Swansea plays jazz

The Swansea International Jazz Festival launches in style with shows from Jeff Lorber's US quartet and a bill ranging from Jim Mullen to Clark Tracey

Swansea International Jazz Festival makes its debut this year with a distinctly jazz-oriented programme, 20-22 June.

Initiated and promoted by Swansea’s Jazzland club via festival director Dave Cottle (brother to bassist Laurence and keyboard player Richard) the festival offers around 50 performances ranging from the quartet of American headliner Jeff Lorber (pictured right by Greg Allen) to British saxophonist Simon Spillett.

The 21 ticketed concerts take place in the revitalised Swansea Maritime Quarter. There will also be 30 free-entry performances, including jazz workshops and lectures, at various venues.

Highlights of the programme include Jeff Lorber (with Jimmy Haslip, Eric Marienthal and Sonny Emory), Shakatak, Mornington Lockett, Claire Martin, Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, Pete Allen Jazz Band, Nigel Hitchcock, Dick Pearce, Remi Harris, Protect The Beat, Steve Melling, Martin Shaw (pictured below by Brian Payne), Clark Tracey and Simon Spillett.

Full details of the festival are available at sijf.co.uk or from 07900 314245. The festival patron is local boy Karl Jenkins (now Dr.) of Soft Machine fame (and reputedly the most performed living composer in the world).

Mark Gilbert

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