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Ten ‘hidden gems’ of Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival

With a huge array of concerts on offer at Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, you might be feeling very spoilt for choice! Help is at hand though, in the form of Denny Ilett, Artistic Director of the festival, who gives us a run down of his must-see events and hotly tipped artists that might not have caught your eye.

Alice Zawadski

Destined for superstardom, this young lady has harnessed a multitude of styles from across the globe and moulded them into one of the most personal and unique sounds of recent years.

Tcha Limberger

This incredible Hungarian violinist, guitarist and vocalist intertwines elements from gypsy melody, the classical tradition, the great American songbook and a host of other influences. Prepare to be amazed; this man is a magician!

Ricky Riccardi

Ricky is the archivist at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York where Satchmo’s vast collection of personal material is held. This presentation on ‘The Life And Legacy Of Louis Armstrong’ draws on rare and unseen footage held at the museum to offer us a fresh take on the greatest jazzman of them all.

Carleen Anderson

Here’s a very rare opportunity to see the soul legend and truly magical performer that is Carleen Anderson live on stage. Her band of first class players are worth the price of admission on their own!

Music Masterclasses –

Our programme of workshops at the Folk House offer people the chance to learn from some of the greatest players on the scene today – from funk legend Pee Wee Ellis, to the gypsy magic of Tcha Limberger, to the New Orleans jazz of Dom Pipkin. Find the time to get to at least one of these special masterclasses!

Clarke Peters

Now a world famous actor (The Wire, Treme, Damages) Clarke Peters returns to his previous life as a ‘song-and-dance’ man. Accompanied by first class musicians, Peters takes us on a personal journey through the jazz and blues songs that have inspired him over the years.

The Watershed

Bristol’s premier independent cinema presents two jazz-flavoured shows for the festival. On Wednesday 4th March, don’t miss King Of Jazz, a presentation by Louis Armstrong’s archivist Ricky Riccardi focusing on Satchmo’s appearances in Hollywood through the 40’s and 50’s. On Friday March 6th, watch The Sound After The Storm, a moving documentary about post-Katrina New Orleans and its impact on the musicians of the city. After the screening there is a special Q&A session with one of the films stars, Lillian Boutté.

Paradox Ensemble

This new project features renowned trumpeter Nick Walter’s incredible compositions. Influences from New Orleans jazz through to Electronica and Hip-Hop meld together seamlessly; this is the ‘new wave’ of UK jazz.

The late night Jam Sessions

After a long day/night listening to the festivals roster of greats, find time to hang out at the in-house jam sessions in the Colston Hall Foyer where you can expect to see the best local jazz musicians playing with our international star guests in an informal setting.

Slowly Rolling Camera

Led by phenomenal vocalist Dionne Bennett and keyboardist Dave Stapleton, this group of young and experimental UK jazz artists represents Bristol Jazz And Blues Festival’s commitment to staging fresh, new jazz-based music at the festival.

The Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival is this weekend, the 6th – 8th March.

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