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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 Tobacco Factory
Eyebrow
Atmospheric, cinematic, post-jazz trumpet and drums duo
Hen & Chicken
Alan Barnes' "A Jazz Christmas Carol"
Like the Dickens classic itself, Alan Barnes’s “Christmas Carol” has something for everyone. A family night out that is also a treat for the
The Old Market Assembly
Swing Sunday w/ The Schmoozenbergs & Swing Dancing
The doors to The Old Market Assembly will swing open for a night of hoppin’, stompin’ live music and dance.
The Gallimaufry
The Bristol Sessions featuring Mo Pleasure
All-star live soul, R&B and rare groove
TOMORROW
The Canteen
Canteen Jazz Session
Our lively open jazz jam session is led by versatile saxophone hero Craig Crofton
Tue 19th/12/2017
The Gallimaufry
Forth & Back
Golden Era Hip-Hop House Band
Wed 20th/12/2017
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift Trio - Featuring Rob Pemberton
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 21st/12/2017
Salt Café
Three Cane Whale
A renowned multi-instrumental cinematic folk trio
LEFTBANK
Leftbank Jam Band
Hosted by the LBJBS
The Canteen
Moksha
Moody psychedelia fuses jazz, hip-hop, funk and heavy blues with far-out improvisation
Fri 22nd/12/2017
The Be-bop Club
The All Stars with Kev & Jonny
Some of Bristol's finest jazz musicians
Exchange
Electric Swing Circus Xmas Special
Electric Swing Circus Xmas Special
No.1 Harbourside
Jump Blues Belle
Belle Day is a Bristol based band fronted by Belinda Lee
El Rincon Bristol
Stuffy Turkey Trio
stellar acoustic jazz trio with a Monkish tint
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Xmas Jams & best of the year
CHRISTMAS EVE
The Golden Lion
Tea For Two!! Christmas Eve Bonanza!!
Baby It's Cold Outside!! Come On In And Get Cozy With A Cup Of Tea For Two!!
The Gallimaufry
The Bristol Sessions Xmas Eve Special!
All-star live soul, R&B and rare groove
Wed 27th/12/2017
Fringe Jazz
SINATRA SPECIAL
Denny Ilett & friends pay tribute to old blue eyes.
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift Trio - Featuring Migs Andrews
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Canteen
Lazy River Band
Easy, breezy acoustic swing quartet playing classic jazz numbers
Thu 28th/12/2017
LEFTBANK
Leftbank Jam Band
Hosted by the LBJBS
The Gallimaufry
Backbeat - Jam Night
Forward thinking soul music
The Canteen
Organ3man
It all starts with the Hammond organ and Ev Newman's flying fingertips across the keys
Sat 30th/12/2017
The Canteen
The Freedom Blues Dance Quartet
Blues, funk and jazz with an afro-latin twist.
NEW YEARS EVE
Colston Hall
Funk Yeah! New Year’s Eve Party feat
Craig Charles, Soul Train, The Correspondents, Don Letts, James Taylor Quartet and more
The Old Market Assembly
OMA New Years Eve Extravaganza
At The Old Market Assembly we want to say goodbye and good riddance in style
Mr Wolfs
Crinkle Cuts NYE Den Party!
Bombastic latin ska in a riddling, woodland wonderland
Tue 2nd/01/2018
The Canteen
Ben Jordan
If you were down in Cornwall this summer and caught the sound of a smoky-voiced busker
Wed 3rd/01/2018
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift Trio w/ Toby Perrett
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Canteen
Dan Waldman Trio
Groovy guitarist Dan Waldman picked up some pretty mean chops in his years on the New York jazz circuit.
Thu 4th/01/2018
LEFTBANK
Leftbank Jam Band
Hosted by the LBJBS
The Canteen
Skedaddle
What made Buckfastleigh famous may not be early swing and classic pre-war jazz but this six-piece outfit are out to change that.
Fri 5th/01/2018
The Be-bop Club
George Cooper Quintet
Top jazz pianist and composer
The Golden Lion
Chica BoOM!
