The Old Duke
The Old Duke is a jazz and blues venue and pub situated on King Street, Bristol, England. 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 for centuries, and most likely previously referred to The Duke of Wellington. The pub dates from about 1780 and is a grade II listed building. The pub's heritage lies with traditional, New Orleans inspired jazz. Bands include the Severn Jazzmen, who have been playing at the venue for over 35 years, Keith Little's Hot Six, Cass Caswell's Allstars, Pete Martin's Jazz Kings, 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.