Matt Robinson Director of Lancaster Jazz Festival writes
Our sixth Lancaster Jazz Festival (16-18 September) and, by far, the most ambitious yet. 2016 sees us expand into new territory and hand over the reins to the country’s emerging jazz artists like never before.
In a complete first for us we’ve commissioned our headline concert, giving it over to the astonishing baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts who tore the festival apart with Word of Moth at the end of last year. She’s currently writing a completely brand new work whilst bringing together a completely brand new 10 piece band, sourced from around Europe, ready to premier in The Round Theatre on Saturday 17th September.
In a similar vein, we continue our annual Youth Jazz Commission, awarded by our members to rising star guitarist Billy Marrows with a super interesting Gamelan inspired octet set. We also return to Lancaster Brewery, welcoming back saxophonists from the very first Lancaster Jazz Festival now they’ve become national jazz superstars. And we’re back in Sun Square and The Hall for the weekend with more amazing musicians, more great coffee, and more solo cello sets than ever before.
Come make a festival with us! - Matt Robinson, artistic director