Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project
This year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival takes place at Scarborough Spa over the slightly earlier weekend of 20-22 September 2019. The 2019 line up has just been announced by Festival Director Mike Gordon
Mike says "There are lots of new performers amongst the line-up, however one constant face since the festival started in 2003 has been the compere and multi award-winning reeds player Alan Barnes. Alan has performed at every Scarborough Jazz Festival and will be celebrating his 60th birthday this year by bringing together twelve amazing UK musicians. He has commissioned world class trombonist Mark Nightingale to write 13 charts for the 12 piece big band of tunes written in 1959 by, for example, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Horace Silver and Duke Ellington. That should bring Friday to a stirring climax.
Saturday night’s finale should get everyone on their feet. Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project – Jeremy sings and plays piano – has seventeen instrumentalists and singers, a great spectacle on the Grand Hall stage.
Sunday night sees what promises to be a perfect finish to the festival. Legendary ‘musician’s musician’ guitarist Jim Mullen has brought together the ‘Volunteers’: an All Star nine piece band who play jazz with hints of blues, soul, funk and rock. Jim has played and recorded with, among others, Mose Allison, Claire Martin, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dave O'Higgins and Georgie Fame, He is warmly remembered as joint leader, with tenor saxophone player Dick Morrissey, of the British jazz funk band Morrissey–Mullen.
Yet again over 98% of the 2018 Scarborough Jazz Festival audience evaluations rated the festival as excellent or very good. This comes after winning Best Festival at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2017 and we hope this year’s event reaches another high” - Mike Gordon
Earlybird Weekend Tickets are now on sale, priced at just £90 until 31 March 2019. Tickets can be purchased via Scarborough Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 and the Jazz Festival website: www.scarboroughjazzfestival.co.uk