Saturday, 28 March 2015

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival

The 9th Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival is taking place this summer, from Friday 3rd July to Sunday 5th July 2015.

2015 marks one hundred years since the birth of perhaps the greatest of all jazz singers, Billie Holiday. To celebrate, the critically acclaimed tribute to Billie, ‘Lady Sings The Blues’, is coming to Burton Agnes, featuring Val Wiseman, twice crowned ‘best singer’ in the British Jazz Awards. Six jazz stars will perform alongside Val Wiseman, including Alan Barnes and Digby Fairweather; all bar one are British Jazz Awards winners.

Moving from Billie’s jazz of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s to a present day star...the festival organisers are delighted to announce that the wonderful Jo Harman and Company is appearing this year. With a world-class band and a stunning voice, Jo draws heavily on a compelling mix of roots, blues, gospel and soul influences in a style that has been compared to Eva Cassidy.

Festival favourites Octopus, whose talented tentacles of this eight-piece band will open the festival on Friday evening with classic swing.

The wonderful Mahakasyapa Ensemble will perform 'Meditations on Burton Agnes’: an original suite. This new ensemble formed by bassist and composer, Paul Baxter, will premiere an original suite commissioned and in dedication to The Burton Agnes Jazz Festival. The Mahakasyapa Ensemble will explore the sounds of Burton Agnes combining elements of Jazz, Blues, Folk and Classical, music synonymous with the festival and the area and features Top UK Trumpeter and Jazz/Folk crossover artist Neil Yates, Fiery, UK Jazz favourite.

The festival is also delighted to welcome back Nicola Farnon, who is widely recognised as one of the classiest Jazz and Swing musicians in the UK and Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band plus Simon Cunliffe-Lister who will once again play out the weekend.

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