FROM FRIDAY EVENING MARCH 22ND TO SUNDAY EVENING MARCH 24TH WE WILL BE CELEBRATING THE BRISTOL JAZZ FESTIVAL.
Read on for Saturdays line up.
Looking for Sundays line up? Find it here.
Enjoy an action packed line up of amazing Jazz, Latin, Swing, Big Band and Blues – playing throughout the Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar, and with our friends upstairs in the Tobacco Factory Theatre where you can find Bristol Jazz Festival ticketed events.
Read on to find out what’s in store on our free stage…
SATURDAYS LINE UP
11AM – WELLS CATHEDRAL JAZZ COMBO
The Wells Cathedral School Senior Jazz Combo are the school’s premier jazz musicians. All members of the group study at the school as Specialist Musicians, a course which is supported by the DfE Music & Dance Scheme. Wells is one of the four UK specialist music schools.
Recent pupils have gone on to study jazz at The Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College, London and The Guildhall School of Music & Drama as well as numerous other specialist courses in the UK and abroad. The ensemble has performed and given workshops nationally and has worked with many eminent jazz musicians including Pee Wee Ellis, Iain Ballamy, Jason Rebello, Tommy Smith, Gareth Lockrane and Mark Nightingale.
12: 15PM – INDIRA ROMAN
Indira Román is one of the best emerging Cuban artists in the UK providing representation for Bristol Latin Music like no other. With her band, a word-class musicianship they bring pure groves and tropical melodies, showcasing the pinnacle of Latin live music with a fusion of electronic and rock styles.
2:30PM – SUPERLOCRIAN ENSEMBLE
Superlocrian is a renowned South West-based acoustic chamber jazz septet, led by trumpeter & composer Sam Massey.
The unique sound-world of acoustic brass and woodwind, lush jazz harmonies and some of the country’s finest soloists provides an exciting outlet for Sam and other ground-breaking jazz composers.
The 3 trumpets, 2 woodwinds, trombone and tuba combined with the “innovative arrangements and compositions” (Katie Derham, BBC Radio 3) provide a big, fresh sound that captures the imagination and stirs the soul.
In addition, the band features specially commissioned arrangements and compositions from highly-regarded jazz composers and arrangers including Callum Au, Tom Green and Steve Waterman.
The band are touring in 2024 to support the release of their debut album, “Hills & Valleys”, and look forward to their debut at this year’s Bristol Jazz Festival.
4:00PM – VICTORIA KLEWIN sings NANCY WILSON
Victoria Klewin joins The Adam Stokes Trio in paying tribute to the late, great Nancy Wilson, the somewhat overlooked yet immensely talented jazz vocalist active from the mid-fifties to 2011. An in-demand singer, Victoria Klewin is known for her extended range and finely-crafted tone, her voice has been described as ‘simultaneously sweet, soulful and slightly world-weary’ by BBC Radio Scotland. Victoria has toured internationally both with her own originals project and with Hannah William and the Aﬃrmations.
Adam Stokes is an up-and-coming guitarist blending Jim Hall Style melodic development with Thelonious Monk’s angular dissonances, he is known on the Bristol scene as the host of the Stag and Hounds Jam session where he has played with the who’s who of Bristol Jazz.
Chris Jones (Orfic, Weareleif, Nurdle) is a first-call Bassist who has played across the UK from Theatre Pits to Pizza Express Soho, his blending of contemporary rhythmic ideas and guttural blues draws comparisons to the likes of Larry Grenadier and Charlie Haden.
Matt Brown (Run Logan Run, Sefrial, Modulus iii, Orfic) is a busy touring drummer who has performed with the likes of Gregory Porter, Pee Wee Ellis and Andy Sheppard, his band Run Logan Run won the 2018 Montreux Jazz Festival Talent Awards and he was featured in Rhythm Magazine’s ’10 British Newcomers’ article.
5:30PM – DAN MOORE/MATT BROWN TRIO
This unique trio of Matt Brown, Dan Moore and Eli Jitsuto have performed globally with artists such as Pee Wee Ellis, Massive Attack, Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble, Gregory Porter, Tony Allen, Krust, Snazzback, Run Logan Run, Marc Ford, Lemfreck, Rodriguez, Get The Blessing and many more.
They will be bringing you an eclectic mix of their favourite Funk and Boogaloo tracks for you by artists such as The Meters, Lou Donaldson, George Benson, Sugarman 3 to name a few… Not to be missed.
8:30PM – WILL EDMUNDS BLUES
Guitarist/singer Will Edmunds is a mainstay of the South West music scene, having worked over the years with some of Bristol’s finest including Moscow Drug Club, Elles Bailey, The Carny Villains, and as part of the Jazz Festival’s own Bristol Bluesmen.
Will is most in his element when playing the blues, and his deft guitar work fuses influences from the likes of George Benson, Robben Ford and BB King with a strong vocal and powerful live energy. His trio with long-time collaborators Miguel Andrews (drums) and Zak Ranyard (bass) blends elements of jazz improv with heavy grooves and the sounds of the Delta to provide a tour-de-force of modern electric blues.
…And if that wasn’t enough – join us for the famous JAM SESSIONS, 10pm till late each evening.
This years Jam Session hosts are the brilliant JAZZ DEFENDERS; so bring along an instrument and take part, or grab a drink, relax, and enjoy the music.