Funk, Hip Ho, Soul, any everything else from DJ Rocka Lua
No.1 Harbourside
Victoria Klewin & The True Tones
The very best in vocally-driven jazz, blues and soul.
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ David J Bull
Italo relief & luscious house vibes from Cardiff’s party planner
Sat 6th/01/2018
Mr Wolfs
Nightlarks // DJ Hiphoppapotamus & Friends
Soul & Jazz from the 1950s, 60s and 70s
Sun 7th/01/2018
Tue 9th/01/2018
The Canteen
Twelve Months of Summer feat. Claire Ji
Soulful singer/songwriter Claire Ji took her tales of life’s vagaries around the world to much acclaim
Wed 10th/01/2018
Fringe Jazz
THE THREE TENORS
Ben Waghorn / Jake McMurchie / Nick Dover
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Soundscapes and Spoken Word
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 11th/01/2018
The Gallimaufry
Ruth Royall Presents: Bronte Shande Kirkby
All-star live Soul, R&B and Rare Groove
Fri 12th/01/2018
No.1 Harbourside
Snazzback
With sparky percussion veteran Myke Vince alongside new generation players like big time business man and new kid on the block saxophonist..
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Colours
Quality underground house music from around the world
Sat 13th/01/2018
The Golden Lion
Jazz Cannibals
Jazz and Blues grooves
Sun 14th/01/2018
The Tobacco Factory
Manos Puestas Trio
Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Latin and Rumba!
The Gallimaufry
The Next Movement
Jazz, Neo-soul and Afrobeat
The Canteen
Andy Nowak Trio
As a jazz pianist Andy Nowak has it all covered from cool to funky via clever and contemporary. T
Mon 15th/01/2018
The Canteen
Canteen Jazz Session
Our lively open jazz jam session is led by versatile saxophone hero Craig Crofton who welcomes seasoned players to explore classic jazz...
Wed 17th/01/2018
Fringe Jazz
ANDREW BAIN QUINTET
One of the UK's leading drummers and his band of band leaders.
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Open Collaboration
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 18th/01/2018
The Canteen
Group Yakar
When a group of skilful musicians take their collective inspiration from the glorious music of West Africa
The Gallimaufry
The Tribute Series do Michael Jackson
All-star live Soul, R&B and Rare Groove
Fri 19th/01/2018
Sun 21st/01/2018
Wed 24th/01/2018
Fringe Jazz
NICK DOVER'S FAULT LINES
Four of Bristol's best jazz musicians.
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Reworks: Four Tet
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 25th/01/2018
The Gallimaufry
Ruth Royall Presents: The Duval Project
All-star live Soul, R&B and Rare Groove
Fri 26th/01/2018
Mr Wolfs
Hiphoppapotamus Live Band + The Flamenco Thief
Samba Junglist known for his infectiously fun fusions of latin, jazz, reggae and funk
No.1 Harbourside
Los Gusanos
With their shared background in Soul, Jazz and Blues this new threesome from Bristol and London aim to make hard-swinging music that...
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ DSC
Beats and space are there for the exploration
Sat 27th/01/2018
Sun 28th/01/2018
Tue 30th/01/2018
The Gallimaufry
Rafa Dornelles Trio
Master of Landscapes - album launch
The Canteen
Sophie Stockham & Jonny Henderson
Here’s a finely balanced duo of jazz talents guaranteed to get a red-hot groove on the go.
Wed 31st/01/2018
Fringe Jazz
Paul Dunmall & John O'Gallagher Quartet
British Saxophone Colossus meets the American Alto Sax Wizard
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift w/ James Beckwith Trio
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Canteen
Kevin Figes
One of Bristol’s classiest and most adventurous jazz musicians and composers, saxophonist Kevin Figes..
Fri 2nd/02/2018
The Steam Crane
Horning Glory
The maddest, baddest, illest, brassiest squad you've ever heard!
Fri 16th/02/2018
Fri 9th/03/2018
Royal Oak Pub
Horning Glory
The maddest, baddest, illest, brassiest squad you've ever heard!
Sat 24th/03/2018
Tue 10th/04/2018
Sat 14th/04/2018
The Golden Lion
Peanut Shuffle Club Big Band
Old timey swing and pop, full band