Matt Robinson, Lancaster Jazz Festival Artistic Director says: “We’re excited to be working with Jazz North in the staging of a great event that never fails to highlight the exceptional music and talent residing in the north. Hosting the northern line roster is a unique opportunity and we’re looking forward to working with the northern line artists to create a showcase day that actively supports artists and their development - as well as being a stand-out event for audiences, visiting promoters, and the city of Lancaster.”
The showcase is a key element of Jazz North’s northern line which, since its launch in 2013, has kickstarted the careers of 68 jazz artists and ensembles from across the North of England. “Jazz North has an ambitious plan to take the showcase on a journey around northern jazz festivals,” explains Jazz North’s Creative Director, Nigel Slee. “And we are looking forward to working with Lancaster Jazz Festival to continue its legacy of providing a great platform and development opportunities for northern jazz musicians.”
Jazz North’s northern line showcase has enjoyed five years at manchester jazz festival. “I'm delighted to be handing over the showcase footplate to Matt and the team at Lancaster Jazz Festival,” says Steve Mead, Artistic Director of mjf. “Showcase day is always a fun, surprising and rewarding marathon bringing together distinctive artists, enthusiastic audiences and committed presenters.
“We've loved hosting it at mjf and are looking forward to what I know will be a wonderful day of music at Lancaster - one of the UK's most forward-looking, exciting and cherished festivals.”