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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.

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LEFTBANK
LUNAR Sessions | Bristol Launch
Eclectic live performance, sound and visuals at LeftBank.
The Be-bop Club
Jack Yardley Quintet
London based drummer and composer
Aesop's Tables
Alkemio Christmas
Fermentation and fusion meets fine cuisine, with some of Bristol's finest jazz
El Rincon
Andrew Christie Quartet
Lyrical instrumental jazz-inflected quartet
Aesop's Tables
Alkemio Christmas
Fermentation and fusion meets fine cuisine, with some of Bristol's finest jazz
LEFTBANK
An evening with Melotone, Chicken Picnic & MUCH mo
Two of Bristol's finest jazz bands; a night of DJs performing live acid
The Greenbank Pub, Easton
Joe Northwood + Alex Veitch Trio
We're very happy to welcome Saxophone Supremo from Cardiff, Joe Northwood
Aesop's Tables
Alkemio Christmas
Fermentation and fusion meets fine cuisine, with some of Bristol's finest jazz
The Gallimaufry
Chicken Picnic
Glittery, soothing neo-soul
The Stag And Hounds
Ollie Angelkov Cummings 4tet + Jam session
Freebop bad boy returns to the Stag's weekly Jazz Jam
Exchange
Yoke / Carnivorous Plants / Euan Metz
Basement Show. Noise / Free Improvisation / Sonic Weirdness
Greenbank Pub
Konik H4
Fabulous spontaneous free jazz
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Reworks: Astral Weeks
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
New MoOn on the Quay
Martin Kern and Massimo Merighi
Contemporary jazz from this tenor and organ duo
The Bristol Fringe
Hopkins, Pearce and Oliver
Afternoon Jazz at the Fringe - seated concerts for mature audiences
The Old Stillage
East Bristol Jazz Club Jam and Party
Jazz jam with house band and special guest Andy Hague
The Rising Sun - Windmill Hill
Trip For Biscuits
Guaranteed to have you shaking your tassels, with their ragtime take on some of today's chart hits.
The Be-bop Club
Miles Behind 2
Recreations of late era Miles Davis tunes
El Rincon
Ministry Of Swing
Vivacious Stroud-based acoustic swing combo
Browns Bristol
NYE Party @ Browns with The Gin Bowlers
Filthy Swing, prohibition and cocktails!
The Bristol Fringe
Tin Man's Heart
Original songs - swing, blues, americana and soul
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Reworks: TBC
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Cafe Kino
Tongue Theory - Day 1 (Evening)
2 Day Festival of Free Improvisation, Noise, Free Jazz & other avant-gardery
Exchange
Tongue Theory - Day 2 (Afternoon)
2 Day Festival of Free Improvisation, Noise, Free Jazz & other avant-gardery
Exchange
Tongue Theory - Day 2 (Evening)
2 Day Festival of Free Improvisation, Noise, Free Jazz & other avant-gardery
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Open Collaboration
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
1532 Performing Arts Centre
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra
The UK's premier cutting-edge youth jazz orchestra live in concert.
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift w/ AV Trio
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
O2 Academy
Caravan Palace
O2 Academy Bristol
The Cube
VANISHING TWIN + TARA CLERKIN TRIO
Gravy Train proudly present: Vanishing Twin, plus Tara Clerkin Trio.
The Trinity Centre
KOKOROKO
A young, London based Afrobeat 8-Piece band led by trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Synesthesia w/ Holysseus Fly
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Gallimaufry
Snazzback Open Stage
The spirit of collaboration
The Louisiana
Cousin Kula & more for Independent Venue Week
Three stages of forward thinking alternative music, curated by Chiverin for Independent Venue Week at The Louisiana
The Attic Bar
Swing & Bass: The Twisted 20s!
Swing & Bass comes to Bristol!
LEFTBANK
Karolina Griškutė Quartet
Karolina Griškutė Quartet
The Gallimaufry
Quinn Oulton
Jazz, hip-hop and funk
The Gallimaufry
Quinn Oulton
Quinn Oulton plays the Gallimaufry
Cafe Kino
Trio Sowari/SALTINGSxMGxTH/Grolf Self/Yungylek
Free music, free improvisation, free noise but not free drinks (or curly fries).
Exchange
Yelfris Valdés
melange delighted to welcome Yelfris Valdés for first Bristol show
Bristol Folk House
Tricia Boutté - Gumbo Europa
New Orleans singer Tricia Boutte with a stellar UK band performing jazz, blues and gospel
Bristol Folk House
Goodmania ’40 - Celebrating Benny Goodman
Pete Long sextet equisitely reproduce Benny Goodman's 1940 sextet
Bristol Folk House
Adrian Utley plays Grant Green + Albuca
Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley pays tribute to Blue Note artist Grant Green
Colston Hall Foyer
SEED Ensemble
A Mercury Award-nominated ten piece band led by alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi.
Jam Jar
Bedouin Soundclash • The Jam Jar
The Mr Bongo Records and Easy Star Records signed legends - Bedouin Soundclash - are back by popular demand.
Motion
GoGo Penguin / European Tour 2020
“the Radiohead of British jazz” (Line of Best Fit)
The Radnor Rooms
TERRACE SOUL ALL DAYER
Soultrain Revival present in a stunning ROOF TOP TERRACE THE 2020 SUMMER SOUL ALL DAYER with Soultrain DJ's