Monday, 1 February 2016

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival – July 1st-3rd 2016

Elaine Delmar 

The tenth Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival takes place this summer in Burton Agnes Hall surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds

On the Friday, eight-piece festival favourites Octopus will open the boutique festival, performing swinging big band classics. Joining them on opening night is the nine-piece powerhouse Bugalu Foundation. Their style is heavily influenced by the music of Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri, and particularly the ’70s era of ‘Our Latin Thing’.

Saturday artists so far include Manjula, a Leeds based project exploring, innovating and bringing together rhythms and melodies from diverse cultures to create a beautiful mix of sounds from around the globe. Pan Jumby showcase calypso/jazz sounds from ace steel pannist Dudley Nesbitt, with Richard Ormrod on sax and the Pan Jumby band - you can’t fail to be smiling and dancing to their infectious beat. From the North West jazz scene, and putting a fresh spin on the sax/bass/drums trio format, is the Blind Monk Trio, who draw their influences from the entire history of the genre (Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, FLY)

Burton Agnes are also delighted to announce that Elaine Delmar will grace their stage on Saturday evening. One of the great British jazz voices of all time, Elaine Delmar brings her acclaimed interpretations of two of the greatest songbooks of all time, Gershwin and Porter.

PP Arnold - an Ikette with the Ike & Tina Revue, PP was spotted by Mick Jagger, who immediately convinced Andrew Loog Oldham to sign her to his ‘Immediate’ record label. Several huge hits followed, the best-known being ‘The first cut is the deepest’, ‘Angel of the morning’ and ‘If you think you’re groovy’. PP was one of the iconic faces of London’s swinging ’60s.

Sunday brings Lindsay Hannon’s debut at the Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival. Rooted in the improvisational traditions of jazz, this engaging band moves from raucous barrel house blues to thoughtful, spacious ballads across a variety of grooves, creating an electric atmosphere. Also performing is Graeme Wilson, whose quartet is all about heartfelt improvisation on idiosyncratic tunes that stay with you. They infuse driving jazz and Latin rhythms, or ambient swing with enthusiasm for folk and rock ballads, free jazz and the dance floor.

Bringing the Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival 2016 to an end is the delightful Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band. The band celebrate the songs they love, and play their own original compositions with a youthful vigour and energy.

Tickets are now on sale from here tel 01262 490324 (weekdays 9am-5pm), or from any of the shops at Burton Agnes Hall. Early bird tickets are currently on sale, priced at £70 for the full weekend, before 1st June, with individual day tickets also available. Children under 12 are free with an adult. Concessions: OAPs, Burton Agnes Hall members, students and children aged 12-15 are £68 before 1st June (Families need only buy one concessionary ticket to cover all children aged 12-15)

Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

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