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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.

Is there a new generation of jazz?

Many people who lived through the golden era of jazz will tell you it's dead. But many international publications say jazz is having a new dawn in the UK and that the genre is evolving because of multiculturalism. Some of this can be seen in the Bristol jazz scene, the non-purist outlook of Worm Disco Club and Bristol Jazz and Blues Fest. With a new generation of jazz fans, comes a new outlook on jazz - Bristol has always had young and adventurous music makers from it’s local community and insurgent student population. Will Bristol be the new centre of a new kind of jazz in the UK? Only time will tell.

Our recent jazz recommendations

SELL OUT WARNING: 70s Ethio-jazz legend who drifted into obscurity but now may be considered one of the all time pioneers…..revitalised (in the West) by Awesome Tapes From Africa’s re-issue project, Hailu’s imaginative organ and accordion grooves capture the popular ghosts of the past for our modern ears. LowKey: Hailu Mergia + Daniel Inzani + DJ set at The Jam Jar.
Instrumental post-punk spiritually reconstructed by live dub, conjuring ghosts of golden age On U Sound or the bass-heavy groove of Liquid Liquid or Can’s non-existent sessions at Lee Perry’s Blak Ark Studios (why did this never happen?!). These kinds of bands just rarely exist in the 2020s - Holy Tongue are a righteous offering! Schwet with Holy Tongue & Ex-Agent at Strange Brew.
Hitting the sweet spot between free-flowing jazz, neo-soul and poetry, Allysha Joy weaves mercurial, spiritual realms with her music; for fans of Hiatus Kaiyote. Allysha Joy + Holysseus Fly at Strange Brew.
Soon to be held aloft as the spiritual successor to Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra and the cosmic jazz prophets - Chicago multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Angel Bat Dawid creates avant garde jazz of stunning depth and feeling. To our knowledge, this is her first time in the UK - get healed, see history. ANGEL BAT DAWID at Arnolfini.

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WHAT OUR EDITORS SAY

Dirty Alex is a brand new hip-hop collective based in Cardiff influenced by legends such as A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots and Miles Davis. Similar to Guru’s ‘Jazzmatazz’, the aim of the project is to combine the sounds of live jazz musicians with the raw energy of talented rappers.
Worm Disco presents..... Come and enjoy some live jazz under the cover of the Pipe & Lovers Event Stretch Tent. Arrive from 7pm Band on from 8pm Full Pipe & Lovers food menu available until 9pm Please wrap up nice & warm as we are an outdoor venue!! xx
Worm Disco presents..... Come and enjoy some live jazz under the cover of the Pipe & Lovers Event Stretch Tent. Arrive from 7pm Band on from 8pm Full Pipe & Lovers food menu available until 9pm Please wrap up nice & warm as we are an outdoor venue!! xx

