Royals to top the bill at Jazz Festival

December 19 2018

Bristol band ‘The Royals’ will be the headline act at the second Thornbury Jazz Festival which comes to town in March.

The group, led by acclaimed singer Emily Wright, performs upbeat takes on classics by the likes of Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Prima. Emily Wright has received widespread acclaim for her work as a vocalist. She’s performed across the country including at the London and Manchester Jazz Festivals and sung live on BBC Radio 3 and 6 Music. 

On piano is George Cooper, whose style is reminiscent of Fats Waller and Oscar Peterson, Matt Hopkins plays guitar and Will Harris is on double bass. The band have worked with the likes of Andy Sheppard, Joss Stone, and Moscow Drug Club. 

Also on the bill for the evening is Bristol's Boulevard Big Band, which plays an extensive repertoire of music from Ellington and Sinatra to the more contemporary Gordon Goodwin and Michael Bublé.  They’ll be followed by the Jenner Jazz Quintet and The South Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra. 

The second Jazz Festival takes place at the Armstrong Hall in Thornbury on Saturday 23 March, with a bar and hot food, from 6pm to midnight. Tickets cost £20 from Thornbury Town Hall or via 01454 412272. Profits go to the Armstrong Hall Redevelopment Fund.