From swing to funk, bebop to blues, Gypsy jazz to gospel, Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival never fails to surprise and delight music lovers. This year’s line-up of over 50 free and ticketed concerts takes us on a toe-tapping journey through a century of jazz and blues: starting off with the birth of jazz in New Orleans and the great blues men of the Mississippi Delta, taking in the wartime swing era and the growth of the beat generation’s jazz scene, swinging by the ‘60s and ‘70s for a lesson in funk and finishing up in the present day when the biggest jazz and blues stars are heavily influenced by these past eras.
Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival has become known for its genre-traversing line-up and its ability to attract living legends. This year is no different. With a 350-strong choir celebrating Frank Sinatra; no less than three members of James Brown’s original line-up – Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley; the now legendary Big Swing night featuring King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys and the 17-piece Bruce/Ilett Big Band; and the UK’s own King of Jazz, Courtney Pine.
For more information please visit www.bristoljazzandbluesfest.com
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On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.
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