ABERDEEN JAZZ FESTIVAL . . .
. . . goes from strength to strength
as exciting line-up for 2007 is revealed
national and international talents, including guitarist Martin Taylor,
are being gathered to play the Aberdeen Jazz Festival which takes place
over five days between the 7th - 11th March, with broadcast coverage
from BBC Radio.
A highly impressive roster of jazz luminaries includes
the effervescent BBC Big Band with the velvet-voiced Elaine Delmar,
jazz guitar virtuoso Ulf Wakenius, and darlings of the current London
scene Polar Bear and the Neil Cowley Trio. Home grown acts come in
the form of leading Scottish trumpeter Colin Steele and world-famous
Scottish sax star Tommy Smith.
The festival is also a strong supporter of aspiring
new talent. A performance by pianist Gwilym Simcock will be broadcast
live to the nation, and a number of instrumental workshops will provide
expert tuition for hundreds of music students.
Spread over five venues the festival’s rapidly
growing reputation shows no signs of slowing. Ticket hotline:– Tel.
01224 619 769 www.aberdeenjazzfestival.com
Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend Triumph
We’re delighted to hear from Geoff Matthews that the weekend was a great
success, very well supported and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Congratulations to Geoff and the team
from Southport Melodic Jazz Club. If you missed it this year make a
mental note for next year. Check out
www.jazzinsouthport.co.uk for their regular jazz events.
DAME CLEO, SIR JOHN AND
ACKER BILK AT PORTHCAWL
International jazz stars Dame Cleo Laine and husband Sir John Dankworth
make a rare appearance in Wales on Saturday 21st April when they top
the bill at the extended 2007 Porthcawl Jazz Festival. Running from
20th to 22nd April, the 3-day Festival kicks off on Friday 20th with
an evening of pure enjoyment at the Porthcawl Grand Pavilion delivered
by the hugely popular Mr Acker Bilk (above) and his Paramount Jazz
Band. On Saturday 21st, again at the Grand Pavilion, a jazz workshop,
masterclass and a full programme of bands lead up to the Dankworths’ evening
Add to all that a jazzbrunch on Sunday 22nd at Porthcawl Rugby Football
Club and a great event is guaranteed. Calls for tickets have surprised
even the Organising Committee.
Committee Chairman Wayne Warlow says “By presenting a wide range
of quality jazz the Festival is attracting ever more national and international
attention. Our aim is to stage a very special event for the people
of Porthcawl and beyond.”
Fertile Ground at the Drum
Ground are performing at The Drum on Saturday 17 March, this internationally
recognised urban collective have sold thousands of albums worldwide
and have a huge underground following. Their unique sound combines
Nu-soul, Jazz and world beats, influenced by Gil Scott-Heron, the music
of Marvin Gaye and the early work of Jon Lucien.
Fertile Ground have received widespread acclaim for their electric
live performances and plaudits for their albums – Black Is (2004)
and Seasons Change (2002).
On Friday 16 March cool rhythmic and bluesy soul artist Ola returns
to the Artrix at Bromsgrove. New venue the Artrix has a fantastic programme
of dance, films, theatre and live music.
To book or to receive their brochure tel 01527 577330 or book online
...from 7th to 11th March features the BBC Big Band with Elaine Delmar
(right), Ulf Wakenius, Martin Taylor, Polar Bear, the Neil Cowley Trio,
Colin Steele, sax star Tommy Smith and pianist Gwilym Simcox among
many others. More on this in our Jan/Feb
Ticket Hotline 01224 619769 www.aberdeenjazzfestival.com
OUT FOR SARAH JANE!
Sarah Jane Morris is set to play the Assembly Rooms in Ludlow on Saturday
7th April. For those of you who don't know Sarah Jane is the girl who
sang Contralto to Jimmy Summerville's Counter Tenor on the Communards
classic cover of "Never Can Say Goodbye".
If you've not seen her sing make sure you don't miss out this time, "cos
boy, the girl can sing!
You can ring the Assembly Rooms Box Office on 01584 878 141
The Yardbird Has Landed in Brum
The Stage, Paradise Place, has changed hands, had a make-over, and
has now reopened as The Yardbird Jazz Club. There’s live music
Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun ranging from Jazz to Latin, Soul and Funk and
DJs on Mon, Tues and Friday. Food is served from 11am to 5pm.
