David Porter writes
The 22nd Summer edition of the Hull Jazz Festival runs from 24th – 26th July at Hull Truck Theatre. Artists taking part include the Honeybirds, Django a la Creole featuring Evan Christopher and Don Vappie from New Orleans, Mike Walker, Stuart McCallum, Jay Phelps and Soweto Kinch and Last Train to Skaville plus local talent Matthew Smith Eclectic4, Kingston Blues Band, Kris Wright Trio, Kingston Swing. This follows a series of previews with GoGo Penguin, Matthew Holborn Gypsy Jazz Eyes Shut Tight and Michael Cretu.
The Festival has in recent years moved away from presenting one 2-week operation and now programmes a series of weekend events and special performances throughout the year profiling a diverse range of international, national and regional jazz artists whilst also supporting and encouraging local talent. This is enabling the Festival to reach many more people and ensure that there is a spread of jazz and related activity throughout the year and throughout the city, as it prepares to become City of Culture 2017.
In September Hull Jazz Festival outdoor stage at Freedom Festival will welcome from New York Naturally7 plus Riot Jazz Brass Band, Ruby Turner, Dread Supreme, Arun Ghosh Sonic Boom, a tribute to Township Jazz featuring Al MacSween and Claude Deppa, Hannabelle and Midnight Blue and local artists Octopus and Pearls Cab Ride with more to be announced.
The November Festival will see the beginning of a new relationship with National Youth Jazz Orchestra working in residency with the Hull Music Hub and University of Hull Big Band and culminate in a special performance by NYJO with Hull big bands and special guest Soweto Kinch. Other artists working with the Festival include Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble with the Sigamos strings playing Atzmon’s homage to Charlie Parker, Dutch gypsy jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis’ tribute to Grapelli and Arun Ghosh’s South Asian Suite.