Georgie Fame and Clare Teal at Marlborough

This year’s annual Marlborough Jazz Festival features Clare Teal, Georgie Fame and a host of new and established acts from home and abroad

Marlborough Jazz Festival in the market town of Marlborough, Wiltshire returns this summer from 18 to 20 July with over a hundred acts across 25 venues, including Georgie Fame (pictured), Clare Teal and the Darius Brubeck Quartet.

As well as artists who have performed at the festival regularly over its 24-year history such as Big Man Clayton and Chris Jagger, this year’s programme features plenty of new names, with the Bratislava Hot Serenaders, the Budapest Ragtime Band and vocalist AJ Brown, who Clare Teal has heralded as “a shiny new star - great voice, great guy”, all making their debut appearance at the festival. “We like having bands that we know really get people moving, but we also pride ourselves on discovering new acts”, says Nick Fogg, the festival organiser.

The festival launches on Friday 18 July with the Alan Skidmore Quartet featuring Georgie Fame, followed by an extensive number of acts including Steve “Big Man” Clayton and the 44s, Simon Spillett’s Standard Miles set, the Indigo Kings, Sarah Gillespie with her tribute to Bessie Smith, and the Joanna Eden Trio with Steve Waterman.

The second day (Saturday 19 July) includes performers such as the Bratislava Hot Serenaders, AJ Brown and his Signature Showband, the Darius Brubeck Quartet, Chris Jagger and the Atcha Band, Ibou Tall and the Jazzmates, Zoe Schwarz’s Blue Commotion, the Eduardo Niebla Trio, and the Budapest Ragtime Band, with the festival closed on Sunday 20 July by Clare Teal and her Mini Big Band.

The plethora of performers will play across the town at a range of venues including the Town Hall, churches, bandstands, pubs, hotels, restaurants and even the local fire station.

Tickets are now available online at which also has comprehensive programme details.

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo of Georgie Fame by Brian O’Connor

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