Friday, 2 January 2015

Southport's “Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend” 5-8 Feb

Dmitry Baevsky

Geoff Matthews writes - now the year has turned here is some information about our fast approaching “Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend” festival. So here's a piece that appeared in our local glossy mag "Love Southport"

"The 11th Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend festival is all set to go 5-8 Feb at the Royal Clifton Hotel Southport.. Programmed and managed since its inception in 2005 by Southport Melodic Jazz Club, this festival has become a ‘must go’ event for discerning contemporary jazz enthusiasts.

Jazz media writers and critics provide some of the answers; with phrases like “punched well above its weight”, “distinctive concert choices”, “seamless organisation” and “congenial surroundings” jumping out from masses of positive press coverage in Jazz Rag, Jazz Wise and Jazz UK magazines and the national dailies. Festival Director Geoff Matthews attributes it to “following a consistent policy of booking the best, but not always the obvious UK musicians and bands and a good sprinkling of European and American stars combined with emerging young talent to create a special and unique ambiance.”

What this year’s 11 main concerts?  From Norway saxophonist Marius Neset in duet with Daniel Herskedal on tuba: From Russia, now USA resident, phenomenal alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky in an all-star quintet with Joe Magnarelli from New York City: The inimitable pairing of two UK stars, pianist David Newton with saxophonist Alan Barnes in a septet devoted to arrangements of their own compositions: Number one UK clarinettist and band leader Pete Long with an all-star 10 piece band’s rousing tribute to the famous 1950’s Jazz-at-the Phil concerts: Brilliant new talent in Jam Experiment featuring Alexander Bone, 2014 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year: New rising star pianist/vocalist Theo Jackson, close harmony vocal quartet ‘Mainstreet’: The Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra or American trumpeter Gordon Vernick with Scottish rising star pianist Alan Benzie: Or a double tribute to Monk and Mingus with a brilliant quintet lead by Tony Kofi.

If you come for the weekend you can see them all for £135 or maybe just choose a day (£44-£65) or even just the odd concert you fancy (£14-£22). For a free 12 page full colour programme or to book tickets ring SMJC Tickets 01704 541790. Or go on line to to view the programme and download a booking form".

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