As the beast from the east releases us from his icy throngs, the city of Bristol is blessed with the much welcomed hallmarks of spring. Cherry blossoms, longer days, and for its sixth year, the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival.
Although it might be hard to imagine a city with such a rich musical history having such a young jazz festival, it is equally as hard to imagine that such a jazz festival would have such an established and exciting line up.
Sharing its programme across Colston Hall, The O2, The Folk House and the St. Georges, the vast palette of musicians includes a vibrant mixture of fresh talent, instrumental virtuosos, and downright legends of their age. See the full line up here.
Although most could be forgiven for drawing a blank at most jazz festival line ups, given how scary the wonderful and wacky world of jazz can seem, there is no excuse for not checking out some of the names, and having a go. Be sure not to miss out seeing heavyweights such as Dame Evelyn Glennie, Incognito and Matt Schofield throw their beans into the pot, as even with no understanding or education of jazz, the mastery of these musicians elevates their audiences in a way that only music can.
Watch Dame Evelyn’s inspiring TED talk here.