Returning to the city for its seventh edition, the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival will be taking over some of the city’s most renowned music venues with a programme of unmissable events, including music from Europe, US and the UK.
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.
The festival, designed to appeal to music lovers of all ages and tastes, will run from 22nd – 24th March 2019 and promises a line-up to rival the olden days, hosted in the Anson Rooms, the Bristol O2 Academy and St Georges Bristol.
One of the notable names at this year’s festival is Pee-Wee Ellis. The American saxophonist, composer and arranger, with a rich history in jazz, was an important member of James Brown’s band in the 1960s, co-wrote hits like “Cold-Sweat” and “Say It Out Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud” and worked closely with Van Morrison.
The festival will also see multi–award winning saxophonist and MC, Soweto Kinch play the Anson Rooms on Sunday March 24th. The critically acclaimed artist has made a huge impression in both the jazz and hip-hop communities and has an impressive list of accolades, including awards for Best Jazz Act.
The festival is also looking forward to hosting The Big Swing Double Bill event. During the event, attendees can learn swing dance moves before the band starts with free classes from Swing Dance Bristol and then try them out when listening to the legendary ‘Godfather of Swing’, Ray Gelato. Considered one of the last in a long line of classic jazz entertainers, Ray will be performing his show-stopping set with his high-energy band, The Giants, with songs from Harry James, Woody Herman and Duke Ellington.
For full programme info and to book your tickets, visit http://www.bristoljazzandbluesfest.com/