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The Old Duke, Bristol

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The Old Duke is a jazz and blues venue and pub situated on King Street in the English city of Bristol. Live music is played every night of the week, admission is free and it hosts an annual Jazz Festival. The pub's name is a reference to the classic American jazz musician Duke Ellington, though the pub has actually held the same (or similar) name since it was built, and most likely previously referred to The Duke of Cumberland.
The pub dates from about 1775, an entry appearing in Sketchley's Bristol Directory of that year, for Lewis Jenkins, victualler, Lodging & Board, 'Duke of Cumberland', 44 King Street, and is a grade II listed building.
The pub's heritage lies with traditional, New Orleans inspired jazz. Bands include the Blue Notes and the Severn Jazzmen, both of whom have been playing at the venue for over 35 years, Keith Little's Hot Six, Cass Caswell's Allstars, The University of Bristol Traditional Jazz Band, and many touring bands from around the world.
The resident blues musician Eddie Martin, who boasts numerous international awards, plays every Sunday night. The Duke also plays host to modern jazz bands including Andy Hague, Dave Betts, Code Red and The Cut Collective. Artists such as Peter Roe and Beth Rowley began their careers at the venue and still perform there regularly.
In 2009, The Old Duke was named by the Brecon Jazz Festival as one of 12 venues which had made the most important contributions to jazz music in the United Kingdom.
The Old Duke is located opposite the Llandoger Trow, another notable Bristol pub.
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  • This pub is an institution in Bristol and has been playing live jazz and blues most nights for many years. It's often packed to the rafters but don't let that put you off. The slightly older crowd...  more »
  • Great pub and great atmosphere. Another one of them places your happy to sit and drink in all night.  more »
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  • Iconic pub in Bristol. Live music every night. Definitely not a glamour bar but you come here for the history, the vibe and the music. Always an eclectic mix of people here!
  • Great place to go to listen to live music. Great beers. Great people and the staff are so friendly and helpful.

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