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Monday, 20 January 2014

Liverpool International Jazz Festival

Jason Rebello

Just weeks to go until the Liverpool International Jazz Festival from Thursday 27th February – Sunday 2nd March 2014

Headlining and opening the festival on Thursday 27th February is celebrated British jazz pianist and multi-award winner Jason Rebello. Labelled a veteran by critics at the age of just 19, Rebello has since collaborated with some of the most highly regarded artists in the industry, including Jeff Beck and Sting.

On Friday 28th February, unique Anglo-American jazz ‘supergroup’ The Impossible Gentlemen will perform tracks from their new album. Already being tipped for the 2014 “best-of” lists ( Internationally Recognised Aliens also features the band’s newest line-up, Steve Rodby, former bass player with the Pat Metheny Group.

On Saturday 1st March the ever evolving music of Unfurl will take audiences on a journey that combines Indian ragas, flamenco and Arabic music, while Blue Touch Paper will perform exciting tracks from their brand new album Drawing Breath.

Rounding off a high energy weekend on Sunday 2nd March the festival culminates with another two concerts. Firstly Stuart McCallum Trio collaborates with Real Strings while the second instalment of the day comes from one of the UK’s most exciting live bands, award winning Get The Blessing. Featuring members of legendary trip hop band Portishead and fresh from a European and American tour, their unique signature sound never loses its monstrously infectious beats and spontaneity.

The Weave, a collection of Liverpool’s most established jazz musicians, and acclaimed jazz pianist Jamil Sheriff in a trio with Dave Walsh on drums and Pete Turner on double bass, both perform on Saturday 1st March. While on Sunday 2nd March, there will be performances from ACV, an experimental contemporary jazz quintet from North East England and classic and contemporary sax quartet HSQ are joined by Rachael Gladwin on harp and percussionist Phil Bennett to form HSQ +2.

Throughout the weekend there will also be free workshop sessions taking place. At 12 noon on Saturday 1st March, Unfurl will focus on their practice of developing jazz compositions based on ideas and approaches from Indian classical music. While on Sunday 2nd March, also at 12 noon, join Dave O'Higgins for a saxophone masterclass. Both sessions are free and open to all.

Tickets for the Liverpool International Jazz Festival are on sale now. A weekend pass is available giving you access to all the events across the whole weekend. For more information please visit

Bill Elms

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