Jazz Stroud is an weekend of live music events that embraces the whole spectrum of jazz, ranging from its more traditional forms to improvised electronic music, experimental, hip-hop and beyond. With a combination of free daytime shows, 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.


Previous Line-Ups


Nubya Garcia, Ivo Neame Quartet, Anchorsong, Ariwo, Feelgood experiment, Bahla, Modulus III, Dakhla, Eyebrow, Sawa-Manga, We Are Leif, Strayhorn Quartet, Footshooter, Brother Portrait, Caravela, Swordfishtrombone, China Bowls, Andy Nowak trio, Ruth Royall, Dave Ayre trio, JP Allstars, Rafa Dornelles Trio, Komodo, Hippo, Los Serpiented, Aisling Iris Quartet, Mermaid Chunky, Stroud Jazz sessions, Jasper Kirton, Kim Cypher, Eddie Parker, Junk Room Records

Get the Blessing, Dakhla, Mammal Hands, Vels Trio, The Comet is Coming, Feelgood Experiment, Remi Harris, Rafa Dornelles Trio, Footshooter, Kevin Figes Quartet, The Breath, Da Rico, The Schmoozenbergs, Bloom, Spindle Ensemble, Evil Usses, Run Logan Run, Tezeta,  Beje, Andy Nowak Quartet, The Patsy Gamble Quartet, Mermaid Chunky, Sea Slugs, Dark Victory Tristan Watson Trio, Ghostmind, Stroud Jazz Sessions, John Street Ska Orchestra, JP Allstars, Funk in Session, Weston & Dellow, Dave Ayre Trio, Stroud Calling, Jazz Friday, Junk Room Records

Andy Sheppard and the Pushy Doctors, Michelson Morley, Feelgood Experiment, The Tadlib Collective, Stroud Jazz Jam Sessions, Patsy Gamble, Jazz Friday, Evil Usses, Remi Harris , Tristan Watson & John Broomhill, Swing From Paris, Pure Evil, Cheltenham Improvisers Orchestra, Dave Ayre Trio