The Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival needs your support to continue bringing amazing music to our beloved city.
Dear Jazz & Blues Enthusiasts,
Despite crowdfunding for over a year and gaining the support of so many of you lovely individuals, organisations and musicians, Covid19 meant we had to cancel our much anticipated 2020 festival only ten days before it was due to take stage then the ongoing situation also meant we weren't able to provide our annual muilti-venue festival in March 2021. Despite all this we've spent the last year launching a membership programme called the Jazz Insider bringing you exclusive Jazz Content, Video Podcasts and playlist right to your living room. We have also teamed up with Lakota Gardens to bring a concerts series at their outdoor covid-secure venue and already delivered three incredible concerts during the latter part of 2020. Not only this we've joined forces with the Bristol Beacon where we have put together a concert series that celebrates women in music.
Over the last year we've been busy putting together the Jazz Insider Programme as part of a new festival offering whereby we've created exclusive video podcasts with local and international artists alike. Every month we review certain albums, feature a different Jazz musicians playing on the Bristol scene, give you access to curated spotify playlists along with much more. There's three types of membership available, Alto (free), Tenor (£3 a month), Soprano (£20 a month) and the latter two get access to all our streamed gigs at Lakota Gardens.
The financial burden of having to cancel a festival ten days before when so many payments have already gone out put's a huge strain on a small organisation, as an example we had already printed 20'000 programmes that were being distributed around the South West. As well as this arts funding on a local and national level has become increasingly competitive. In the last few years we have run on ticket sales, a small grant from the Arts Council and no local funding. This is not sustainable. In order to continue to deliver an outstanding artistic programme hence we need your help.
We are reaching out to all of you who have enjoyed the event in its many forms, to donate anything from a few pounds to larger contributions for some unique offers, and help ensure the Festival continues into 2021 and beyond. Whether you’re a ticket buyer, musician, workshop participant or free-stage fan, we are asking you to make a pledge.
“genuine, all-encompassing passion and love for music from all those involved, making it - in our collective opinion at least - by far one of the best and most unique events on the Bristol calendar.” - 365Bristol
The Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival is a charity ran by a small and passionate team of 6 who have a shared love of great music and community. We work hard all year to put a diverse and engaging programme together for all to enjoy every March along with various concerts throughout the year. Across the festival weekend we also welcome a team of amazing volunteer and we believe in the idea of creating and sustaining a platform for all musicians - from home-grown talent to trans-Atlantic stars.
Alongside international stars such as Macy Gray, Dr John, Arturo Sandoval, Melody Gardot andPee Wee Ellis (pictured), we have presented world premieres of new music, and commissioned local established and emerging artists to create new music. But what makes this festival truly special is the unbelievable amount of talented local musicians that contribute every year, from the renowned - Andy Sheppard and Get the Blessing - to the emerging, and who perform both ticketed and free stage concerts for all to enjoy.
What happens if we reach our goal?
The money raised will ensure a 2022 Festival. Without it, the Festival will may fold. Your donation will contribute to the following...
A weekend full of world-class jazz & blues concerts
The ongoing success of the Free Stage which offers a platform for local and emerging artists who present world-class music for all to enjoy
To commission new works of music for local and national musicians
The free dance classes at our Big Band Swing Night
To continue a programme of top quality masterclasses and workshops with world-class musicians for adults and children
And much much more!
We have put together a range of rewards for our donors, but you can also simply click 'donate' to choose an amount that suits you.
If you can't support financially but feel you have other ways you, or your company, can support us (in-kind for example) then please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
All that is left to say is a big THANK YOU to all who have supported us over the years and during this campaign.
Please pass on our message and share your favourite memories using the hashtag #SaveBristolJazzFest
Dennis Rollins' Velocity Trio present us with Symbiosis on CD, signed and donated in aid of our crowdfunder. Dennis who we had at this years festival was one of our most incredible funk acts to date. Guardian describes this album as "an infectiously accessible mix of dancefloor hooks, expressive solos and canny covers". You'll also become a 'Friend of the Festival' and receive a thank you card.
£20 – Dennis Rollins - The 11th Gate - Signed Album
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Get your own signed copy of Dennis Rollins' Velocity Trios 11th Gate on CD. This album grooves with a latin pulse and is strict yet playful. "Rollins plays his trombone with a beautiful burnished tone, bouncing and swooping into his notes on little catenaries of sound, reaching out to listeners with a grin and a handshake". You will also become a 'Friend of the Festival' and get a thank you card.
£20 – Yazz Ahmed - Finding My Way Home - Signed Album
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Get Yazz Ahmed's first album Finding My Way Home on CD exclusively signed for our crowdfunder. This was the album that we all came to love her for and she is one of our most unique performers at the festival. It features a structured roots orientated journey and blends Arabic Scales with Conventional Jazz. You will also become a 'Friend of the Festival and receive a thank you card in the post.
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£10 – Eternal Gratitude
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Eternal gratitude for helping support the Festival from the whole team and every jazz and blues lover in Bristol. Plus your name on social media and a thank you card emailed to you.
Join our Jazz Insider Programme now as a Tenor member for a one off payment. You'll receive exclusive content every month and will be able to watch all our video podcasts and live streamed gigs at Lakota Gardens as part of your package.
We have a line up of some of Bristol's best bands ready to play at your disposal. Whether you're booking them for a party, a local event or you want to serenade that special someone outside their window. Expect jazz, funk, soul and even rhythm and blues. It might get loud.
Have Moscow Drug Club come and play for you at your own private event. Moscow Drug Club, fronted by Katya Gorrie Is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet. At the Festival this year they played to a packed St Georges and went down a storm and now they can play for you! This is a very special reward!
Become a Major Sponsor for the 2020 festival and have your logo or name on all 20'000 of our programmes, all our posters and all our stages. We'll also shout out about you through social media, our website and any press releases. Not only this but we will invite you and your team to our 2020 exclusive launch party to come and schmooze with us over an old fashioned or glass of bubbly.