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Jazz Gigs in Bristol

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Bristol's Jazz Scene

There are two distinct sides to Bristol's jazz scene and in the middle a line that's rarely crossed...

Jazz in Bristol's Large Venues
On one side are the (usually larger) international jazz events, typically at venues like Colston Hall and St Georges. These are great venues to see contemporary jazz in Bristol with recent (2009 - 2010) highlights including Portico Quartet, Cinematic Orchestra and the Neil Cowley Trio. Live jazz in these Bristol venues has more of a concert feel, almost always seated and usually around the £15 mark depending on the seats. Bristol is fortunate to be a key stop over in most UK jazz tours and it is always worth keeping an eye on who's playing when and where and get jazz tickets early for decent seats.

Jazz in Bristol's Small Venues
The otherside of Bristol's live jazz scene couldn't be more different. Bristol is home to some awesome jazz musicians, many of international standard playing international gigs. What's great about Bristol is you can often catch these artists while they're at home often for free. Notable examples include Daisy Palmer (drummer - Goldfrapp), James Bateman (sax - Badbone & Co, Ronnie Scotts) and James Morton (sax - Pee Wee Ellis, The Herbaliser). Unlike the large tours at the bigger venues jazz gigs in Bristol pubs are more organic and unpredictable. With so many quality musicians playing in so many different bands or improvising with different artists, live jazz in Bristol is constantly evolving. When looking for whats on jazz in Bristol it's often more important to consider which individual musicians are playing where, rather than browsing by band or headliner. At live music events in Bristol pubs for the best views you'll need to stand but sometimes tables if you're lucky enough to get one.. ***** Where to see live jazz in Bristol
The whats on listings to the left show all upcoming jazz gigs in Bristol but it's still worth mentioning some consistent venues. Always check whats on at the Coronation Tap on Tuesdays and Sundays, (usually jazz or blues, always free). Other key jazz venues in Bristol include the Old Duke (live music every night, always free) and the Grain Barge (gigs every Friday, around £3).

We also have whats on info and listings for gypsy jazz, which we have decided to keep separate.

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The rest of our jazz listings are in the column to the left.

