Photographer and writer John Watson had a great time in Bristol at the weekend. Here are two pictures and a few words.
Crowds packed the Colston Hall in Bristol for the city’s first International Jazz and Blues Festival. Among the artists were guitarist John Scofield – with organist Larry Goldings and drummer Greg Hutchinson – Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and his band, the Big Chris Barber Band, New Orleans singer Lillian Boutte, Get The Blessing, Andy Sheppard’s Trio Libero, Alyn Shipton’s Buck Clayton Legacy Band, UK singer Clare Teal, and Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion. Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert was recreated by four choirs, a big band and soloists including singer Yolanda Quartey, pianist Zoe Rahman and trumpeter Jonny Bruce. Fans crowded into the hall’s foyer to hear local bands and visiting artists including Kevin Figes’ 4-Sided Triangle, James Morton’s Porkchop and pianist David Newton – plus festival artistic director Denny Ilett on guitar.