Saturday nights are £5 (members £4), other nights are
free. The Cobweb Collective is putting on Jazz sessions every Thursday
from 8pm till late. On Thursday 1st March the special guest will be
Tel 0121-212 2524 - www.myspace.com/theyardbirdbirmingham
festival bonanza for Esther
Jazz vocalist Esther Miller will be appearing at 3 Festivals this
spring. On the 31st of March she appears at the Cape Town International
Jazz Festival with New York trumpet maestro, Jeremy Pelt as her special
Next up is the Isle of Wight Jazz Divas festival on April the 13th
and finally, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on the 3rd of May with Karen
Sharp on tenor sax.
Charity Event for Brum
Children’s Hospital. On Sunday 1 April the afternoon slot, 3 to
7pm, at the Prince of Wales, Cambridge Street (behind ICC), Birmingham
will be devoted to a fundraiser for the Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Acts will include Doctor Johnny's Blues, rising pop star Matt Tyler and
Diamond duo. Free entry, special fundraising CDs on sale and raffles. Come
and enjoy the super-friendly atmosphere of the Prince of Wales, great real
For info phone Linda on 0121-241 6751
Tommy Burton’s Memories
Well loved entertainer and singerpianist Tommy was a Black Country legend.
Now new CDs, Ma, He's making eyes at me and Live at the Raglan, are available
from Dottie Burton at £10 each including P&P. Phone Dottie on
Huntingdon Hall in Worcester...
... has a great programme of jazz lined up beginning with Girl
Talk on Tuesday 6th March “three singers give their all in silk,
sequins, pinnies and rubber gloves, an hysterical, fabulously sung show
performed by Britain's best-dressed divas.”
Further events: Friday 23rd March: Stacy Kent and Jim Tomlinson, following
their latest successful album “ The Lyric.” Friday 30th March:
King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, a great night of swing. Saturday 14th
April: Martin Taylor, one of the most gifted guitarists from the world
of jazz and on 11th May it's Snake Davis (above), the former Sax player
in M People.
Special discounts for JazzWestMids readers. Quote our
advert and receive 10% off ticket prices for all events advertised in JWM.
Box Office 01905 611427 www.worcesterlive.co.uk
Esbjorn Svensson Trio
Thursday 22nd March, 7.30pm at Birmingham Symphony Hall. Innovative Swedish
jazz band E.S.T. bring the jazz piano trio into the 21st century, with
electronics, drum 'n' bass, funk and catchy melody all contributing to
a sound that captivates audiences around the world.
Box Office 0121 780 3333
Online booking at www.symphonyhall.co.uk/boxoffice
Isle of Wight Jazz Festival
Fancy a break in the beautiful Isle of Wight in April with great jazz
thrown in? Take a look at the Jazz Festival advert below. With the attractions
of sea, scenery, holiday atmosphere and many top jazz names, you can't
go wrong! Check out www.jazzdivas.tv or phone 01983 856206/856200. For
an accommodation brochure call the Tourist Office on 01983 813813
Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival
The 10th Festival has an international dimension provided by the Climax
Jazz Band from Toronto, Canada, and the Barfota Jazzmen from Sweden. Home
grown talent is ably represented by Hokum, Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz,
Antique Six Jazz Band and West Jesmond Rhythm Kings all from England and
by Bill Salmond's Louisiana Ragtime Band and Dave Keir's Hot Five from
Scotland - and that's only a few of the bands appearing! Although firmly
rooted in " traditional" jazz this year's Festival exceptionally
features the boogie-woogie, jump jive and rhythm and blues sounds of the
Red Stripe Band. With jazzdining in local restaurants, a stunning brolly
parade and a swinging, singing jazz church service this is a weekend not
to miss. The picturesque harbour and artists' town of Kirkcudbright is
set amongst beautiful scenery in SW Scotland. You can see the harbour and
fishing fleet, admire the brightly coloured houses and savour the artistic
heritage of artists such as Hornel Oppenheimer, Taylor and Jessie M King.
Sample local beef and fresh seafood in the town's restaurants and enjoy
the friendliness of the townspeople.
LICHFIELD GARRICK FOR
JACQUI DANKWORTH & MYJO
Jacqui Dankworth, who will be joining MYJO at the Lichfield Garrick.
The Lichfield Garrick Theatre will be presenting a very special
event at 7.30pm on Wed Mar 21 with the acclaimed Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra
and their star guest, vocalist Jacqui Dankworth.
For further details contact Nichola Ruddick on 01675 442050. For bookings
please contact the Box Office on 01543 412121 Don’t miss this concert
- it will be an evening to remember!
The legendary Rosemary Squires . . .
will be performing with the Four Oaks Big Band on Thursday March 22 at
Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, a concert organised by Sutton Coldfield Rotary