Preview: Scarborough Jazz Festival

Scarborough Jazz Festival has announced the full lineup for this year’s programme, ranging from the Stan Tracey Legacy Band to Get The Blessing

Festival Director Mike Gordon has designed a diverse programme of music for the 15th anniversary Scarborough Jazz Festival, which runs 22-24 September 2017. The New York Marching Band (hailing from Yorkshire) will open the festival. They will be followed by the winners of the 2016/17 Jazz North Introduces Award, Wandering Monster (pictured right). There's a strong focus on swinging modern jazz - including performances from Gilad Atzmon, Alan Barnes & The Lowest Common Denominator, Hexagonal, Loire Funk All Stars, Nicolas Meier Quintet and Nikki Iles & Stan Sultzman - as well as an appearance from Bristol's Ornette Coleman-influenced Get The Blessing.

Composer, arranger and trombonist Mike Gibbs - whose compositions blend influences from Africa, Charles Ives, Messaien and rock - performs as part of his 80th birthday celebrations with the 17-piece Hans Koller Big Band. Clark Tracey’s Stan Tracey Legacy Big Band, dedicated to keeping the musical legacy of pianist Stan Tracey alive and led by his drummer son Clark, will also bring the power of the big band to the festival stage. 

Three pianists, Nikki Iles, Jason Rebello and Janette Mason, will be headlining their own concerts. Rebello has appeared with many artists including Bud Shank, Wayne Shorter and Gary Burton. He’s also recorded with Sting and performed several classical concerts with the Nice Symphony Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra. Janette Mason brings her Red Alert trio to the festival. A pianist, arranger and composer, Mason has worked as a musical director for artists as diverse as Oasis and Robert Wyatt. Nikki Iles and saxophonist Stan Sulzman (pictured left) will appear as a duo.

Polly Gibbons and Mads Matthias provide the festival with a vocal theme. Gibbons will perform with her quartet, which will feature pianist James Pearson, on the Sunday evening. Mathias will also perform with a quartet: as a vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist his vocal style has been influenced by classic singers such as Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.

As well as performing with Gilad Atzmon and The Lowest Common Denominator, Alan Barnes (pictured right by George Coupe) returns as compere for his 14th consecutive year. 

The full line-up is as follows (performance dates/times to be announced):
Clarinet Maestros (featuring Ken Peplowski and Julian Stringle)
Clark Tracey’s Stan Tracey Legacy Band
Gilad Atzmon, Alan Barnes & The Lowest Common Denominator
Get The Blessing
Janette Mason Trio
Jason Rebello
Loire Funk All Stars featuring Gareth Lockrane
Mads Mathias Quartet
Mike Gibbs 80th Birthday Celebration with the Hans Koller 17 piece Big Band
New York Marching Band
Nicolas Meier Quintet
Nikki Iles & Stan Sultzman
Polly Gibbons Quartet
Seven Pieces of Silver
Wandering Monster
Compere: Alan Barnes

For further details and ticket bookings please visit the Scarborough Jazz Festival website. The festival box office can also be contacted on 01723 821888.

Bruce Lindsay

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