Enjoy the smooth sounds of The Blue Notes every Wednesday at St Mary Redcliffe Church

Enjoy the smooth sounds of The Blue Notes every Wednesday at St Mary Redcliffe Church

Posted on: 18 Apr 2019

Every Wednesday at the Undercroft of the magnificent St Mary Redcliffe Church, you'll hear the mellow strains and mellifluous tunes of some top-tier jazz, courtesy of local and legendary band The Blue Notes.

St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol.

The Undercroft Jazz and Supper Club has been going for some time and is a consistently popular night out, combining fine food with excellent jazz tunes.  Now the longest-running band in the South West, The Blue Notes (originally monikered The Blue Note Jazz Band), have been firm favourites at Bristol's iconic jazz haunt The Old Duke for more than 20 years.


Every Wednesday they pick up their instruments for an evening of chilled out jazz from 7.30pm until 10pm, showcasing their impeccable musical talents and impressive cover back-catalogue of timeless standards by Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael and Bix Beiderbecke.


Before they start, however, you can choose from a selection of hot meals from 7pm and take advantage of the fully licensed bar to line your stomach and quaff a beverage before the band strikes up to entertain you for the rest of the evening. It's jazz performances at its very best, with a regular, alternating lineup of piano, bass, drums, trumpet, soprano sax, trombone and the laid back vocals of Swindon's Alan Bateman.


Melodious vocals are also provided by Hannah Wedlock, daughter of the late, great West Country folk singer Fred (The Oldest Swinger In Town) Wedlock; by the band's own admission adding a touch of beauty and glamour to the evening's jazzy proceedings.


St Mary Redcliffe is one of the most recognisable and iconic edifices in Bristol; a Gothic masterpiece and a parish church that has stood for more than 800 years. It continues to attract hundreds of visitors every week, who marvel and awe at the sheer grandiloquence, architectural majesty and inner transcendence of this phenomenal church.


Entry for The Undercroft Jazz & Supper Club is £5. You can book your table by calling Jill James on 01275  392081. Find out more about The Blues Notes here and Undercroft Jazz here. St Mary Redcliffe Church is located at 12 Colston Parade, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6RA. Contact the team on 0117 231 0060 for more information.

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Jamie Caddick

Jamie is a writer, blogger, journalist, critic, film fan, soundtrack nerd and all-round Bristolian good egg.  He loves the music of Philip Glass, the art of Salvador Dali, the writings of Charles Bukowksi and Hunter S Thompson, the irreverence of Harry Hill, and the timeless, straw-chomping exuberance of The Wurzels.  You can sometimes find him railing against a surging tide of passing cyclists, or gorging himself senseless on the Oriental delights of a Cosmos all-you-can-eat buffet.