Preview: Llandudno Jazz Festival
The festival returns to Bodafon Farm, with a wide-ranging programme featuring American sax man Greg Abate and Alan Barnes's Grimsby fish tale
Llandudno Jazz Festival takes place over the weekend of 28-30 July and once more brings an extensive array of jazz musicians to the north Wales coast. For 2017 the festival takes its first steps towards becoming an international festival with an appearance from Greg Abate (pictured right), brings back old favourites from previous years and promises "Britain's best-kept vocal secret" as well as "a great comedy double-act".
Greg Abate - whose discography includes albums with Phil Woods, Gary Smulyan and Alan Barnes as well as numerous releases as leader - will appear on Friday evening with an as yet unnamed rhythm section. The festival opens on Friday lunchtime with a set from the Mark Nightingale Quartet (Nightingale is the subject of the My Instruments column in March's Jazz Journal) and closes on Sunday night with Thelonious Monk: A Centenary Celebration performed by a 10-piece band led by Clark Tracey and Arnie Somogyi and featuring Tony Kofi, Art Themen and pianist Bruce Boardman.
The programme is as follows (final performance times and some line-ups are to be confirmed):
Mark Nightingale Quartet
Allison Neale - The Paul Desmond/Art Pepper Legacy
David Newton Trio
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