LOUD Bristol Issue Two

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A New Standard LOUD takes a look at Bristol’s flourishing jazz scene, catching up with artists, venues and promoters to find out what’s keeping the city at the forefront of a modern musical renaissance WORDS: MATT ROBSON

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n days gone by, jazz has been perceived by many as an exclusive art form, the doors of the genre open only to people who have mastered a craft and, essentially, know more about it than you do. Jazz has reached around the world and transcended classical, blues, swing and much more to become a truly all-encompassing form of musical expression. Even the term ‘jazz’ itself is open to endless interpretation, allowing for a wealth of innovation and musical creativity spanning well over a hundred years.

Bristol, of course, is no stranger to ‘classic’ jazz. Bars and venues like The Old Duke and The Bristol Fringe regularly host revered wind, percussive and string musicians, and the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival has been showcasing some of the world’s most highly regarded artists since its inception in 2013. The festival’s contribution to Bristol music in particular has been massive, bringing genuinely special live experiences to the city’s favourite stages from the likes of Pee Wee Ellis, Dr John and Fred Wesley among others.