New south coast jazz festival

A new jazz festival joins the roster this month at Shoreham-by-Sea on the south coast, hosted by Claire Martin and Julian Nichols

The first ever South Coast Jazz Festival at Shoreham-by-Sea will be held from 23 to 25 January, organised by vocalist Claire Martin OBE and saxophonist Julian Nichols.

The three-day festival at Ropetackle Arts Centre will aim to celebrate the best of jazz from the south coast of England, both new and established, with headliners including Liane Carroll, Joe Stilgoe and Bobby Wellins (pictured). There will also be jazz improvisation workshops for both adults and children and a photography exhibition.

Opening night on Friday 25 January is a celebration of vocal jazz, with Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw’s ‘Sings Joni Mitchell’, Joe Stilgoe and the Lewes Old Grammar School Vox Choir all performing. This will be followed on Saturday afternoon by ‘Jazz For Absolute Beginners’, a workshop led by broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre who will share his love of jazz.

On Saturday evening Bobby Wellins performs with Geoff Simkins and the Gareth Williams Trio, followed by Mark Edwards’ ‘Cloggz’ featuring Julian Nicholas and Ben Sarfas. Sunday’s programme includes Peter Long’s Echoes Of Ellington Orchestra and The Mingus Underground Octet featuring Mark Bassey, and will also feature a screening of film-maker Gary Barber’s new documentary Dreams Are Free charting the life and work of Bobby Wellins, where Barber and Wellins will both be present for a Q&A.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo by Andy Cleyndert

Your Comments:

Posted by ANN DALE, 10 March 2016, 21:12 (1 of 1)

So sad to hear about Bobby Wellins stroke. I do hope he is making a good recovery. Happy memories of Glamorgan Summer School and numerous gigs. Such a great sound. Get well soon Bobby.
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