Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Line up announced for Scarborough Jazz Fest

Ian Shaw and Guy Barker

Mike Gordon writes "I’m really gratified that as I write this at the beginning of February almost two hundred people have bought weekend festival tickets without knowing the programme content. The almost complete line-up is below and I hope they feel their faith is justified.

Again we have a mix of well-established performers, chosen because I feel their jazz is continually developing, and younger bands with a diversity of musical agendas.  Big sounds will come from the 26-piece Engines Orchestra, led by Phil Meadows, and Beats & Pieces.

There’s some strong vocal jazz.  Ian Shaw, a long time festival favourite, is joined by the world class trumpeter Guy Barker.  Recently on the scene and making a great impression is singer Ben Cox and from the North we are delighted to have the charismatic Zoe Gilby.  Our cover picture is the superb vocalist Vimala Rowe, a member of the intriguing Jazz @ Café Society project.

We have some very classy musicians from the USA:  Jean Toussaint (ex Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, McCoy Tyner, Gil Evans, Horace Silver …); Darius Brubeck, highlight of a previous festival; two New York stars making up pianist Barry Green’s trio; and Michael Janisch, who has done so much to promote jazz links between America and the UK, with Paradigm Shift.

Our compere will again be Alan Barnes who will join up with pianist Dave Newton and saxophonist Tony Kofi to display his usual inventive versatility.  Add flautist  Gareth Lockrane’s cracking Grooveyard Unplugged and the unusual tongue-in-cheek Pigsfoot and I hope there is enough variety and quality to please everyone.

The morning swim awaits you!"

Mike Gordon Director, Scarborough Jazz Festival


Barry Green's New York Trio
Beats & Pieces
Ben Cox Band
Darius Brubeck Quartet
Dave Newton/Alan Barnes Duo
The Engines Orchestra
Gareth Lockrane's 'Grooveyard Unplugged'
Ian Shaw & Trio with very special guest Guy Barker
Jazz @ Cafe Society
Jean Toussaint: The Blakey Project
Michael Janisch's Paradigm Shift
Phil Meadows Group
Tony Kofi/Alan Barnes Quintet
Zoe Gilby Quartet
Compere: Alan Barnes
+ more acts to be confirmed.

'A Classy Jazz Three Dayer'- The Guardian
'A  Line Up That Always Packs A Punch'-Jazz Uk

Earlybird Weekend Tickets are now on sale priced at £85 (until 1st June)

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