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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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The Trinity Centre
Waldo's Gift - EP Launch
EP Launch for Bristol's experimental Jazz trio
St George's Bristol
Rosie Frater-Taylor
Rosie Frater-Taylor is one of the leading lights on the London jazz scene.
Bristol Music Club
Art Themen Quartet
Legendary Tenor Player here in Bristol
El Rincon
Kevin Figes & Denny Ilett
Top-notch saxophone and guitar jazz duo
Bristol Beacon
Nuala Honan
Tonic Sessions Presents: Nuala Honan
Bristol Beacon Foyer
Nuala Honan
Nuala Honan’s work offers mesmerising vibrancy.
The Be-bop Club
Jake McMurchie Quartet
Fantastic jazz saxophonist
The Bristol Fringe
Afternoon Jazz - Sarah Meek
Jazz vocalist and her trio play an afternoon concert
The Forge, Bristol
Sefrial are Gold, Sugar, Diamond encrusted magic
El Rincon
Kevin Figes & Denny Ilett
Top-notch saxophone and guitar jazz duo
The Canteen
Brass Junkies
Dynamic and versatile 8-piece brass band performing New Orleans style jazz, pop and funk covers
Mr Wolfs
Binbag Wisdom + Razzomo
A totally fresh take on live hip hop, Blending soulful nu-jazz sounds with witty yet heartfelt lyricism.
The Stag And Hounds
Jazz and Hounds (plus Jam)
The Stag's Weekly Jazz Jam Session
The Lanes
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Crofters Rights
Improv’s Greatest Hits Label Launch
with Big Fuss / Dolebury Warren Movement / Ex Agent / Bearer
The Canteen
Soufian Saihi
Evoking the enticing mystery of the North African desert
Bristol Music Club
A Tribute to Horace Silver
Crofters Rights
Presneted by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Jam Jar
Konjo Sounds: Têtes Des Pois w/ Hippo
Modern Jazz from Bristol and Leeds
Cloak and Dagger, The
Around About Dusk
Come and join us for an evening of jazz and folk with the talented Around About Dusk
The Be-bop Club
Sound of BlueNote
Live homage to the great jazz label
Winterbourne Medieval Barn
Down at the Barn Halloween Special
Join Leonie Evans and guests for some laid back blues, jazz and folk.
The Canteen
Multi disciplined musicians of jazz, folk, rock, and electronic worlds
The Greenbank
Chai For All
Mazl & Brokhe: Yiddish song
Crofters Rights
Worm Soundsystem - Halloween with Papaoul
We return for the last Saturday of the month madness with special guest 'Papaoul'.
Crofters Rights
Richard The Fourth @ Crofters Rights
Richard The Fourth Full Band with James Humphrys
The Canteen
Presidents of Parp
The beauty and majesty of the sound of brass
Cloak and Dagger, The
Harmonica Nick & Friends
An eclectic mix of Latin funk, blues & jazz
St George's Bristol
Slowly Rolling Camera + Modulus III
Two of the most original improv-driven bands in the southwest
The Trinity Centre
Nubya Garcia
Award-winning saxophonist and composer
Worm Gigs: Steam Down + support
The enigmatic and energetic South London collective on their first ever UK tour.
Bristol Beacon
Mark Lockheart's 'Dreamers' Quartet
One of UK's leading saxophonists (Loose Tubes, Polar Bear, Malija) brings his NEW band to Bristol
Jam Jar
Islandman & Athletic Progression
2 international bands at The Jam Jar
Jam Jar
Mellowmatic live
Hip Hop, Funk, Soul Jazz and Dope Arse Beats
The Canteen
Saoco Collective live
Crofters Rights
Late Night Funk Club: Live Funk Band + DJs
LNFC host The Good, The Bad & The Funk (live) + Streets of Soul DJs
The Cube
QWAK club returns with a biggie, one to banish the Sunday scaries.
Jam Jar
LowKey: Yakul + China Bowls + Nathan Worm
LowKey presents Brightonian Neo Soul head-turners - Yakul.
Jam Jar
Konjo Sounds: TC & The Groove Family
Monstrous 10 piece band all the way from Leeds
The Canteen
Dirty Alex
Combining the sounds of live jazz musicians with the raw energy of talented rappers
The Trinity Centre
Abstract Orchestra Play MF Doom
A dark and brooding interpretation of the masked VILLAIN's finest work
Jam Jar
Konjo Sounds presents.... Soma Soma
Anglo Brazilian groove meets Afro Rhythms
Bristol Beacon Foyer
Formed by four seasoned Bristol jazz improvisers, Starlings “pick up the energy of bands like Lettuce, St Vincent and Soulive”
The Bristol Fringe
Afternoon Jazz - Victoria Klewin trio
Bristol based jazz singer Victoria Klewin and her trio
The Canteen
Marie Lister & Friends
This fabulous quartet share the deepest of roots in the Bristol music scene
Strange Brew
Cousin Kula at Strange Brew
Cousin Kula play their homecoming headline show at Bristol's most exciting new venue, Strange Brew.
Jam Jar
The Schmoozenbergs
‘Upbeat good time music’ (Songlines)
Ishmael Ensemble
Ishmael Ensemble
Bristol Beacon presents at Thekla
Jam Jar
Worm Discs present: corto.alto
Finally! one of UK's most exciting nu-jazz acts play Bristol.
The Forge
Moscow Drug Club
A curious musical place where 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet
Bristol Beacon Foyer
Celestine is an eclectic soul artist with a velvet voice rich in emotion and experience.
Cloak and Dagger, The
Trace Elephant
Trace Elephant are a live jazzy hip-hop five-piece band from Bristol.
Theon Cross
Theon Cross at Exchange
Worm Gigs: Emma-Jean Thackray + support
One of the stand-out creators of new UK music finally hits Bristol.
Jam Jar
Melt Yourself Down
Melt Yourself Down create “free-improv jazz as if it were hard-charging rock music” (Pitchfork).
SWX Bristol
Bristol Beacon presents KOKOROKO at SWX, Bristol
The Trinity Centre
Portico Quartet
Since 2007 Portico Quartet have made an indelible mark with their expansive cinematic arrangements.
GoGo Penguin / European Tour
“the Radiohead of British jazz” (Line of Best Fit)