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These Candlelit Tribute Concerts To Aretha Franklin And Nina Simone Are Coming To Bristol

By Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd

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Wind down to the wondrous sounds of Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin at these smooth jazz nights.

Ever wondered what it’s like to immerse yourself in the sounds of jazz legends? Well… Now’s your chance, because Jazz by Candlelight is coming to Bristol – with some incredible tributes in-store to some of the best musicians in history.

Kicking off the series is a wonderful tribute to the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, with some of the UK’s finest musicians set to team up for an evening of beautiful music with stunning candlelit surrounds, performing some of her historical tracks which made her the queen we know and love today. Aretha Franklin received numerous honours throughout her career, and in 2019 was awarded a posthumous special citation “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades”. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a history lesson on one of the most influential and acclaimed figures in the world of jazz.

Guests can enjoy a spectacular tribute concert to the Queen Aretha Franklin, featuring top talent who’ll be performing some of the beloved artist and civil rights activist’s back catalogue in a very special, intimate setting. Expect to hear covers of ‘Natural Woman’, ‘Respect’, ‘I Say a Little Prayer’, ‘Think’ and ‘Rock Steady’, plus more of Franklin’s greatest hits which you may struggle to resist swaying in your seat to. The event will transform one of Bristol’s most beautiful venues, so expect an evening filled with decadence all round.

Not only that, but there’ll also be shows dedicated to the fantastic Nina Simone- giving fans the opportunity to hear her incredible compositions brought back to life right here in Bristol. Initially aspiring to be a concert pianist, Simone started playing piano for a living at a nightclub in Atlantic City, changing her name to “Nina Simone” to disguise herself from family members for playing “the devil’s music”. She went on to record more than 40 albums between 1958 and 1974 with a musical style that fused gospel and pop with classical music.

Guests can enjoy some of Nina Simone’s best selling songs such as ‘I Put a Spell on You’, ‘Four Women’, ‘Mississippi Goddam’, ‘Young, Gifted and Black’, and of course, ‘Feeling Good’, which has been used in multiple movie soundtracks and adverts. Plus, each tribute concert will be dripping in candlelight, at one of the most breathtaking venues in Bristol, so jazz fans old and new alike can expect the concert to be a real treat for the senses.

After its success in Manchester, these bestselling tribute concerts from the Jazz by Candlelight series will be coming to Bristol this September and October. The venue will be decorated to the nines with candles, providing an unbeatable ambience where you’ll be treated to gorgeous jazz compositions, prosecco, and an all round relaxing evening.

Check out the full list Jazz by Candlelight concerts below, or purchase tickets here.

Candlelight Jazz: A Tribute To Aretha Franklin
October 13, 2021 6:00 PM (View more details)
Candlelight Jazz: A Tribute To Nina Simone
October 14, 2021 6:00 PM (View more details)