Led by steel-pannist Dudley Nesbitt, Panjumby are an uplifting five-piece with a repertoire of modern Jazz combined with the contemporary Calypso of Trinidad and Jamaica. This high-energy group of engaging performers is a perfect festival opener, sure to raise a smile and even perhaps the roof!
FRIDAY 23 JUNE 8.30pm
We stay firmly routed in celebratory world rhythms as Heads South combine Cuban and and Latin rhythms with distinctive melodies, resulting in a thrilling repertoire of original and classic tunes. This latin jazz quintet features trumpeter Steve Waterman, John Harriman on piano/organ, Venezuelan bassist Adolfredo Pulido, Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan on congas, bongos, cajon, guiro, and Buster Birch on drums, timbale, castanets, frame drum. Heads South have released two albums to critical acclaim and were selected from more than 75 bands nationwide as winner of the UK Jazz Services/National Touring Forum award.
We change direction and turn down the lights for British saxophonist and composer Denys Baptiste – one of the most celebrated and important jazz musicians in the UK today – as he presents his new album, The Late Trane, a re-imagining of the late period music of John Coltrane.
This work balances Baptiste’s unique artistic vision with the emotion and cosmic references of Coltrane’s later work: surely some of the most spiritually charged music of the 20th century. The Late Trane is a reverent acknowledgement of this remarkable man and his music, by an artist with his own voice and his own sense of destiny.
£2 entry. (Free to ticketholders).
Enjoy the music of our region’s emerging young players. NELJO have made great progress since they were formed in September 2015 under the leadership of renowned trumpet player Steve Walker, ably assisted by Kevin Rogers.
North East Lincolnshire Jazz Orchestra
SATURDAY 24 JUNE 1pm
The Pat McCarthy Quartet
Enjoy the very best of jazz and swing from incredibly talented musicians which the region is proud to call their own. With a varied repertoire ranging from 1930s’ classics to the new generation of modern jazz hits, this popular outfit features Pat McCarthy on guitar, Warren Jolly on double-bass, Thom Whitworth on trumpet and the faultless Shannon Reilly on vocals. Together they seamlessly interweave effortless musical delivery with witty anecdotes, providing a perfect way to relax and enjoy an afternoon of the coolest standards and all that jazz.
JPQ are a group of young musicians dedicated to producing contemporary music of many genres and textures. Displaying influences of jazz and a clear understanding of what is both modern and traditional, JPQ is a unique group led by Canadian trumpeter and debuting vocalist Jay Phelps – who is at the forefront of a new generation of creativity in jazz. This show will feature material from Phelps’ highly anticipated brand-new second album, Free as the Birds. www.jayphelpsmusic.net
Jay Phelps Quartet
SATURDAY 24 JUNE 4.30pm
The Zoe Gilby Quartet
Zoë Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter, making a strong impression on the music scene today. Her compelling original compositions are written with double bassist husband Andy Champion and her stockpile of music reaches a wide range of more contemporary material from composers such as Pink Floyd to Kate Bush, with influences from Sheila Jordan and Joni Mitchell.
The Zoe Gilby Quartet presents an early evening show especially for children and families. This jazztastic night out will see leading UK musicians perform recognisable tunes as well as catchy originals and there will be lots of opportunity for interaction and participation.
Family ticket admits up to 2 adults and 2 children £18. Single tickets £5.
SATURDAY 24 JUNE 7.30PM-MIDNIGHT
The Steve Walker Big Swing Band
Spectacular sounds – Miller to Motown! A fantastic evening awaits, hosted by Cleethorpes Rotary. Tickets £17.50 – call Beachcomber 01472 812666 to book. Hog roast available
SUNDAY 25 JUNE 12.30pm
Sam Baker & Friends
Grimsby’s Sam Baker, now a Leeds College of Music student brings a group of talented contemporaries together to perform standards for your enjoyment.
SUNDAY 25 JUNE 1.30pm
We welcome Maja Bugge, a Norwegian cellist and composer based in Lancaster and coming to Cleethorpes for the first time. Maja performs music inspired by the simultaneously beautiful and brutal landscapes of the north of Norway, where she was born and brought up. Her unique sound – as evidenced on her CD Shelter (Euredice, 2012) – explores stillness and repetition, harmony and dissonance. Her music balances melody and rhythm with external ambience, acoustics and atmosphere.
Northern-based contemporary jazz band, Firebird Quartet first seen by The Culture House at Manchester Jazz Festival as part of Jazz North’s Northern Line showcase, perform energetic and driving grooves, as well as music from contemporary jazz greats.
Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene. A vibrant and highly individual pianist/composer, her style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste. Known for her powerful technique, wide-ranging imagination and exuberant performance, she has become a highly sought-after musician, working most recently with the likes of George Mraz, Courtney Pine and Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra. www.zoerahman.com
SUNDAY 25 JUNE 6pm
Award-winning vocalist/lyricist Mancio presents jazz and latin standards alongside originals co-written with double Grammy-winning pianist/composer, Alan Broadbent, from their new release Songbook. Georgia’s credits include Bobby McFerrin, Jason Rebello, Bobby Wellins and a lyric approved by Pat Metheny. Also featuring Kate Williams on piano, Oli Hayhurst on double bass and Dave Ohm on drums.
“Mancio has everything covered – technical mastery, expressive range and a remarkable versatility”
Alan Barnes and David Newton have been playing jazz together for nearly 40 years.
These multiple award winners cover a vast repertoire from Louis Armstrong to Chick Corea and play with an empathy and almost telepathic sympathy that can only come with experience. David is one of the greatest jazz pianists this country has ever produced and Alan never fails to impress on multi reed instruments – all the saxes, clarinet and bass clarinet.
The emphasis, as always, is on swinging, accessibility and interplay. Expect a hugely entertaining programme of straight ahead jazz flawlessly played and interspersed with lots of anecdotes and peppered with humour.
Also featuring inimitable UK bass player Dave Green together with highly reputed drummer Matt Skelton.