Preview: Jazz By The Sea




The Jazz By The Sea festival will bring music to over 20 venues around Poole and Bournemouth, with Clare Teal, Omar Puente and the Jazzmobile set to appear

The 2017 Jazz By The Sea festival (previously known as the Bournemouth Jazz Festival) runs from 11 to 17 June, presenting jazz at more than 20 venues across the Bournemouth and Poole area. Within a wide-ranging programme, the festival's opening night concert at the Lighthouse in Poole features Clare Teal (pictured right) and her Hollywood Orchestra, led by Guy Barker, while the same venue brings the festival to a close with a World Jazz Jamboree featuring sets from Monica Vasconcelos and Tommaso Starace.

The final lineup is yet to be confirmed but at least 20 more acts are promised, ranging from blues guitarist Mark Harrison to funky acid jazzers the James Taylor Quartet, soul jazz band Incognito, vocalist Tina May and a jazz tea dance with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The festival director, Gerry Clarke, promises concerts at venues including retail outlets, shopping arcades, hotels, bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs. The festival's Jazzmobile will facilitate concerts in public areas in Bournemouth and Poole.

The festival's main concerts will take place at the Lighthouse. On the evening of Sunday 11 June Clare Teal and her Hollywood Orchestra, which includes a seven-piece string section, will present a family jazz show celebrating the American and British songbooks. On Thursday 15 June Jazz FM presents Blues And Boogie - featuring acoustic blues from Mark Harrison, boogie woogie pianist Dino Baptiste and singer Zoe Schwarz with Blue Commotion.

The World Jazz Jamboree on the final day of the festival is a series of five concerts, all at the Lighthouse, from an international array of artists. The event opens at 12.30 pm with a performance from the Tommaso Starace Quartet, playing music inspired by images from leading Italian photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin. The second concert comes from Brazilian vocalist and songwriter Monica Vasconcelos (pictured left) and her quintet. South African jazz sextet the Thokozile Collective take over for the 4.30pm slot, followed  by the sextet of Cuban violinist Omar Puente. The Jamboree closes with an appearance by Afro-Caribbean septet The Soothsayers.

For further details and ticket sales go to the Jazz By The Sea website.

Bruce Lindsay


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