Preview: Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival

1 03 2013

The inaugural Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival comes to the Colston Hall this weekend for what promises to be three days of superb live music. The lineup includes musicians from across the world with more than 24 individual concerts as well as free late night jam sessions and ‘In Session With.’ events featuring some of the artists.

The main hall will see performances by acts including Cuban Arturo Sandoval and his sextet, John Scofield with his new project the Organic Trio featuring Larry Goldings and Greg Hutchinson, Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion, Chris Barber, New Orleans official musical ambassador Lillian Boutté, funk maestro Pee Wee Ellis, and Bristol’s very own Andy Sheppard, Get The Blessing, Moscow Drug Club and the Zen Hussies.

The free Foyer Stage will have music running over all three days from South West jazz talent, while Colston Hall 2 will host shows as well as being the venue for a series of workshops from festival musicians.

In the upstairs bar, late night jam sessions will kick off after the Hall 1 performance on each evening, and a house band will give an unrivalled opportunity to any musicians wanting an after-hours jam with a world-class rhythm section.

One undoubted festival highlight takes place at 2.15pm on Saturday. The Duke Ellington Sacred Concert will feature Massive Attack and Phantom Limb vocalist Yolanda Quartey, the Big Buzzard Band, the City of Bristol Choir and tap dancer Junior Laniyan.

To whet your appetite for the weekend, here is a photograph of Duke Ellington and his Orchestra playing on the Colston Hall stage in 1969:

Duke Ellington and his orchestra at the Colston Hall in 1969



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