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Ashfords and Smith & Williamson announce festival sponsorship and all that jazz!

Two Bristol-based professional services firms have announced they are to sponsor the city’s highly-acclaimed Jazz & Blues Festival 2017 which brings together renowned artists including Grammy and Brit Award winner Macy Gray.

Ashfords and Smith & Williamson will be joint sponsors of the festival, with a packed programme of concerts and workshops taking place at the Colston Hall, O2 Academy and Bristol Folk House, from 16 to 19 March.

Festival Director, Colin Gorrie, said: “The Board of Trustees and Management are proud to welcome two leaders in Bristol's corporate sector, Ashfords and Smith & Williamson, as the festival's first major sponsors. This support reflects their confidence in what the festival has achieved in four short years, and confirms the importance it gives to our city's cultural development. We’re very much looking forward to developing our partnership with Ashfords and Smith & Williamson with the most exciting festival programme to date.”

Chris Dyson, head of Ashfords’ Bristol office, commented: "Ashfords is delighted to be sponsoring the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival and supporting one of our city’s biggest music events. The festival has continued to grow year on year and we are looking forward to welcoming an exciting line-up of musicians to Bristol this March.”

Mike Lea, managing partner of Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office, said: “We are very pleased to be sponsoring Bristol’s International Jazz and Blues Festival in 2017 and look forward to a star-studded line up. Last year, we sponsored the festival’s launch reception which was such a hit with our clients, colleagues and friends of the firm that we couldn’t resist coming back for more. The festival’s reputation has grown significantly over the years and it’s a privilege to be part of it.”

Now in its fifth year, Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival will run over four days and include a back-to-back programme of performances from renowned blues artists and internationally-acclaimed jazz musicians, including award winning Macy Gray, Quantic Live with Alice Russell, Mud Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters), Andy Sheppard’s Metropolis live score, Jason Rebello and a big band tribute to the legendary Dizzy Gillespie.

To find out more and for tickets, please visit www.bristoljazzandbluesfest.com