Jazz Stroud is an weekend of jazz inluenced music that embraces the whole spectrum of the genre, ranging from its more traditional forms to improvised electronic music, experimental hip-hop and beyond. With a combination of free daytime events, evening concerts, late night live sessions and club nights, the weekend provides something for everyone.
Forming a connection with Bristol's alternative jazz scene including bands such as Get The Blessing and Michelson Morley, in 2016 the idea of Jazz Stroud began to gain momentum. The enthusiasm these artists showed for coming back to play the following year spurred on the festival's development into something bigger.
Meanwhile, the regular 'Stroud Jazz Jam Sessions' played a big part in building up the local scene, where world-class performers such as Gilad Atzmon and Andy Sheppard were invited to lead the sessions. This had the added effect of allowing a younger generation to come and develop their interest in the music. Alongside this, the SVA's FunkIn sessions every Wednesday night have provided a great platform for musicians to travel from the surrounding areas to express themselves outside the confines of the Jazz tradition, which has lead to countless off-shoot projects being formed in the area. These two nights have been vital nurturing environments for improvised music in a town which already has a fantastic reputation for the arts.
Working with other curators and taking on suggestions has also been a big part of Jazz Stroud's evolution. This has led to an expansion of its musical network deeper into the Bristol and London music scenes, which are brimming with a seemingly bottomless supply of groundbreaking musical projects and creativity. This has seen such recent breakthrough acts as Nubya Garcia, The Comet Is Coming, Vels Trio and many others play at the festival in their formative years as the world has been slowly getting wise to the emerging scene from South London. Stroud is lucky to host a number of unique venues in which these acts can perform, coupled with an undeniably strong community feel in a rural setting which lends the musical experience of the weekend a unique atmosphere.