Three days of live jazz influenced music and club nights in stroud town centre
Jazz Stroud is an artist-led weekend of jazz inluenced music that embraces all aspects of the jazz spectrum, ranging from the more traditional forms of jazz to improvised electronic music, experimental hip-hop and beyond. With a combination of free daytime events, outstanding evening concerts, late night live sessions and club nights, the weekend should provide something for everyone.
Forming a connection with Bristol's alternative jazz scene including bands such as Get The Blessing and Michelson Morley, 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' at the SVA played a big part in building up the local jazz scene, where established world-class performers such as Gilad Atzmon and Andy Sheppard were invited to lead the sessions. This has 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 in nurturing interest in these music scenes, in a town which already has a fantastic reputation for the arts more generally.
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. 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.