Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival 2020

Added: Thursday 07 November 2019


Folk House - Saturday 28 March 3pm £15 + bf

Bright Lights Big City - a musical history of Urban Blues

Our good friends (and experts in all things guitar-related) at Guitarist and Guitar Techniques magazines have joined forces to produce this new show focusing on the period between the acoustic Delta Blues sound of the 1930’s and the advent of Rock ’n’ Roll in the 1950’s. This was the era of giants such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and T-Bone Walker who harnessed the power of the then new-fangled guitar amplifier and literally changed the musical landscape forever. Guitarist editor-in-chief Jamie Dickson has previously produced shows for Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival honouring both Jimi Hendrix and Cream. This show takes us back to pay homage to the very artists that would have inspired both those acts, and many others, as youngsters



Folk House - Saturday 28 March 6pm - 7:30pm £15 + bf

Chris Corcoran Septet

Chris Corcoran is the guitarist’s guitarist! He is one of the UK’s finest Blues and R&B musicians and has been performing across the UK and Europe for over 20 years. Chris’ unique brand of instrumental Jump Blues is an exciting, dynamic and completely original presence in this world where Rock-flavoured blues tends to be the order of the day. Corcoran’s 7-piece band, complete with horn section, has been described by Guitarist magazine as “our favourite players of vintage blues” and led Germany’s Blues News to comment “the best ‘Texan’ blues guitarist, at present, isn’t from Texas, but from England!”




Folk House - Saturday 28 March 9pm £15 + bf

Ladies Sing The Blues

A trio of Bristol’s finest female blues/soul singers Victoria Klewin, Elles Bailey and Lady Nade join forces to produce a show that places the music of the early ‘Blues Queens’ such as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Ethel Waters before moving along to the great female blues artists of the 1950’s - Etta James, Ruth Brown and Big Mama Thornton. Sprinkled throughout will be the trios original compositions that are carving a path for female-led blues in the 21st century.




Folk House - Sunday 29 March 1:30pm £15 + bf

Goodmania ’40 - Celebrating Benny Goodman

Clarinetist/Bandleader Pete Long is the director of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and Echoes Of Ellington who performed Long’s celebrated Jazz Planets suite at Bristol Jazz and Blues festival in 2019. This time he presents the music of Benny Goodman’s legendary 1940 sextet. This particular Goodman group is famed also as it represents almost the entire recorded output of electric guitar pioneer Charlie Christian. Complete with piano, vibraphone, bass and drums the music they produced is joyous and swinging with tight interplay featuring throughout. Pete Long’s all-star group is the nearest we’ll ever get to actually being there when Goodman unleashed this infamous sextet on the musical world.




Folk House - Sunday 29 March 4:30pm £15 + bf

Tricia Boutté - Gumbo Europa

New Orleans native and niece of the great Lillian Boutté, Tricia Boutté aka Sista Teedy is a formidable artist now resident in Norway where she travels throughout Europe and beyond spreading joy in a way only members of the Boutté family can do! Boutté is joined here by an all-star group of UK jazz and swing specialists such as Ian Bateman (trombone) and Adrian Cox (clarinet/saxophone) for a swinging romp through Boutté’s veritable ‘gumbo’ of musical influences from traditional Jazz classics via Blues and Gospel. 



Folk House - Sunday 29 March 8pm £15 + bf

Adrian Utley plays Grant Green + Albuca

Adrian Utley - guitar, Ben Castle - saxophones & clarinet, Mark Edwards - keyboard, Arnie Somogyi - bass, Darren Beckett - drums


Adrian Utley is a multi-talented guitarist, producer, composer and one of the founding members of iconic Bristol band Portishead. In this special show he’ll revisit his jazz roots in a celebration of Blue Note guitar legend Grant Green. The backing group features four of the UK’s leading jazz musicians in Mark Edwards, Ben Castle, Arnie Somogyi and Darren Beckett under their name of Albuca. Besides backing Utley, the group will also present music from their forthcoming Utley-produced album.



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