to the ‘50s and ‘60s when a dizzying array of stars – including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald – regularly played to sell-out audiences at Colston Hall.
And so Colin and Denny’s set out to produce a jazz and blues festival unlike any other – for a maverick city that likes to break the rules.
The programme is designed to appeal to music lovers of all ages and tastes and celebrate jazz and blues in a way that makes these important genres accessible and appealing to a wide and diverse audience.
Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival has become one of the city’s biggest music events, returning 21st-24th March 2019.