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The Be-bop Club
Matt Anderson Quartet feat. Ivo Neame
Special guest pianist Ivo Neame joins great sax player
Perry Gordon
Perry Gordon and his Rhythm Club play the LeftBank.
Filwood Community Centre
The Roaring 2020's // Arts2Life UK
Four incredible artists kick of the new year with us!
El Rincon
Figes and Ilett
Top-notch saxophone and guitar jazz duo
The Stag And Hounds
Greg Sterland Plays Jazz at The Stag and Hounds
Bristol Saxophone favourite Guests at The Stag's weekly Jazz Jam
1532 Performing Arts Centre
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra
The UK's premier cutting-edge youth jazz orchestra live in concert.
The Bristol Fringe
Jaz Delorean [Tankus the Henge] Solo
Jaz Delorean, front man with Tankus the Henge, performs solo!
Greenbank Pub
Arthaus Ensemble and Matthew Mark Dom
Poetry, free jazz and improvisation
Fringe Jazz
Two major stars of British Jazz reunite in a new quartet
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift w/ AV Trio
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Bristol Fringe
Afternoon Jazz: Ruth Hammond
Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer Ruth Hammond
The Bristol Fringe
Afternoon Jazz: Around About Dusk
Trad jazz and country infused multi-intrumentalist trio
The Bristol Fringe
Afternoon Jazz: Katya Gorrie & Matt Hopkins
An intimate duo concert of jazz on voice and guitar
The Bristol Fringe
Afternoon Jazz: Sarah Meek
Jazz duo Sarah Meek (vocals) and Adam Stokes (guitar) in an intimate setting
El Rincon
Andy Hague's Double-Standards
Excellent jazz trumpeter in new trio format
Jazz at Future Inn Bristol
Los Clandestinos
Pianist John Baggott is best known for work with Portishead and Massive Attack Tonight he turns his speed and power to jazz.
The Attic Bar
King Brasstards / King Dukes
Sounds from the streets of New Orleans!
Mr Wolfs
Jack Macs Funk Pack + Troika
Live, funky, original music from the heart of Bristol city centre! Join Jack Mac and the Funk Pack for some good vibes and times!
The Golden Lion
Red Rocket Go
Blues, Jazz, Rock, Bristol Legends
To The Moon
La Rumba - Afro/Latin Night - Free Entry
Afro/Afro-Latin music for wild dancing and good times
The Old Malthouse Jazz Band
Superior Syncopated, Hot Stomping Jazz!
Sunday Improv Teams Z and Q
Freely Improvised Music and Noise
The Stag And Hounds
Rowan Porteous Plays Jazz at The Stag and Hounds
Bebop Trumpet Extraordinaire guests at The Stag's weekly Jazz Jam
O2 Academy
Caravan Palace
O2 Academy Bristol
The Cube
Gravy Train proudly present: Vanishing Twin, plus Tara Clerkin Trio.
The Old England Pub
Slugabed (live band)
Independent Venue Week 2020: Slugabed ft a live band, at The Old E
Fringe Jazz
All star line-up pay tribute to the music of Pat Metheny
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Synesthesia w/ Holysseus Fly
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Trinity Centre
A young, London based Afrobeat 8-Piece band led by trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey
Jam Jar
LowKey: Adrian Cox - Now Is Spring (album tour)
World-renowned jazz clarinettist Adrian Cox and his quartet tour their new album
The Gallimaufry
Snazzback Open Stage
The spirit of collaboration
Jazz at Future Inn Bristol
Dave Newton Trio
One of the World's great mainstream pianists, Dave has been voted best jazz pianist in the British jazz awards thirteen times.
El Rincon
Mike Collins Duo
Lyrical European-tinged piano and bass jazz duo
The Be-bop Club
Dave Holdsworth's New Brew
Funky brass grooves from legendary UK trumpeter
El Rincon
Presidents Of Parp
Rollicking brass quintet
The Old Market Assembly
Chai Wallahs & Assembly Nights Present:Lazy Habits
Chai Wallahs favourites Lazy Habits return to Bristol.
The Louisiana
Cousin Kula & more for Independent Venue Week
Three stages of forward thinking alternative music, curated by Chiverin for Independent Venue Week at The Louisiana
The Attic Bar
Swing & Bass: The Twisted 20s!
Swing & Bass comes to Bristol!
Fringe Jazz
Two giants of post-Coltrane improvised music together in one band for the fist time.
Jazz at Future Inn Bristol
Andy Nowak Quartet
One of Bristol’s finest jazz pianists, Andy returns to the club with Matt Hopkins, guitar, Al Swinger, bass and Scott Hammond on drums.
The Be-bop Club
Julian Costello Quartet
London based sax player leads international group
St George's Bristol
Lady Nade
Part of The Listening Room Series at St George's Bristol.
Karolina Griškutė Quartet
Karolina Griškutė Quartet
Cafe Kino
Pigeon • Matt Davis • Deborah
Free Improvisation / Noise / Free Jazz / Male Bonding
The Gallimaufry
Quinn Oulton
Jazz, hip-hop and funk
Jam Jar
LowKey 002: Kinkajous - Hidden Lines
LowKey are elated to announce the return of London based Kinkajous to Bristol in 2020.
St George's Bristol
Cleveland Watkiss
Cleveland Watkiss sings the Great Jamaican Songbook
Jamaica Street Stores
Loose Leaf: A night in aid of Tree Sisters
An evening of art and music revolving around all things old, new, strange and pure.
The Canteen
JINGU BANG - Funky Magic! ( jingubang.co.uk )
Live Funky Magic inspired by Herbie Hancock and many others.
Jazz at Future Inn Bristol
Raible/Gradischnig Quartet
Pianist Claude Raible and tenor sax Herwig Gradischnig bring European chops to the music of Elmo Hope.
The Marble Factory
La Discothèque: Artwork, Greg & more!
La Discothèque: Artwork, Greg Wilson & more!
St. George's Bristol
Hailed by the Guardian for his “exquisite guitar playing”, the formidable virtuoso Eduardo Niebla presents his amazing repertoire
Jazz at Future Inn Bristol
Craig Crofton and Friends
Swinging organ quartet featuring the mighty Craig Crofton , Matt Hopkins, Jonny Henderson and Andy Tween.
The Hen & Chicken
Cafe Del Mundo: Famous Tracks
They’re back at The Hen & Chicken, Café del Mundo are presenting their new album “Famous Tracks”, recorded at Abbey Rd Studios.
Jazz at Future Inn Bristol
Joy Ellis
Songs from her new album "Dwell"
The Loco Klub
An evening of immersive audio (+ / )visual happenings: Launch of Kosar Sounds # 1
Cafe Kino
Trio Sowari/SALTINGSxMGxTH/Grolf Self/Yungylek
Free music, free improvisation, free noise but not free drinks (or curly fries).
Yelfris Valdés
melange delighted to welcome Yelfris Valdés for first Bristol show
The Louisiana
J-Felix live (support from Zyla)
J-Felix Whole Again Hooligan Tour
Cadbury Hall, Frampton on Severn
the Forge
Sefrial and Brackish
Sefrial are Gold, Sugar, Diamond encrusted magic
St George's Bristol
Samantha Lindo
Part of The Listening Room Series at St George's Bristol.
James Bond - In Concert!
Conducted by the charismatic Charles Hazlewood, James Bond - In Concert! features every Bond theme from the '60s to now
Bristol Folk House
Tricia Boutté - Gumbo Europa
New Orleans singer Tricia Boutte with a stellar UK band performing jazz, blues and gospel
Bristol Folk House
Goodmania ’40 - Celebrating Benny Goodman
Pete Long sextet equisitely reproduce Benny Goodman's 1940 sextet
Bristol Folk House
Adrian Utley plays Grant Green + Albuca
Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley pays tribute to Blue Note artist Grant Green
Colston Hall Foyer
SEED Ensemble
A Mercury Award-nominated ten piece band led by alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi.
Jam Jar
Melt Yourself Down
Colston Hall Presents at The Jam Jar
Jam Jar
Bedouin Soundclash • The Jam Jar
The Mr Bongo Records and Easy Star Records signed legends - Bedouin Soundclash - are back by popular demand.
St George's Bristol
Run Logan Run
Part of The Listening Room Series at St George's Bristol.
GoGo Penguin / European Tour 2020
“the Radiohead of British jazz” (Line of Best Fit)
The Bristol Fringe
Afternoon Jazz: Elly Hopkins
An afternoon of jazz standards, tea and cake
The Radnor Rooms
Soultrain Revival present in a stunning ROOF TOP TERRACE THE 2020 SUMMER SOUL ALL DAYER with Soultrain DJ's