Jazz and blues guitarist Jon Walsh

Brakspear’s Jazz and Blues Week is returning for its seventh year., running from November 8-17, with musician across the jazz, blues, soul, and R&B spectrum.

Around 20 performances are already scheduled, with a line-up of talented musicians including festival favourites Niall Kelly and Fleur Stevenson, as well as new performers such as acoustic guitarist Ebony Rose and jazz quartet Red Hot Rags. 

Most of the gigs are free to enjoy, though some pubs are putting on special ‘meal and music’ dinners at a fixed price. All performances are listed at www.brakspearjazzandblues.co.uk

Brakspear chief executive, Tom Davies, said: “Live music and pubs are perfect partners and we’re delighted to be running the Jazz and Blues Week for a seventh year. It supports local musicians and gives our customers the chance to see some of the best jazz and blues performers around, usually at no additional cost.

“We hope local music lovers join us to enjoy the performances, a beer or two, a bite to eat, and the unbeatable atmosphere of our welcoming pubs. We can’t think of a better way to spend a dark November evening!”

Jazz and blues guitarist Jon Walsh is returning to play three times during after one performance last year. He said: “I really enjoyed playing at the Rising Sun last year; pubs have a relaxed, intimate atmosphere that makes them perfect for live jazz. It’s great that Brakspear puts on this annual festival to raise the profile of jazz and blues music, and encourage more people to think about watching live music in the pub.”

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