From Scarborough - three highlights of the Northern Jazz year from Mike and Marian Gordon
A tremendous highlight at the Scarborough Jazz Festival in September was the premier of Mike Gibbs’ 80th birthday celebration with the Hans Koller 17 Piece Big Band. The band read like a Who’s Who of jazz stars and it was a fitting finale to a great festival.
I feel I have to include another 80th celebration (mine!) in May at Scarborough Jazz. The Alan Barnes/Dave Newton Quartet which included bassist Dave Green and drummer Sebastian De Krom gave a joyful and very special evening.
And finally the Christine Tobin Trio had a deserved rapturous reception at Scarborough Jazz in November. Christine’s unique rich voice was brilliantly backed by guitarist Phil Robson and bassist Dave Whitford.
All in all we had a fantastic jazz year by the sea.
Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Mike & Marian Gordon
Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners 2017