Preview: Jazz On A Winter's Weekend




Southport Jazz Festival's winter weekend of jazz returns for the 14th consecutive year with Ian Shaw, Gwilym Simcock and Tricia Evy on the bill

From Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 February, Jazz On A Winter's Weekend will bring 70 performers in 12 concerts to Southport's Royal Clifton Hotel. The weekend is presented by Southport Jazz Festival.

Director Neil Hughes says that he has "...incorporated the flavours that Southport has become well known for - international artists, challenging and contemporary jazz, some big band music and of course the best in British with a lovely north-west smattering".

The international star of the 2018 weekend is vocalist Tricia Evy (pictured right), originally from Guadeloupe and now based in France. Top names from the UK scene include pianist Andrew McCormack with his Graviton project, singer Ian Shaw (who will be running a vocal workshop as well as performing at the weekend's gala dinner), the trio of Gwylim Simcock, Asaf Sirkis and Mike Walker, the Alan Barnes Octet and the Phil Meadows Quartet. Blakey's Boys, featuring Matt Telfer and Andy Davies, will tell the story of the Jazz Messengers with Ronnie Scott's Club programmer Paul Pace narrating.

There will be two big band concerts, from the Swingtime Big Band with singer Matt Ford and from the Leeds College Big Band. All of the concerts take place in the Royal Clifton Hotel which also offers a spa, restaurant and a selection of real ales.

The programme is as follows (times to be confirmed):

Thursday 1:
Dan Whieldon's Positive Changes

Friday 2:
Blakey’s Boys
Swingtime Big Band feat Matt Ford
Simcock, Walker & Sirkis

Saturday 3:
The Weave
Andrew McCormack’s Graviton
Phil Meadows Project
Ian Shaw
Tricia Evy

Sunday 4:
Ben Crosland – The Ray Davies Songbook
Leeds College of Music Big Band
Alan Barnes Octet
Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley Band

Weekend tickets cost £150. Day tickets and tickets for individual concerts and the gala dinner are also available. For more information and ticket bookings go to the Southport Jazz Festival webpage.

Bruce Lindsay


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