Swanage Jazz Festival all set for its 24th

The 24th annual Swanage Jazz Festival takes place from 12 to 14 July, with three days and nights of ticketed and free gigs across the Dorset seaside town

Swanage Jazz Festival returns for its 24th year this July, with dates confirmed and tickets now available for Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July. Stylistically billed as ranging from New Orleans sounds to contemporary fusions, the festival features such jazz names as Liane Carroll (pictured right), Steve Melling (pictured below) and the Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble.

Based in the picturesque seaside setting of Swanage, with venues including marquees, churches and local pubs, the three-day festival kicks off with the Steve Waterman septet on Friday. Performing Waterman's new arrangements of classic compositions by Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Gerry Mulligan, the septet features Alan Barnes on bass saxophone. Friday's line-up also features the Zoe Schwarz–Rob Koral Quintet, delivering a set of bluesy and Billie-influenced numbers.

On Saturday, the programme features the Christian Brewer–Damon Brown Quintet, as well as the Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble, Atzmon having being a regular at the festival since 1998.

Sunday's line-up includes the Steve Melling Trio and Clark Tracey Quintet, wrapping up with an evening of dynamic vocal jazz from Liane Carroll.

As well as ticketed events, there are also plenty of free open-air and pub-based gigs throughout the town, to which you can find a guide on the festival's comprehensive website. Other attractions include a steam train to a neighbouring village hall for an afternoon jazz dance and a brass band parade through the town on the Saturday.

Also booked are Greg Abate, Brass Jaw, Mark Bassey (playing Basie), Dave Brennan, Laurie Chescoe, Renato D'Aiello, Kit Downes, Steve Fishwick-Osian Roberts band, Leon Greening, Shabaka Hutchings, Tony Kofi, Mark Lockheart's Ellington in Anticipation, Keith Nichols (solo and with his Blue Devils, with Joan Viskant), Arnie Somogyi's Scenes In The City and Bobby Wellins with the Kate Williams Trio.

You can book tickets and find out more on the Swanage Jazz Festival website at swanagejazz.org.

Sally Evans-Darby

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