Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Southport Jazz Festival starts soon

Tricia Evy: Sat 3 Feb

There are a couple of big North West jazz festivals coming up this February

Firstly the 14th Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend in Southport at the Royal Clifton Hotel Southport runs 1-4th February. It once again incorporating the flavours that Southport has become well known for; international artists, challenging and contemporary jazz, some Big Band music and of course the best in British with a touch of North West genius.

This year the International theme features Tricia Evy who plays the late set for us on Saturday night and we have Asaf Sirkis joining local heroes Mike Walker & Gwilym Simcock in the Friday late, late slot.

We are so blessed to have Swingtime Big Band on our doorstep and this year they are joined by the eminent vocalist Matt Ford who has sung with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and has recorded Cole Porter and Gershwin albums with the John Wilson Orchestra. They are sure to cook up a storm on the opening Friday night. And on the Sunday, Leeds College of Music Big Band are coming across the Pennines to let us listen in to the stars of the future.

Last year’s Gala Dinner, where we got the chance to relax and enjoy a 4 course meal followed by Live Jazz was a complete sell out, so we are repeating this again on Saturday night with Ian Shaw – do book early. The welcome meal on Thursday stays in the programme, and we will be adding in a few extra food options to keep you entertained.

Geoff Matthews called the festival “the best Jazz house party in the UK” and we aim to continue that tradition. The Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa is home from home, features 2 great rooms for live music, has a great bar, real ale, menus and service to match. So, if you make it to the end of the party, we salute you and close with the the amazing sound of the Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley Band, a mesmerising Nonet

Thus 1 Feb
Dan Wheildon -Positive Changes

Fri 2 Feb
Blakeys Boys
Swingtime Big Band
Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker, Asaf Sirkis

Sat 3 Feb
The Weave
Ian Shaw - Gala Dinner
Phil Meadows project
Tricia Evy

Sun 4 Feb 
Ben Crosland Ray Davies Song Book
Leeds College of Music Big Band
Alan Barnes Octet
Joshua Cavanagh Brierley Nonet

More details here https://southportjazzfestival.com/

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