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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

Gigantic, gonna-sell-out-before-we-talk-to-you-next show at Fiddlers with the Nas co-signed Coops bringing his Native Tongues influenced flow. Jazzy boom-bap 8 piece Mouse Outfit are no slouches in support either! Coops, The Mouse Outfit & Jevon Ives Bristol at Fiddlers.

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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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The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Crofters Rights
IMPROV’S GREATEST HITS
with MILES OTTO / BIG FUSS ENSEMBLE & DEEMS EXPERIMENT
The Be-bop Club
Estraven
London based jazz group on tour
The Thunderbolt
TED MILTON and BLURT
TED MILTON and BLURT + Silenzio + Hide
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Jam Jar
The Door Is Ajar
Inclusive Monthly Jam Night
Crofters Rights
Worm Soundsystem - ALL THREE WORMS B2B2B!
Heavyweight international dancefloor grooves and non stop dancing - four hours B2B2B!
The Hare on the Hill
On the Decks: Ade
Ade spins northern soul, funk, latin, reggae & more
The Stag And Hounds
Nick Malcolm Plays Jazz at The Stag and Hounds
Bristol trumpet explorer guests at The Stag's Weekly Jazz Jam
Crofters Rights
OPUS KINK + FAKE TURINS
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Exchange
Theon Cross
Theon Cross at Exchange
The Bristol Fringe
FITR - Return of The Native + Steve Banks Duo
First gig of the new FITR round season presenting original creative music
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
The Square Club
BURST Open Mic Night
Come to The Square Club for a night of musical talent hosted by BURST!
The Loco Klub
Green Beans
A new live music night that doesn't shy away from the improvised.
Jam Jar
Konjo Sounds: Modulus iii (2hr Set) w/ Zoobers
Unbelievable Improvised music from Bristol favourites
The Cube
Liquid Library Presents: Mystery Vortex
A night of improvised music, where even the bands are unplanned.
The Be-bop Club
James Chadwick Quartet
Guitarist influenced by Bill Frisell
The Canteen
Starlings
Inimitable contemporary Jazz and Funk quartet
St George's Bristol
John Law's Congregation plus Hippo
John Law’s Congregation releases their latest album, CONFIGURATION, on Ubuntu Music. Captivating, anthemic melodies, poerful rhythms
The Old Stillage, Redfield
The Prohibition: 1920s Speakeasy Night
The Midnight Moonshine Club DJs are back for a night at the Speakeasy
The Canteen
The Bomo Swing
Eight piece band renowned for its high energy and unique blend of Balkan, Reggae, Cumbia and dance
Jamaica Street Stores
Day & Night w/ Will Tramp & Elevator Sound
Day & Night w/ Will Tramp (Homoelectric) & Elevator Sound
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Strange Brew
Jerry Bergonzi Quartet
Jazz sax legend w/ quartet including Jason Rebello on piano, and long-time musical collaborators Mark Hodgson and Stephen Keogh
The Hare on the Hill
Hot Jazz Jam at the Hare on the Hill
A jam session celebrating acoustic pre-swing era jazz and ragtime
Strange Brew
Get The Blessing LIVE
"mixes scorching rock with Ornette Coleman-like sax and much more besides to thrilling effect" The Guardian
The Canteen
Hippo
Hippo is an electronic jazz trio based in Bristol
The Old Market Assembly
Dockside Revolutions
A powerful 7 piece salsa combo playing classic salsa, mambo and cha cha
The Canteen
Mellowmatic
Energetic Funk Soul, Jazzy Neo-soul vibes and Hip-hop flavours.
The Greenbank, Easton
Chai For All
Mazl & Brokhe: Yiddish song
The Canteen
Nick Malcolm
Rhythmic and harmonic complexities of contemporary jazz with the intensity and interaction of free improvisation
The Marble Factory
Nubiyan Twist
Nubiyan Twist craft “an elegant yet earthy hybrid of jazz, UK soul and highlife” (Uncut).
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Bristol Music Club
John Pearce & Dave Newton Quartet
Brilliant violinist and multi award-winning jazz pianist and their quartet.
Mr Wolfs
TIKAL + Robyn Alvarez
Modern jazz, psychedelia and hip-hop.
The Canteen
Michel Padrón Quartet
Latin Funk, Electro, Latin Jazz, Drum & Bass and many other genres
The Old Market Assembly
Mad Apple Circus
Horn-fuelled styles, built on Ska/Hip-Hop/Jazz and Latin grooves – nothing but the good stuff
Mr Wolfs
Mulveys Medicine + Support
Funk Brothers from South-East London.
