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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 Trinity Centre
Ishmael Ensemble
Astral jazz, burbling electronica, trippy minimalism, psychedelic dub
El Rincon
The Invisible Apples
classy Jazz originals and an ever-growing selection of standards.
The Cloak and Dagger
Karolina Griškutė Quartet at The Cloak and Dagger
Karolina Griškutė is set to serenade you with smooth jazz classics in this intimate, socially distanced show presented by The Cloak and Dag
St George's Bristol
Spindle Ensemble | Inkling album launch
Hidden Notes presents: Spindle Ensemble | Inkling album launch at St George's concert hall (support from Mandel)
The Trinity Centre
Mammal Hands - Postponed
Hypnotic jazz and electronica fusion
The Lanes
HIPPO + GEORGIE WARD
Seated Show / Table Service / Safety Measures In Place
Strange Brew
WDC Presents: Emma-Jean Thackray
Two showings with one of the UK's stand out 'jazz' artists of 2020.
Mr Wolfs
Gully + Cura
Backed by his 6-piece band, including a brass trio, his contemporary indie/jazz style is oft likened to Brasstracks & Tom Misch.
Mr Wolfs
Year Of The Dog
Full capacity standing show
SWX
Nubiyan Twist
Nubiyan Twist play SWX Bristol on 18th September 2021.
Motion
GoGo Penguin / European Tour
“the Radiohead of British jazz” (Line of Best Fit)
Jam Jar
Islandman & Athletic Progression
2 international bands at The Jam Jar