Tippett & Bourne, Liane Carroll and Yazz Ahmed bustle-up for Bristol Jazz Festival

The Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival will return for its seventh edition, running from 21-24 March 2019, but due to the Colston Hall being closed for renovation, the festival will move into a multi-venue format along the stretch of Park Street with several concerts in St George’s concert hall, as well as in Anson Rooms, O2 and Folk House.

The festival’s mix of jazz, funk and blues artists continues with names so far announced including renowned accordionist Richard Galliano; former JBs sax icon Pee Wee Ellis; award-winning singer/pianist Liane Carroll (above right); top UK saxophonist Julian Siegel; genre-splicing trumpet star Yazz Ahmed and acclaimed Welsh pianist/ composer Huw Warren, who will perform his new Dylan Thomas-inspired project. Further names include jazz-rock legends Soft Machine; acclaimed altoist/rapper Soweto Kinch; trumpeter Andy Hague plays Miles Davis' Kind of Blue; and keyboardist Rebecca Nash leads her band on the specially commissioned piece ATLAS, the group featuring ome special guest New York saxophonist John O Gallagher and singer/songwriter Sara Colman.

A further highlight will be an appearance from the exciting new piano duo of virtuoso keyboard mavericks Keith Tippett and Matthew Bourne (above left). The pair have already received standing ovations for their initial concerts this year and will tour this project over six dates (including the Bristol jazz festival) next spring. Tippett & Bourne dates are: The Venue Leeds (12 Mar); St George’s, Bristol (2pm, 23 Mar) and Symphony Hall, Birmingham (7.30pm, 23 Mar); Purcell Room, London (8 Apr); Triskel Arts Centre, Cork (20 Apr) and RNCM, Manchester (23 May). 

Mike Flynn

For more details visit www.bristoljazzandbluesfest.com

 

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