Nigel Kennedy headlines Scarborough

This year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival sees Nigel Kennedy paired with John Etheridge, alongside 15 other acts including Alan Barnes, Clark Tracey, Anita Wardell, Dennis Rollins and Gwilym Simcock

Violinist Nigel Kennedy and guitarist John Etheridge (pictured) lead the line-up for this year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival, which takes place in the North Yorkshire town from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 September.

Kennedy, said to be the best-selling violinist of all time, concentrated on classical music early in his career but in recent years has increasingly turned his attention to jazz. Of securing Kennedy and Etheridge for Scarborough, festival director Mike Gordon said: “We are over the moon to have such an outstanding international star appearing at our festival … and to have him playing with another world-class musician, John Etheridge, is very exciting.”

The three-day festival at Scarborough Spa also features 15 other acts that mix established names with newer ones, as follows: Anita Wardell sings Johnny Mandel with the Alan Barnes Septet; Clark Tracey Quartet; Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio; Andrea Vicari and Jazz Extemporé; Robert Fowler's tribute to the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band; Gwilym Simcock; Henry Lowther & The Green Party; 'The Little Radio' - Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen; Ollie Howell Quintet; Paradox Ensemble; Theo Jackson & Nathaniel Facey; Time Zone; Sarah Moule Quartet; and Jim Birkett Trio in the bar with guests.

The festival is compèred by Alan Barnes and also features the usual supplementary fringe events.

Earlybird tickets for the three days are priced at £77 (rising to £94 after 1 June) and can be booked via The Spa Box Office on 01723 821888 or at

Sally Evans-Darby

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