Pee Wee Ellis
Emma Lloyd and Su Williams have let us know about the 15th Southport Jazz Festival taking place over the weekend of 8-10 May 2015. The headline events are promoted by Norvoljazz member the Atkinson Theatre. There are a number of other events at various venues around the town - the majority of these gigs are free.
Festival fun starts on Friday 8 May at 8pm with something truly special, James Morton Quartet Featuring Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown fame). James Morton is one of the most exciting saxophonists in the UK today. Pee Wee has been a major influence for James’ music and development over the last 15 years. This project influenced by the funkier side of jazz reminiscent of the 1960’s blue note era will bring grooves, blues and gospel inflected melodies and soloing along with the unmistakable Hammond organ style with shuffles and funky back beats. Tickets: £12
Riot Jazz Brass Band on Saturday 9 May at 8pm is exciting and something not seen at Southport Jazz Festival before. They bring the feel of summer early and have you dancing the night away with their original sound. Riot Jazz Brass Band is a 9-piece brass band made up of trumpets, trombones, a sousaphone, drums and an MC. They play a uniquely twisted mix of funk, soul, hip-hop and aggressive jazz. Tickets: £10 standing / £12 seated.
Sunday 10 May at 3pm as we welcome ‘Jazz in the Afternoon’ with Digby Fairweather and Craig Milverton. Trumpet-legend Digby Fairweather and poll winning pianist Craig Milverton are currently celebrating twenty years of musical partnership in Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen which has won the British Jazz Award for ‘Top Small Group’ for nine out of the last ten years and is re-nominated for the award in 2015.Tickets: £17 (including afternoon tea)
Sunday evening 7.30pm The Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley Group are at the very start of their career, forward-thinking and highly energetic they perform original compositions that cover a wide range of styles and dynamics bring our 2015 programme to a close. Tickets: £6
Tickets for The Atkinson’s Southport Jazz Festival events can be booked online at theatkinson.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01704 533333.
Meanwhile around the town jazz organiser Su Williams has organised a series of concerts introducing new bands, with Leeds hothouse trio Zeitgeist, Liverpool bands White Canvas and The Angry Men, guitarist Hugo Corbin from Paris, trumpeter Lukas Oravec from Slovakia and The Cal Tjader Project from the Midlands. Pianist Andrzej Baranek pays tribute to the late Horace Silver and London based pianists Peter Edwards and Alex Hutton bring their trios, with this festival being amongst the first to hear Alex's highly anticipated fourth CD 'The Magna-Carta Suite'. Festival debuts will be made by two Yorkshire vocalists, Nicki Allan and her quartet with sax giant Rod Mason and Kate Peters and her septet will play music from their forthcoming CD. JazzNorth supported bands Nicola Farnon, Dread Supreme and John Ellis play and this year the festival welcomes powerhouse big band The Northern Jazz Orchestra. Those who like Trad, Gypsy, Swing and Mainstream jazz are catered for and the town's arts centre
Full details are on www.visitsouthport.com.