The sixteenth Scarborough Jazz Festival could prove to be the best so far.
‘We have some incredible performers already booked,’ says Director Mike Gordon. ‘As always we are trying to achieve balance and variety, and above all superb musicianship.’
‘This year there will be two big bands packed with UK jazz stars: the Gareth Lockrane Big Band and the Stan Sulzmann Neon Orchestra.
We’ll hear the songs of Peggy Lee sung by Jo Harrop, with Tony Kofi on sax, and Vimala Rowe singing Billie Holliday accompanied by internationally renowned guitarist John Etheridge.
We have two very different offerings from abroad:
Leila Martial is a truly unique singer and performer from France, Woody Black 4 are four clarinet virtuosos from Vienna and nearer to home Andchuck is a young, modern and experimental Manchester based jazz quartet selected for the Jazz North Introduces scheme.’
‘I’m particularly excited by the quality of the combos we have booked: Alan Barnes Octet, the all female septet Nerija, Matt Ridley Quartet, Nigel Price Organ Trio, Terry Seabrook Quintet – Celebrating Wayne Shorter, and the seven-piece Atlantic Crossover.’
‘One of the finest duos around, pianist David Newton and reeds player Alan Barnes, will celebrate forty years playing together.
The ever popular Alan Barnes will again be the festival compere.’
‘There are a few acts still to be booked and there will also be lots of exciting fringe events.