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About Jazz South

Jazz South is a brand new programme supporting the development of jazz across the south of England. We aim to celebrate talent, open up opportunities and create a jazz identity for the south. Our plans include bespoke projects to support young musicians and artists at all career stages, as well as events to spark connections and build networks between promoters, venues and jazz educators.

Introducing Platform South

Platform South celebrates a sample of the best artist talent from the south of England and supports promoters to bring their music to the widest audiences in venues and location across the region. The journey starts with a major festival showcase of selected bands, and profiles a diversity of musicians and jazz styles that the south has to offer.

Meet the Platform South Bands

Meet the bands that have been selected for the very first round of Platform South 2019-20. Come and see them perform in a free showcase at Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival 24 March 2019.

We Are Leif

Based in Bristol and led by the songwriting team of vocalist Louise Victoria and drummer, Mark Whitlam, We Are Leif deftly span the balance of jazz sensibilities with the groove and sound world more associated with Neo-Soul, R’n’B and Down Tempo genres.

Fourth Page

Taking an improvised approach to song, Fourth Page’s members come together from around the south and London. They can be heard in cutting edge venues like Iklectik and Café Oto and have featured on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. Look out for their new album release later this year.

Iain Ballamy Quartet

The Iain Ballamy Quartet is a new band based in the South West. Led by saxophonist Iain Ballamy it features renowned pianist Jason Rebello, the remarkable trumpeter and bassist Percy Pursglove, and the superb brush strokes drummer Mark Whitlam.


Recently formed in Hastings, Hexagonal play high energy music with African and jazz influences. Saxophonist Jason Yarde worked with McCoy Tyner, while pianist John Donaldson and bassist Simon Thorpe toured with South African musician Bheki Mseleku. Hexagonal’s first album celebrates the music of these two jazz piano icons.

The Granite Band

Kate Westbrook’s GRANITE band based in South Devon, is inspired by her love of Dartmoor and its granite quarries. This recent commission conjures up labour, love and death in the vast Dartmoor landscape haunted by the absence of the curlew’s cry. Kate’s astonishing vocal range, and strikingly original lyrics are matched by Mike Westbrook’s genre-busting score and the outstanding and inventive playing of this new group.

Sara Colman Band

The Sara Colman Band, based in Bristol, is a very special combination of musical personalities, instrumentation and style which culminates in a dynamic and emotional live experience. Inspired by her love of classic songwriting and instinctive improvisational energy, Sara’s musical journey brings her jazz sensibility into roots music territory. Her latest studio album What We’re Made Of has received rave reviews nationwide.

Platform South Showcase – Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival, 12pm – 6pm, 24 March 2019

Taking over Colston Hall foyer on Sunday 24 March, Platform South celebrates a sample of the best jazz talent from across the south of England. Six bands have been selected to perform, ranging from established EMI recording artists to new bands early in their careers. Highly crafted song-writing, sophisticated instrumental ensembles and edgier improvisation will be the soundtrack of the afternoon.

So if you’re a fan of Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival’s now infamous foyer performance programme, head down for a wonderful afternoon of music with some well-known faces and emerging talent, before they perform across the region.

Full event details on www.bristoljazzandbluesfest.com

The Platform South Showcase is a collaboration between Jazz South, Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival and Colston Hall. The event is supported by Arts Council England, Ambition For Excellence fund.

Invitation to Networking Reception at Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival 2019 after the Platform South Showcase

Jazz South is delighted to invite jazz promoters and artists for a networking reception after the Platform South Showcase. Jazz South will announce the Platform South booking subsidy. Bands and promoters will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face and discuss potential gig bookings as part of the Platform South scheme.

Promoter Bookings for Platform South Bands

Round 1 bands are available for booking from 01 March 2019 – 31 Dec 2020

Jazz South is able to offer financial subsidy support for bookings of Platform South bands. Details of how this will operate, terms of the bookings and FAQs will be confirmed by the showcase date of 24 March 2019. Bookings should all be discussed and agreed with the bands in the first instance.

Any promoter wishing to discuss this can contact Jazz South at info@jazzsouth.org.uk


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Jazz South is a jazz development programme servicing the south of England (excluding London), led and hosted by Turner Sims, internationally renowned concert hall and live music-producing organisation. The three-year programme is funded by the Arts Council’s Ambition for Excellence scheme. Turner Sims is also an Arts Council Funded NPO (National Portfolio Organisation), and part of the University of Southampton.

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