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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Hull Jazz Fest announced


Hull Jazz Festival 23rd Winter Edition, 20-22 November 2015

J-Night presents the 23rd Winter Edition of Hull Jazz Festival from 20th – 22nd November, with some of the brightest young jazz talent from Hull, the North and beyond performing alongside established international artists.

The festival opens at 1:15pm on Friday 20th November with The New York Standards Quartet performing a special lunchtime concert at the University of Hull, followed by a jazz workshop for university students. Friday’s programme continues at Hull Truck Theatre from 7pm with Jazz North Introduces artists Artephis and The Jenny Smith Alumni Quintet, some of the stars of City of Hull Youth Jazz Orchestra who’ve gone on to become established in the industry.

On Saturday 21st November at 3pm, in a co-production with Freedom Festival, Gary Crosby’s Groundation present Sing Freedom!, an exploration and celebration of the crucial role that music played in the American Civil Rights Movement. Rising stars Binker Golding (saxophones), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), rhythm master Eddie Hick on drums and sensational young vocalist Cherise Adams-Burnett plus Gary Crosby himself on bass will take the audience on a journey from the songs of 18th century slavery through to some of the most popular anthemic songs of 20th century Black America.

Saturday’s programme continues with a performance featuring some of Hull’s most promising young jazz artists as The City of Hull Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Aesthetic from the University of Hull and pupils from Hull schools take to the stage with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra Sextet. The performance is the culmination of a 2-day residency led by Mark Armstrong, the Artistic and Musical Director for NYJO and will shine a spotlight on some of the stars of tomorrow.

In a very special intimate performance, Andy Sheppard Quartet bring Saturday’s programme to a close, performing works from acclaimed 2015 album Surrounded by Sea. A serial collaborator, who’s worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, Andy will be joined in Hull by Eivind Aarset (guitar and electronics), Michel Benita (bass) and Michele Rabbia (drums).

On Sunday 22nd November from 12:00 noon, a special Jazz Festival Brunch sees Hull-born Matt Holborn and his Gypsy Jazz Quartet providing treats for the ears while delicious food is served at Hull Truck Café Bar.

Full programme details are available online at Tickets for all Hull Truck shows are available from Hull Truck Theatre at or on 01482 323638 and for the New York Standards Quartet concert from the University of Hull by emailing or calling 01482 462045 or online at

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