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Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival 2014

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The Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival is back! From tomorrow to Sunday, one of the UK’s most cultural cities welcomes some of the world’s most exciting and innovative jazz and blues artists for three days of explosive live music. The lineup features the legendary saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and trombonist Fred Wesley, known for their performances alongside James Brown, New Orleans Music Ambassador Lillian Boutté, Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May and many more. In addition to about 40 individual concerts, the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival also hosts a series of late-night jam sessions, a Gala Dinner (tonight) and the exclusive “In Session With” series of masterclasses held by some of the festival headliners.

Bristol is one of the most culture-oriented cities in the United Kingdom. Located in the South Western part of England, Bristol is very well-known for its music and film industries. For years, the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival has been one of the most popular events of the UK’s springtime.

Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival: Gala Dinner, Explosive Funk and Live Jazz

The 2014 edition of the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival takes place from March 7th to 9th. Even though the festival is set to officially start on March 7th, people in Bristol will be partying already today! In fact, from 7pm, the award-winning Bordeaux Quay will be hosting the 1st Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner Celebration. For Bristol Jazz Fest fans, there is no better way to start partying!

In addition to a keynote speech by Mayor George Ferguson, who will also be in attendance to announce a new exciting cultural exchange between Bristol and New Orleans in 2015, guests will have the chance to enjoy a delicious jazz dinner while listening to the magical soulful vocals of New Orleans Music Ambassador Lillian Boutté and the explosive funk of Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, undoubtedly one of the greatest jazz funk horn sections ever!

 

Listen to Lillian Boutté, Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley

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New Orleans Musical Ambassador Lillian Boutté is one of the most popular singers of the Crescent City. A very familiar face to European audiences, Boutté has always impressed fans wherever she has performed. Her powerful voice and a great passion for music make her one of the most charismatic jazz singers you will ever see live. At the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, Lillian Boutté will perform twice: today at the Gala Dinner Celebration and on March 9th.

Saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and trombonist Fred Wesley are known around the world as one of the most explosive funk rhythm sections. Alongside Maceo Parker, they have put on a show whenever they performed with James Brown or as a trio. There is one thing almost every funk lover knows about Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley: when they are in town, people should get their dancing shoes ready! They duo will bring their exciting act to the Colston Hall – the venue that hosts the festival –  on March 8th.

Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival

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The 2014 edition of the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival officially kicks off tomorrow. The first acts are British Jazz Award winner Andy Sheppard, the ensemble Moscow Drug Club and a swing dance session at Bristol’s house of music, the Colston Hall. The Post-Bop saxophonist Andy Sheppard is very well-known in the UK. He has won the British Jazz Awards several times and has performed around Europe for over thirty year. The Moscow Drug Club is a project that got started in Bristol. On a winter night, North American chanteuse Katy Gorrie and virtuoso guitarist Denny Ilett were having a drink when they came across an old friend, who also happened to be a great trumpeter. The three quickly hit it off and started talking about swing music of the 1930s and 1940s…. and that’s when Moscow Drug Club started. At present, the band has released two albums and has performed on numerous prestigious stages like the Royal Albert Hall and the National Theatre London.

It’s going to be a very busy weekend at the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival. In fact, the Colston Hall will host more than 15 shows on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to Lillian Boutté, Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, the music venue that houses the festival will present a sensational lineup filled with talent that includes the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, Get the Blessing and Imelda May.

 

Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival 2014

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The Jim Mullen Organ Trio brings together three of the leading jazz exponents in the UK: Matt Skelton on drums, Mike Gorman on organ and Glasgow-born guitarist Jim Mullen. Mullen is known for his distinctive style: he picks with the thumb rather than with a plectrum, just like Wes Montgomery did before him. Get the Blessing is a Bristol-based quartet that raised to prominence with their debut record All is Yes, which won “Best Album” at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards. At the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, Get the Blessing will present their repertoire, which blends jazz and rock, and tracks from their latest effort, Lope and AntilopeImelda May is an Irish singer-songwriter from Dublin. Although she is primarily known for her voice, May also plays the bodhránguitarbass guitar and tambourine. Often described as a “unique vocal talent”, Imelda May’s popular rockabilly revival musical style captures her audience as soon as she starts performing. During her career, May has drawn comparisons to female jazz artists like Billie Holiday and has shared the stage with stars such as Bono, Wanda Jackson, Elvis Costello and The Supremes. In 2009 she won the “Best Female Artists of the Year” award at the Meteor Awards.

 

Listen to music from the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival 2014

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The complete program of concert and other events at the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival can be found here.

Have a great festival everyone!

 

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Event Details:

Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival

March 7th-9th

Colston Hall, Bristol, United Kingdom

Info: info@bristoljazzandbluesfest.com

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