Preview: Swanage Jazz Festival

Swanage Jazz Festival announces its 2015 programme for the weekend of 10-12 July, featuring over 50 acts from the "classic" to "modern" ends of the jazz spectrum

Swanage Jazz Festival, established in 1990, returns for the 26th time in July. The weekend-long event on Dorset's Jurassic Coast will see performances by over 50 acts from what artistic director Fred Lindop refers to as "modern" and "classic" jazz styles.

The weekend's performers are divided almost equally between modern and classic jazz acts. The festival is proud of its stylistic range, from "New Orleans to contemporary fusions" as Lindop puts it. He also emphasises the appearance of several young, up-and-coming, musicians.

The festival's modern jazz concerts include performances from the Stan Tracey Dynasty Octet, led by Clark Tracey, Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble, Phil Robson's Organ Trio and Georgia Mancio (pictured). The classic jazz programme is headlined by Keith Nichols' Blue Devils. It also features the Hot Jazz Alliance, the Pedigree Jazz Band and Martin Litton's Red Hot Peppers, among others. The young up-and-comers include saxophonist Rachel Cohen, trumpeter Henry Armburg-Jennings and drummer JJ Wheeler. Alan Barnes makes his 25th appearance at the festival, with his Reed Breed: he is also the festival president, following the decision by long-standing president Roger Horton to step down.

Concerts will take place in four major venues, including two marquees. Free concerts in local pubs and open-air venues feature on each of the three days and will give visitors a chance to hear young jazz bands from local schools and colleges.

The full line-up and timetable can be found at the festival website. Weekend and day tickets are also available from the website. The festival office is happy to answer queries regarding the event: telephone 01929 422215.

Text and photo by Bruce Lindsay


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