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The Big Swing with the Bruce / Ilett Big Band

March 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Party like it’s 1949!

Our regular celebration of all things Swing returns by popular demand. Hall 1 will be transformed into a 1940s style ballroom for this very special event. Featuring 17 of the South West’s best musicians, the aim is simple; to recreate the golden era of Swing. The 17-piece The Bruce/Ilett Big Band perform authentic versions of classics from great bands such as Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Harry James for dancers and listeners alike. Get your dancing shoes on for a night of Lindy Hopping, Jitterbugging and Jiving!

Dress code: 1930s-50s.

Dancing ticket (Band A) or balcony seats for those who just want to watch & listen (Band B).

Bruce/Ilett Big Band

Simon Gardner – trumpet

Jonny Bruce – trumpet

Andy Hague – trumpet

Nick Malcolm – trumpet

Ian Bateman – trombone

Jon Hopes – trombone

Liam Treasure – trombone

Justin Pavey – trombone

Ben Waghorn – alto saxophone

Kevin Figes – alto saxophone

Jake McMurchie – tenor saxophone

Andy Williamson – tenor saxophone

Ruth Hammond – baritone saxophone

Denny Ilett – guitar

Dan Moore – piano

Andy Crowdy – bass

Julie Saury – drums

Tickets – £25/15 + bf

This event is part of Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival 2018. To see the full line up –

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Colston Hall
Colston Street
Bristol, BS1 5AR GB
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