There are at least 15 good reasons to come to this year’s Cleethorpes Jazz Festival. Three days of exciting jazz, featuring British and International artists. The international flavour of Australia’s first lady of jazz, vocalist Janet Seidel with her trio, starts the weekend and contrasts with another trio, Vein, from Switzerland. The range of music will make it a “Wonderful, musically enthralling festival”, all for an earlybird price of £75.
The highlight will be the commission, by Grimsby Jazz, of new original music reflecting on the fishing heritage of Great Grimsby, led by composer Alan Barnes. Composed by Alan Barnes with Pat McCarthy, and infused with poetry by Josie Gray “A Grimsby Fish Tale”, is a story paying tribute to our country’s fishing heritage in jazz and poetry. With Alan will be Gilad Atzmon and Dean Masser on sax, Neil Yates trumpet, Mark Nightingale trombone, Pat McCarthy guitar and Dave Green and John Perry on Bass and drums.
Each of the three days ends with a cracking headline act. On Friday 24th June The Matt Skelton Allstars Septet playing Basie and Ellington, Saturday 25th June sees The Lowest Common Demoninator, a top drawer quintet fronted by festival favourites, sax giants Gilad Atzmon and Alan Barnes, and closing the festival on Sunday 26th June will be the highlight of the weekend, the premiere of “A Grimsby Fish Tale” (Any Port in a Storm).
And those are just the headline acts. In between will be a weekend full to overflowing with talent. Jam experiment, Pat McCarthy, Man Overboard, star of the vibes Roger Beaujolais and The Liz Fletcher Quintet on Saturday. On Sunday we have the excellent Doncaster Youth Orchestra, Sue Richardson playing Chet Baker, Mark Nightingale’s pianoless Quartet and, to even things up, two of the best performers on piano you could wish to see in Dave Newton, playing solo, and the vocalist Liane Carroll. www.grimsbyjazz.com
24th, 25th & 26th June 2016 at McCormacks Bar, Kings Road, Cleethorpes DN35 0PL
Tickets: Weekend £85 Day £36 Afternoon £21 Evening £27 available from Gill on 01472 873730 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Off the Beaten Track Louth: 01507 607677