Liverpool Jazz Festival returns

The Liverpool Jazz Festival in February 2014 features Jason Rebello, The Impossible Gentlemen and Get The Blessing

The second international jazz festival in the UK’s cultural capital takes place early next year, with confirmed names including pianist Jason Rebello (pictured), the so-called Anglo-American "supergroup" The Impossible Gentlemen and jazz-rock quartet Get The Blessing.

Running from 27 February to 2 March 2014, the festival will build on last year’s debut by adding four new acts to their roster: local band The Weave, pianist/composer Jamil Sheriff, experimental quintet ACV and contemporary sax quartet HSQ.

British pianist Jason Rebello opens the festival on Thursday 27 February. With a career beginning in 1990 with the release of his debut album, A Clearer View, produced by Wayne Shorter, Rebello has played with various famous names over the years including Sting, Jeff Beck and Madeleine Peyroux.

Following Rebello’s set on Friday 28 February will be the Anglo-American quartet The Impossible Gentlemen, featuring Gwilym Simcock on piano. They will perform tracks from their new album, Internationally Recognised Aliens, described as "destined for year-end best-of lists" by Jazz-rock quartet and winners of the BBC Jazz Award 2008 Get The Blessing will close the festival on Sunday 2 March.

Other highlights of the festival include quintet Unfurl led by violinist Olivia Moore (1 March), Anglo-German six-piece Blue Touch Paper (1 March) and the Stuart McCallum Trio with Real Strings (2 March). There will also be workshops and other concerts to be announced over the coming months.

All performances take place at The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool’s international arts venue at Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus. Festival weekend passes are £70, or £60 if you book before the end of December 2013, and can be purchased at Alternatively, individual event tickets can be purchased from the TicketQuarter, by calling the box office on 0844 8000 410, or in person at MerseyTravel Centre, Queen Square, Liverpool L1 1RG.

Sally Evans-Darby

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