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Opening Gala Concert

Bristol Jazz Festival 2023

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a man wearing a suit plays saxophone with a strained expression.

Bristol Jazz 2023 opens with a special evening featuring two concerts from Jack Calloway Quintet and a special concert to celebrate the music of the late Pee Wee Ellis.

Jack Calloway brings his all new A-List Quintet to kick off the festival from 6pm with their mix of hot jazz and swing.

Following at 8pm key members of the legendary Pee Wee Ellis Assembly, plus fabulous musicians and friends from the local music scene, come together to celebrate Pee Wee Ellis, who sadly died in 2021, and his amazing musical career of more than 60 years as a composer, arranger, band leader and inspirational tenor saxophone player.

Both concerts are included in the Friday evening ticket.

Presented by Bristol Jazz Festival

Format: Standing with seats available

Age: All ages

Ticket information

Tickets to this event include two concerts: Jack Calloway Quintet and Pee Wee Ellis: A Life of Music.

Full Price: £30.52

Student: £24.42

Universal Credit: £24.42

Access Register: £30.52

Personal Assistant: Free with Access Register tickets

All ticket prices are inclusive of booking fee.

The venue


at Bristol Beacon

Our foyer space located within Bristol Beacon where we host events, performances and conferences.

Getting to the venue

Location: Bridgehouse is located within Bristol Beacon with entrances on Colston Street and Trenchard Street.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 50m away directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


The city centre bus stop is 250m from Bristol Beacon where most bus services stop.

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Bridgehouse has level access from street level with lifts to all levels. For unallocated seated performances, seats can easily be removed to accommodate wheelchairs.

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the venue.

Hearing Facility

There is an induction loop at the box office. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting. There is no hearing loop facility for the foyer stage.

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