Friday, 24 April 2015

Scarborough awaits you!

Vimala Rowe

Mike Gordon writes - the line up is all arranged for the Scarborough Jazz Festival 25-27 September 2105. 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 Festival cover picture is the superb vocalist Vimala Rowe, a member of the intriguing Jazz@CafĂ© 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

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