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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 Canteen
We Are Leif
Comprised of four established Bristol jazzers, they deftly span the balance of jazz sensibilities with groove more associated with Nu-Soul,
The Gallimaufry
Hippo + Eyebrow
New future jazz heavyweights
Cafe Kino
Liquid Library Presents a Night of Sonic Wisdom.
COIMS 'Centers Parting' Cassette Launch
The Forge
Dakhla Brass
Dakhla Brass - a group propelled by percussion, but theirs is ‘not exactly’ music – not exactly jazz, not exactly hip-hop, not exactly brass
El Rincon Bristol
Hopkins-Hammond Trio
Scorchingly good jazz/funk trio led by ace guitarist
The Orchard Coffee and Co
Jazz and Street Food
A sensational evening with Food and Live Music
The Forge
Dakhla Brass plus Jade
Jazz ,Brass ,Beats,brilliant
The Cube
Michael Hurley + Ashley Paul + Gwenifer Raymond
In tune with everything and out there connecting. Magical musics.
Cafe Kino
Vostok 5 - Robin Foster - Yungylek
Free Improvisation, Free Noise, Free Jazz
LEFTBANK
Federico Leonori Trio
Up-beat Jazz from great local players
Exchange
Jus' Begun - Midsummer fundraiser for TEMWA
Afrobeat/Latin/Funk/Reggae fundraiser clubnight for Temwa Charity
Pasture
The Louise Victoria Trio
Pasture Presents: The Louise Victoria Trio
The Attic Bar
The Brass Funkeys
The Brass Funkeys / Ruth Royall / Stevie Bear
The Canteen
Richard Hughes
Jazz and circus undertones; he can play the tuba, the accordion and even the scissors, but it’s probably the squeezebox you’ll be charmed by
Fringe Jazz
BEN WAGHORN QUARTET
Groovy Hammond and Guitar type things with a brilliant Saxophonist up front.
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift Feat. 3dYwK (aka Ric Yarborough)
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Canteen
Ibou Tall & Jazzmates
Dazzlingly impressive Senegalese jazz pianist Ibou Tall starts from the classic sounds of piano standards, though there’s no denying his Afr
The Canteen
Lacuna
Jazz fusion with a love of dirty re-harmonisations and irregular time signatures, this quintet are bringing their best grooves.
El Rincon Bristol
Andrew Christie Quartet
Lovely lyrical jazz-inflected instrumental quartet
Mr Wolfs
UK:ID and Hexcut at Mr Wolf's
High energy Dance band mixing Drum & Bass, Rock and Hip Hop influences!
The Canteen
Taylor Smith & The Roamin' Jasmine
There’s New Orleans jazz and there’s jazz outta New Orleans and this lot - pulled together by singing bassist Taylor Smith - got ‘em both.
Exchange
4 J Dilla
the legacy of ‘Dillaesque' music
Pasture
The Connoisseurs Soul Sessions
Paul Alexander, Playing his Soul Train dose Ibiza set
The Plough
Easton Standard Time
John Stapleton & Steve Rice playing vintage vinyl soul, reggae and more...
St Werburghs Community Centre
JumpStartJazz
Starter - Intermediate Jazz Improv Workshop. All instruments welcome, including voice. £20.
Fringe Jazz
IBOU TALL & JAZZMATES
Afro-Senegalese rhythms and melodies blended with Jazz
El Rincon Bristol
Riaan Vosloo's Uphill Game
Masterful contemporary jazz quartet led by virtuosic double-bassist
Cosies
Jus' Begun presents Analog Africa
Return of label boss Samy Ben Redjeb plus John Stapleton
At The Well
Liquid Library At The Well
Weird Sounds at the launderette
St Peter's Church
Summertime!
Bristol Cabot Choir Summer Concert
No.1 Harbourside
Mustard Brass Band
New orleans style brass band with a bristol twist featuring Jimbino Vegan’s Tuba
Hen and Chicken
KEITH TIPPETT BENEFIT
Help raise money to support Keith Tippett whilst he recovers from a heart attack.
Fringe Jazz
GARY ALESBROOK 'Jazz in Movies'
Jazz Music from great Movie Soundtracks
Thekla
Lucky Chops
Lucky Chops perform at Thekla
St Werburghs Community Centre
JumpStartJazz
Starter - Intermediate Jazz Improv Workshop. All instruments welcome, including voice. £20.
Fringe Jazz
NICK MALCOLM & OLIE BRICE QUARTET
Featuring the internationally renowned saxophonist PAUL DUNMALL
Cafe Kino
Bettella & Stabler: EP Launch
Bettella & Stabler EP Launch w/ Maaike Siegerist & Jonni Slater
The Redgrave Theatre
Two Pianos
Join the sensational Two Pianos on a stunning musical journey back in time to celebrate the finest hits that shaped the Rock 'n' Roll music
Fringe Jazz
GRAHAM CLARK QUARTET
Ex Gong violinist with his brilliant jazz quartet
St Stephens Church
Ian M Perry live
A lunchtime concert featuring original songs and music by Ian M Perry
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
Thekla
Youngblood Brass Band
Youngblood Brass Band perform at Thekla
Cafe Kino
Ma Polaine's Great Decline
fRoots: “think a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara…”
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
Thekla
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 perform at Thekla