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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.
We're currently updating this content, expect up-to-date info soon.

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The Gallimaufry
Waldo’s Gift Open Collaboration
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Fringe Jazz
TONY ORRELL'S BIG TOP
Jazz Propelled by Two Drummers
The Canteen
Rafa Dornelles Trio
With influences of his Brazilian homeland, jazz guitarist Rafa Dornelles comes via contemporary jazz-rock that owes as much to Pat Metheny a
Cosies
Teflon Hands w/ Slim Howl
Deep / Sultry / Techno
El Rincon Bristol
The Jellilalas
A genuine sonic adventure
The Canteen
Strobes
"A sonic triangle of electrified polyrhythms, spaced-out synth jams and off-kilter beats."
The Canteen
J-Felix
Multi-instrumentalist cut his teeth in an eclectic range of bands and musical projects, including touring internationally as Alice Russell’s
The Canteen
Riaan Vosloo’s Uphill Game
Sounds like hard work, doesn’t it, but it really isn’t: think totally classy contemporary jazz from an all-star line-up and you’re there.
Kings Weston House
Baroque and Roll one day music festival
string quartet, americana, jazz, spoken word and more, in aid of Bristol music charity Mind Your Music
The Canteen
Canteen Jazz Session
Open jazz jam session led by Craig Crofton welcomes players to explore classic Jazz and Latin with a hand-picked house trio.
The Canteen
Sublunary
Alun Elliott-Williams guitarist of Waldo's Gift solo show: a musical programme of cinematic proportions with a colossal sound and an arc of
The Gallimaufry
Waldo’s Gift Feat. Sophie Stockham
Saxophonist for renowned Bristol-based acts Dakhla and Sefrial
Fringe Jazz
SILVERADO
A Tribute to Horace Silver
The Canteen
JP3
Full-tilt tenor saxman John Pratt turns his attention to some good-time boogaloo with help from keyboard wizard Ruth Hammond and Matt Brown’
The Canteen
Prudent Primate
Psychedelic jazz-funk band, with prog in there too. A shifting ground behind the tight grooves and exploratory solo playing - fresh and orig
Salt Cafe at The Spin Bar
Three Cane Whale
Cinematic multi-instrumental acoustic trio
El Rincon Bristol
Sophie Stockham Duo
Brilliant jazz saxophonist and keyboardist
Corner 77
Translations
Prudent Primate + Guest + Open Jam
The Old England Pub
Adam Stafford/Bit Miners/IcemanFurniss/Dead Pylons
More shows championing Bristol's eclectic improvised music and alternative jazz scene with special outside guests
The Gallimaufry
Waldo’s Gift: Reworks: TV Theme Tunes
TV theme tunes like you’ve never heard them before!
Fringe Jazz
MATT ANDERSON QUARTET
Award winning jazz composer.
The Canteen
Brown, Moore, Smith Organ Trio
Three of Bristol’s finest musicians (think Dakhla, Modulus III, Brackish, This Is The Kit) put aside their left field credentials to give ..
The Gallimaufry
The Duval Project
Top of its class neo-soul jazz fusion
The Canteen
Kinkajous
It’s contemporary jazz, think spacious electronica, with an ambient atmospheric flow, like maybe FlyLo in a smooth mood or Bonobo cutting...
The Old Market Assembly
The Baghdaddies
An exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour
The Canteen
Troyka
Soaring melodic instrumentals, passionate vocals and relentless rhythm and Bristol’s seasoned Balkaneers Troyka deliver all that and more
The Gallimaufry
Waldo’s Gift Trio
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Fringe Jazz
IAIN BALLAMY & JASON REBELLO
Two major International Jazz Musicians in one band.
Thekla
Youngblood Brass Band
Youngblood Brass Band perform at Thekla
St George's
The Big Chris Barber Band
Chris Barber celebrates 70 years as leader with this special concert.
Fringe Jazz
ALEX GARNETT QUARTET
One of the UK's leading saxophonist.
The Forge
Snazzback
Brilliant Afro-funk outfit
Crofters Rights
Dissolve 4: Sister Iodine (FR) & Ben Vince + More
A night of inconceivable noise and boundless saxophonic experimentation.
Fringe Jazz
ANDY NOWAK TRIO
Brilliant piano trio.
Jam Jar
Flamenco Thief: Full Band Performance
Album Launch night with a full band performance.
Fringe Jazz
PERDATO
Jazz alchemists at work.
Cafe Kino
Ma Polaine's Great Decline
fRoots: “think a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara…”
The Old Market Assembly
Antelope
Bringing modern soul with a massive sound to The Old Market Assembly stage.
The Canteen
Out West launch with Freesoul Familia and Hippo
Out West album launch party with Freesoul Familia and Hippo
The Canteen
Out West Album Launch w/ Freesoul Familia + Hippo
'OUT WEST' is a compilation album documenting the current state of Bristol's thriving jazz-inspired music scenes.
Kuumba Centre
WDC + Manana Cuba present: Ariwo and Tezeta LIVE
Cuban, Iranian, Ethiopian and Jazz influences and beyond...
Arnolfini
Tongue Fu feat. Boat Poets
Tongue Fu is the leading spoken-word and music show
Bristol Old Vic
Windrush: Movement of the People
Featuring an uplifting soundtrack from calypso, jazz and blues to ska, gospel and reggae, Windrush: Movement of the People is a lively celeb
Bristol Old Vic
Windrush: Movement of the People
Featuring an uplifting soundtrack from calypso, jazz and blues to ska, gospel and reggae, Windrush: Movement of the People is a lively celeb
Averys Wine Cellars
Wine and Jazz with Tristan Darby Quartet
An evening of wine, jazz and cheese in our historic cellars!
The Lanes
The Grey Area presents: The Scorpios & Tezeta
Music from the African continent with hints of Jazz and psychedelia.
Exchange
Sophie Hunger
Electronic minimalism with smoky vocals + Laura Marling-esque jazz/folk influence
The Old Market Assembly
Holy Moly & The Crackers
Combining tight, pop sensibility with the naturalism of garage rock and folk/roots.
Thekla
Ezra Collective
Ezra Collective perform at Thekla
The Wardrobe Theatre
Dakhla Brass (‘Mumur’ Album Launch) + Spindle Ense
Dakhla Brass return to The Wardrobe theatre to showcase their brand new and most expansive album yet - ‘Murmur’. + Spindle Ensemble
Thekla
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 perform at Thekla