The festival, which runs for 4 days from the evening of THURSDAY 7th JULY to SUNDAY 10th JULY 2016, is opened by the return to Wigan of world famous singer/songwriter GEORGIE FAME. Fame - who was born in Leigh - has just had a new album SWANSONGS released, along with a compilation of his back catalogue and will be joined onstage by the incredible GUY BARKER BIG BAND
Friday’s headline concert features American virtuoso saxophonist ERIC MARIENTHAL guesting with our very own WIGAN YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA in a special concert to celebrate the orchestra’s 40th Anniversary.
Saturday’s evening concert sees a return to the stand for the legendary Big Chris Barber Band. Chris has been a jazz trombonist and bandleader for the past 67 years and leads one of Europe's most successful and popular traditional jazz bands.
Sunday Afternoon promises to be a swinging time as we welcome back the SWING TIME BIG BAND with special guest (and local boy) ANDY PRIOR and also featuring vocalist EMMA HOLCROFT ; with the evening - and the Festival - rounded off with a concert by the SHAPE JAZZ ORCHESTRA whose official title is The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and who are the official musical representative of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
More info here http://www.wiganjazzclub.co.uk/WIJF.htm