Sunday, 10 June 2018

All that Jazz in a Spiegeltent

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Jazz fans can experience an eclectic line-up of acts in a week-long festival hosted in the magical Spiegeltent at the Harrogate Festival from from Friday 29 June to Sunday 8 July in Harrogate’s Crescent Gardens

Guest curator of the Spiegeltent is the MOBO-nominated singer-songwriter Ayanna Witter-Johnson, who’ll also be performing a world premiere of a special commission. Alongside jazz, the classical-trained cellist touches on soul, blues and reggae influences.

One of the ground-breaking jazz acts she’s bringing to Harrogate is Binker & Moses. Ayanna said: “I love their raw energy and spontaneity!” The semi-free jazz drum-and-sax duo and MOBO winners, have been hailed as part of a new type of jazz in the UK, creating sounds that work on dance floors and festivals as well as jazz clubs.

Starting the festival in sultry style is Benoit Viellefon and His Hot Club, the finest musicians on the London jazz scene promise flair and vintage romance as the 1930s Parisian café scene meets American jazz, Louis Armstrong-style.

Winner of the Kenny Wheeler jazz prize, Misha Mullov-Abbado, has performed at Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 Club. The 2017 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist’s debut album was picked as one of the Telegraph’s Best Jazz Albums of 2015.  His second album, Cross-Platform Interchange wowed the critics.

Prepare for some truly uplifting grooves from the Dutch five-piece Tristan. Playing feel-good vintage Acid Jazz, they’re known for their tight, punchy arrangements, featuring funky rhythm guitars. All this underpins singer Evelyn Kallansee’s stunningly beautiful vocals. for the full programmes. Box Office: 01423 562 303

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