Friday, 24 April 2015

Keswick gets ready to swing....

The 24th Keswick Jazz Festival in the beautiful English Lake District, is firmly established as Britain’s foremost celebration of traditional, New Orleans, Swing and mainstream jazz. This year the dates are Thu 7 - Sun 10 May 2015 and the festival promises to be a vintage one, with fabulous international guests, a galaxy of UK talent and many old favourites.

Over 90 inspiring performance in this four day feast of jazz, with a further three days of concerts in Theatre By The Lake preceding the main festival.

Music from days of jazz when it began - Jelly Roll Morton and Kid Ory, and from the glory days of traditional jazz in the UK - Midnight Follies, Chris Barber, Ken Colyer, to the fat and hip-swinging music of the New Olreans brass bands and Cajun style bands, also the jumping sounds of the jive bands, intimate  gipsy jazz, powerful and inspiring vocalists, some of the finest stride pianists you'll hear in the UK... the list goes on.

A dance floor will be laid in one venue where the bands will play for dancing, and dance tutors will run classes in the morning for beginners and intermediates.

There will also be interesting jazz talks, jam sessions, guest sessions, a parade though the town, jazz services, music in local pubs and cafes as well as concerts in large and small venues in and around the town.

All set in the beautiful surroundings of Keswick, in the heart of the Lake District.

Just a few highlights are as follows

Thursday 7 May:  Lake Records International Band; Martin Litton's Red Hot Peppers; Baby Jools and the Jazzaholics; Mellow Tone featuring Mellow Baku; Basin Street Brawlers.

Friday 8 May: Keith Nichol's Festival Orchestra; Huxley/Tomasso Hot Fives; Richard Bennett/Adrian Cox band; Candid Jug Orange Band; Gavin Lee Band.

Saturday 9 May: TJ Johnson Band; Louis Louis Louis; Jamie Brownfield Hot Six; Candid Jug Orange Band; Andy Dickens Band; Reeds United; Festival Parade Band.

Sunday 10 May : Nick Ward's Classic Jazz Band; Kevin Grenfell's Jazz Giants feat. Paul Harrison; Carl Sinclair Boogie Band; Brass Volcanoes; Dom Pipkin; Barnhart/Fryer Red Hot Seven.

Jazz Talks - The ever-popular series of talks from leading musicians returns in 2015 with a stellar line-up including Paul Munnery, Keith Nicholls and Spats Langham.

G.I. Jive Dance Classes - Ian and Sheilagh Hartley have been teaching swing dancing for over 20 years and love to pass on their enthusiasm. Sessions available for both beginners and improvers

Band details

4-day stroller pass: £120
3-day stroller pass (Thu-Sat): £90
1-day stroller pass: Thu £30, Fri £35, Sat £45, Sun £30

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