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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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Jam Jar
The Jam Jar Presents: Rachael Dadd + STANLÆY
Joyous and uplifting live music breaking the contemporary folk mold.
Hen & Chicken
Dave Jones Quartet
Jazz pianist and composer Dave Jones
Outer Space Bristol
Up Bustle & Out
Bristol home-talent with their very own unique sound. Festival vibes but slightly comfier
Sidney & Eden
Trip For Biscuits FULL BAND Live!
Trip For Biscuits FULL BAND Live Downstairs at Sidney & Eden FREE ENTRY!
Crofters Rights
Beach Rats for Choose Love
Charity gig to raise money for global Refugee supplies
Mr Wolfs
Collette The Dots + Ruth Royall
6 Piece Live Drum & Bass with healthy serving of Funk, Soul & Jazz
Sidney & Eden
Blue Gardenia Jazz Band
Blue Gardenia Jazz Band FULL BAND Live Downstairs at Sidney & Eden FREE ENTRY!
Bristol Old Vic
Courtyard Sessions: Brook Tate
A host of gigs are bringing rhythm and sound to our Courtyard Stage this August.
Tambourine Hands
Basket of Light
Hands held high, heavyweight quadraphonic sound, swimming lakes and lights in the sky
Crofters Rights
YAMA WARASHI + MERMAID CHUNKY
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Breaking Bread
Snazzback
After Party: homecoming show
Mr Wolfs
Funk & Disorderly
Golden age hip-hop, afrobeat and 60s Blue Note with sprawling downtempo rhythms.
Bristol Beacon Terrace
Terrace Sessions: Fruit Machine
Born of a desire to return to play and community, the Fruit Machine ethos champions free flowing musical exploration.
Bristol Beacon Terrace
Terrace Sessions: Phoenician Blinds + Tezeta
Terrace Sessions has become known for their vibrant party atmosphere.
Mr Wolfs
Binbag Wisdom
A totally fresh take on live hip hop, Blending soulful nu-jazz sounds with witty yet heartfelt lyricism.
Jam Jar
Mista Trick Live Debut Album Launch Party
The Mista Trick Debut Album Launch Party
Jam Jar
EB/LK: Devils Of Moko + Hexcut
The very first Erratic Batting & LowKey collab featuring the cinematic sounds of Devils Of Moko & Hexcut.
Mr Wolfs
Gully + Cura
Backed by his 6-piece band, including a brass trio, his contemporary indie/jazz style is oft likened to Brasstracks & Tom Misch.
SWX
Nubiyan Twist
Nubiyan Twist play SWX Bristol on 18th September 2021.
Mr Wolfs
Year Of The Dog
Full capacity standing show
Boiling Wells Amphitheatre
Whiskey Moon Face
Join us for an evening of Folk & Jazz music in a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre
Bristol Beaocn Foyer
Ashley Henry
South London pianist Ashley Henry is inspired by a wide range of audio and visual artists
The Trinity Centre
Mammal Hands
Hypnotic jazz and electronica fusion
Motion
GoGo Penguin / European Tour
“the Radiohead of British jazz” (Line of Best Fit)
Bristol Beacon Foyer
Nuala Honan
Nuala Honan’s work offers mesmerising vibrancy.
The Lanes
VANISHING TWIN + YAMA WARASHI + THE GREY AREA (DJ)
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Bristol Beacon Foyer
Lady Nade
Lady Nade’s songwriting exudes an emotive potency and resplendent grace.
Exchange
Worm Gigs: Steam Down + support
The enigmatic and energetic South London collective on their first ever UK tour.
Jam Jar
Islandman & Athletic Progression
2 international bands at The Jam Jar
Jam Jar
Lowkey: Yakul + Support
LowKey presents Brightonian Neo Soul head-turners - Yakul.
Jam Jar
Konjo Sounds presents.... Soma Soma
Anglo Brazilian groove meets Afro Rhythms
Ishmael Ensemble
Ishmael Ensemble
Bristol Beacon presents at Thekla
Fiddlers
Worm Gigs: Emma-Jean Thackray + support
One of the stand-out creators of new UK music finally hits Bristol.
SWX Bristol
KOKOROKO
Bristol Beacon presents KOKOROKO at SWX, Bristol