prema arts centre“It’s always a good and healthy thing when a programmer of a venue is proved wrong and tonight’s performance at Prema from the Bristol European Jazz Ensemble serves as a prime example of that very phenomenon. Having booked live music for this venue for twenty years and in spite of various attempts to bring jazz into the centre’s music programme, the audience’s booking preferences led me to believe that “you can’t sell jazz at Prema”. Well, we took a punt and it seems that our audience (who are always used to sharing a punt with us) really do rather like jazz. Especially when it’s played by a bunch of amazing musicians. Tonight’s line up offered a broad spectrum of musical styles, genres and flavours – each one executed with flawless precision and absolute passion. The performance from the Bristol European Jazz Ensemble will help us to rekindle an audience for slightly more experimental music and allow us to have some fun in bringing in an even broader live music programme for this remarkable arts centre – Gloucestershire’s most intimate performance venue.” Gordon Scott Prema Arts centre Director (pic-  not of BEJE)

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