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Heyouki
Neo-Soul/Jazz collective
The Be-bop Club
Ed Jones and Andy Hague Quintet
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Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
The Love Inn
Resident Session #33, Millie Mckee
Every thursday we invite Millie McKee or Morey Cillar to come play an extended set.
The Gallimaufry
More Soup
A tasteful evening of vinyl grooves
Mocha Mocha Coffee House
Ben Cipolla Lunchtime Solo Gig
Local jazz-pop artist playing his new album 'Casa Mia' at a much-loved coffee shop in Bristol.
The Gallimaufry
New Forms hosted by Bex & Nathan Worm
Warm soul and slow electronica from DJ Bex and Nathan Worm
Fiddlers
Hannah Williams & The Affirmations + Elles Bailey
Well-renowned across the global soul scene for their retro-inspired sound.
The Stable, Bristol
Aisha
Aisha is a British singer, songwriter of Libyan descent who’s passion for music and singing was inspired by listening to artists such as Ery
Crofters Rights
Worm Soundsystem w/ DJ Tahira (São Paulo)
The return of DJ Tahira from São Paulo.
The Volunteer Tavern
Reverb Bistro Summer Party
Spinning records all day and all night in the yard
Strange Brew
Jus' Move
Dancefloor Jazz, Broken Beat, Fusion, Bossa House, Brazilian and Afrobeat.
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
Crofters Rights
ARCHIPELAGO > MEMOTONE > ROMAN
presented by Improv’s Greatest Hits
The Bristol Fringe
Fringe In The Round
Palindromes + Mark Whitlam Solo
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
The Gallimaufry
Kaleidoscope: Dave Sanders Chaos Ensemble
Saxophonist Dave Saunders will be conjuring up cosmic sounds
Mr Wolfs
Wednesday Night Live Music
Top shelf live music every Wednesday
The Canteen
The Canteen Jazz Session
Our lively jazz jam session is led by the versatile saxophone hero Craig Crofton
The Thunderbolt
Iceman Furniss + Brace + Jake Healy&Alfie Grieve
Camemberts Box introduces an evening of improv
The Greenbank Pub, Easton
Yetii: TRIO EDITION
Acoustic Jazz Trio play original compositions
Mr Wolfs
Bear Pak + The Jam Collectived
From lightly chilled jazz tunes to steaming hot funk & disco
Volunteer Tavern
Wat(er) the Funk!
Bringing together local jazz musicians and DJs to raise money for Wateraid.
To The Moon
Jack Harris & JOW: Pear O'Legs Presents
World-class original acoustic music in a unique, intimate setting.
Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
The Love Inn
Resident Session #34 Millie Mckee LIVE
Millie McKee brings her LIVE set up to the Inn for an extra special - potentially one off performance.
The Gallimaufry
New Forms hosted by Bex & Nathan Worm
Warm soul and slow electronica from DJ Bex and Nathan Worm
The Lansdown
Chai For All
Mazl & Brokhe: Yiddish song
The Canteen
The Brass Junkies + Spinthief (DJ)
Dynamic 8 piece brass band inspired by the funky Mardi Gras sounds of the New Orleans street bands
The Love Inn
Touching Bass w/ Errol & Alex Rita
The South London collective are in town!!
Mr Wolfs
Maitree Express + Speakers of The House
Dub Fusion band from Bath/ Bristol
The Raven
The Sunday Jazz Conspiracy
Adam Stokes Trio + Guest Singer
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
The Canteen
Orphic
This chord-less quartet will be exploring some of their favourite compositions by thelonious Monk, Dewey Redman, Don Cherry and more.
Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
The Gallimaufry
New Forms hosted by Bex & Nathan Worm
Warm soul and slow electronica from DJ Bex and Nathan Worm
The Love Inn
Secretsundaze w/ Roo and Local Dog
Halcyon Wax presents an exploration through roots driven dance music headed by Secretsundaze
Lost Horizon
We Out Here x Worm Disco Club: Tash LC + Flowdan
Support from Rwkus, Papaoul + More | A tasty evening of musical flavours weaving between Afro, Latin, Jazz and inter-continental bass
The Cloak and Dagger
A Movement
An evening of broken beats and jazz dance with special guest Roo
The Volunteer Tavern
Early Doors Day Party
Balearic Chillout and Dance Party in the Beer Garden
Grow Wilder
Sunhaze #2- Ethereal Forest
An immersive chillout event in a beautiful outdoor space, highlighting the intricate relationship between music and nature
The Raven
The Sunday Jazz Conspiracy
The Marvin Muoneké Quartet
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
The Gallimaufry
King Heron perform 'A Go Go'
A tribute to John Scofield's iconic funk/jazz album
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
The Gallimaufry
Kaleidoscope: Waldo's Gift
Live improvisation from the enigmatic trio
Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
The Bristol Fringe
Adam Stokes and Victoria Klewin
Adam Stokes and Victoria Klewin Live
The Canteen
Shanghai Shuffle
Let us transport you to the age of the roaring 20s, gin mills, giggle water + bubbles at the Ritz...
The Old Market Assembly
Broken Brass
Taking brass to a new level
The Cloak and Dagger
Arvy Ethers & Baldhu
Two new and forward-thinking groups presented by Improv's Greatest Hits + more tbc
The Gallimaufry
New Forms hosted by Bex & Nathan Worm
Warm soul and slow electronica from DJ Bex and Nathan Worm
The Love Inn
Zillas on Acid w/ tba
Made up of Thomas Roland and James Weissinger, Zillas on Acid are a name stay for all things slow-motion disco
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
The Gallimaufry
Still Murray
Hip-hop and R&B inspired grooves
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
The Canteen
The Scarlet Muses
Bristol-based jazz + swing band
Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
The Canteen
Safrela
Safrela are an all-female, Bristol-based collective, brought together by their love of Afro-Brazilian rhythms and vocal harmonies
The Gallimaufry
New Forms hosted by Bex & Nathan Worm
Warm soul and slow electronica from DJ Bex and Nathan Worm
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Crofters Rights
Fika Album Launch
Groove laden 8-piece neo-soul collective Fika launch 'Respiration, Vol. 2'
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
The Hare on the Hill
Hot Jazz Jam
A jam session celebrating acoustic pre-swing era jazz and ragtime
Exchange
Twisted Ankle
Twisted Ankle's final ever show
Crofters Rights
DWELL + KANADIA + EX AGENT
Free show, presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
The Raven
The Sunday Jazz Conspiracy
Adam Stokes Trio + Guest Singer
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
The Stable, Bristol
Soma Soma
Soma Soma at the Stable, Bristol
The Raven
The Sunday Jazz Conspiracy
The Marvin Muoneké Quartet
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
Strange Brew
Xenia Rubinos LIVE
Xenia Rubinos’ music fuses Latin rhythms, downtempo R&B and electronic pop experimentations.
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
The Jam Jar
Ben Cipolla - Live Album Showcase
Soul-soothing vocals with jazz-pop band and string quartet
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
The Raven
The Sunday Jazz Conspiracy
Adam Stokes Trio + Guest Singer
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
The Hare on the Hill
Hot Jazz Jam
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Strange Brew
Worm Gigs: Waaju + Majid Bekkas - POSTPONED!
''Spiritual, deep, rich psychedelic music with influences from around the world''
The Raven
The Sunday Jazz Conspiracy
The Marvin Muoneké Quartet
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
The Golden Lion
THE MODERN ROOM
The Finest Soul Music
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
The Globe
Worm Disco Club in Cardiff! *POSTPONED*
Our first multi-lineup event ever in Wales!
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
The Cloak and Dagger
J.A.M Jazz String Trio
Candlelit night in a stunning setting!
Crofters Rights
Erratic Batting: Glass Museum
Neo-Jazz Electronica from Belgium!
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
The Hare on the Hill
Hot Jazz Jam
A jam session celebrating acoustic pre-swing era jazz and ragtime
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
Lost Horizon
Alabaster DePlume
“The method is part of the mission. It wasn’t like school. We had mayhem. We were having fun. That is the story and the process – and I want
Lost Horizon
Charlotte Dos Santos
Norwegian-Brazilian singer makes her Bristol debut!
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
The Hare on the Hill
Hot Jazz Jam
A jam session celebrating acoustic pre-swing era jazz and ragtime
The Trinity Centre
Ozric Tentacles and Gong
Killer psychedelic collaboration
Bristol Folk House
Martin Stephenson
Martin Stephenson @ Bristol Folk House
The Trinity Centre
Oscar Jerome
Funky jazz, hip hip, and neo-soul
The Hare on the Hill
Hot Jazz Jam
A jam session celebrating acoustic pre-swing era jazz and ragtime