The Canteen
Ask My Bull
A musical chimera that combines the visceral energy of punk, the dance command of a rave and the intriguing nuance of jazz
The Canteen
Milon
Off the chart musicianship, cagey rhythms and brilliant dynamics
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Bristol Music Club
James Morton Band
Bristol's Star Alto Saxophonist & friends
The Canteen
Eastern Strings
Crossing genres including Jazz, World music and Baroque
Mr Wolfs
The Jones Project + Mary Waters
Experience The Jones Project, take it down a gear, with smooth sounds that do the rounds, to soothe troubled ears.’
The Canteen
Dan Waldman
New York jazz guitar star Dan Waldman has a gift for combining the spacious with the funky
The Hare on the Hill
On the Decks: Ade
Ade spins northern soul, funk, latin, reggae & more
PRSC
EP/EVIL-64 (EP/64 & The Evil Usses)
2 bands combine to create a Bristol improv supergroup
The Cube
Lara Jones + Echo Juliet + Harpoon
An evening of saxophone and electronics
Lost Horizon
Worm Gigs: Emma-Jean Thackray + support
One of the stand-out creators of new UK music finally hits Bristol.
Barrelhouse
MARDI GRAS - Day Festival
An all day festival at Barrelhouse Bristol celebrating Mardi Gras
Strange Brew
Worm Gigs: Graham Costello's 'STRATA' (Gearbox)
The stand-out drummer alongside an all star cast of talented Scottish musicians.
Mr Wolfs
Year Of The Dog
Fresh brasshouse-soul sound from Cardiff
The Forge
Moscow Drug Club
A curious musical place where 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet
The Hare on the Hill
Hot Jazz Jam at the Hare on the Hill
A jam session celebrating acoustic pre-swing era jazz and ragtime
Mr Wolfs
Mellowmatic + Support
Energetic Funk Soul, Jazzy Neo-soul vibes and Hip-hop flavours.
Mr Wolfs
Cantaloop
Ever-powerful body of Funk, Punk, Soul, Electro, Jazz and Hip Hop.
The Hare on the Hill
Chai For All
Mazl & Brokhe: Yiddish song
The Lanes
Erratic Batting/BLG: L'Eclair
Swiss Cosmic Psych-Funk 6 Piece Debut in Bristol
Jam Jar
Melt Yourself Down
Melt Yourself Down create “free-improv jazz as if it were hard-charging rock music” (Pitchfork).
Bristol Music Club
Denny Ilett & Gareth Williams Quartet
Brilliant Jazz Guitarist's new Quartet with award winning pianist Gareth Williams
Bristol Music Club
Dan Newberry Quartet
Rising Stars of British Jazz
SWX Bristol
KOKOROKO
Bristol Beacon presents KOKOROKO at SWX, Bristol
The Jam Jar
The Jam Jar Presents: COLECTIVA
Afro-Latin Jazz reflecting on themes of sisterhood and female empowerment.
Bristol Folk House
Blue Rose Code
The musical moniker of Ross Wilson, Blue Rose Code’s songs hold a stirring, deeply emotive potency.
The Lanes
ETUK UBONG + THE ETUK PHILOSOPHY
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
The Trinity Centre
Portico Quartet
Since 2007 Portico Quartet have made an indelible mark with their expansive cinematic arrangements.
The Lanes
KANAAN + KUNGENS MÄN
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
The Hare on the Hill
Hot Jazz Jam at the Hare on the Hill
A jam session celebrating acoustic pre-swing era jazz and ragtime
St George's Bristol
Bill Laurance
Grammy award-winning keyboardist / composer Bill Laurance, performs an intimate solo piano + electronics set
Jam Jar
Erratic Batting/LowKey: Lunch Money Life + Support
Brain-Frying Post-Apocalyptic Math-Jazz
The Cube
Friendly Records presents: Modern Nature
“Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises”
The Hare on the Hill
Hot Jazz Jam at the Hare on the Hill
A jam session celebrating acoustic pre-swing era jazz and ragtime
Mr Wolfs
INTERGALACTIC BRASSTRONAUTS
Mighty 12 Piece brass band
The Hare on the Hill
Hot Jazz Jam at the Hare on the Hill
A jam session celebrating acoustic pre-swing era jazz and ragtime
The Hare on the Hill
Hot Jazz Jam at the Hare on the Hill
A jam session celebrating acoustic pre-swing era jazz and ragtime
Motion
GoGo Penguin / European Tour
“the Radiohead of British jazz” (Line of Best Fit)