Swing into spring with these five top jazz and blues concerts

Get into the groove this season and check out these awesome gigs taking place across the network, including the hottest stars of jazz and blues. Once you’ve got your show ticket, make sure you book your train journey in advance and get the best fares available, helping you enjoy a day, evening or weekend of rhythm and soul, without any travel stress.

London and the South West have some of the best music venues the country has to offer. Grab yourself a gig partner and explore the world of good, old improvised tunes – perfect for singing out the winter blues.

Kamasi Washington

O2 Academy Brixton, 5 March
American jazz saxophonist, Kamasi Washington, is heading to London for one night only in March. Expect a spectacular evening of sultry sax in Brixton. Fans of the jazz revival will love Washington’s cosmic sounds.

Ticket prices from £38.50 each.
Take a GWR train to Paddington Station and then a short onward bus ride

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival

Various venues, 22–24 March
From swing to funk, bebop to blues, Gypsy jazz to Gospel and rock ‘n roll, the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Fest is bringing an awesome line-up of soul singers and more to the attention of music lovers. Taking over St George’s, Anson Rooms and O2 Academy Bristol, the festival offers a mega programme of jazz and blues, with tickets available for 28 swingin’ gigs and counting.

Ticket prices vary. You can buy online, over the phone or in person at the different venues.
Take a GWR train to Bristol Temple Meads

Chelsea Blues, Rhythm, & Rock Festival

Under the Bridge, 30 March
Underneath the home of Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge, awaits one of London’s most unique music venues. Under the Bridge is a huge event space that sees incredible music acts perform live throughout the week. At this year’s Chelsea Blues, Rhythm, & Rock Festival, confirmed acts include Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre Band, Stevie Nimmo Trio, Deep Blue Sea, JFK Blue, Bourbon Street Revival and more.

Early bird tickets are priced at £29.
Take a GWR train to Paddington Station and then a short onward bus ride

Joe Bonamassa

Royal Albert Hall, 24–26 April
Legendary blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa is performing at the Royal Albert Hall for three nights in April. Expect a night of unforgettable sounds and music. Tickets are selling out fast.

Standard ticket prices currently range from £69–£92.
Take a GWR train to Paddington Station and then a short onward bus ride

Bath Festival

Various venues, 17–26 May and the finale weekend 1–2 June
Set to deliver another year of incredible music and literature, the Bath Festival is legendary in its own right having celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2018. This year’s line up is still to be announced but if its previous jazz performers are anything to go by – Jay Rayner, Branford Marsalis, Kansas Smitty’s House Band – we’ll be in for one heck of a festival.

Early bird tickets to the June weekend finale are on sale now for £85.
Take a GWR train to Bath Spa