Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival 2018

Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival takes place at Colston Hall, O2 Academy and The Folk House from Thursday 15 March to Sunday 18 March 2018.

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All shows for Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival at Colston Hall are currently going ahead as planned but we will update here if circumstances change.


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Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival 2018

From swing to funk, bebop to blues, Gypsy jazz to gospel, soul to rock ‘n roll, Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival never fails to surprise and delight music lovers. The festival’s genre-traversing line-up is a ‘This is Your Life’ of jazz and blues – a journey through the decades from the birth of jazz to the current day.

We’re thrilled to announce that Carleen Anderson returns to headline Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival 2018 alongside Incognito to deliver a powerful performance of American soul.

This year’s line-up also features the return of guitar virtuoso Matt Schofield, sax legend and festival patron Pee Wee Ellis and his new quartet, a dazzling collaboration between acclaimed vocalist Polly Gibbons and director of Ronnie Scott’s James Pearson, much-loved performer and broadcast Clare Teal with her Big Mini Big Band, a second dose of Cartoon Jazz featuring star singer Ian Shaw, a big band 50-year tribute to Hendrix’s masterpiece in Electric Lady Big Band, a lush weaving of improvisatory words and music from Snowpoet, a celebration of the sultry soundtracks of the 60s and beyond in Cult Fiction Live! Sounds from the Small Screen, performed by the same crack team as last year’s wonderful ‘Sounds for Spies and Private Eyes’ – and that’s just some of the music on offer.

Once again the festival presents a fascinating range of workshops from leaders in jazz and blues music from Matt SchofieldChris CorcoranAsaf Sirkus and Sylwia Bialis, Ian Saw, Pee Wee Ellis and Roberto Pla and Elpidio Alegria. 

For more information on all the gigs, check out the grid below. Watch this space as more events are announced.

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On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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