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Scarborough Jazz Festival announces 2019 line-up.

Monday, February 11, 2019

We have received the following press release;


This year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival line up has been revealed.

This year’s festival takes place at Scarborough Spa over the weekend of 20-22 September 2019 and there’s going to be a tremendous finale to each evening.

There are lots of new performers amongst the line-up, however one constant face since the festival started in 2003 has been the compere and multi award-winning reeds player Alan Barnes.
Alan has performed at every Scarborough Jazz Festival and will be celebrating his 60th birthday this year by bringing together twelve amazing UK musicians.
He has commissioned world class trombonist Mark Nightingale to write 13 charts for the 12 piece big band of tunes written in 1959 by, for example, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Horace Silver and Duke Ellington. That should bring Friday to a stirring climax.

Saturday night’s finale should get everyone on their feet.  Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project – Jeremy sings and plays piano – has seventeen instrumentalists and singers, a great spectacle on the Grand Hall stage.
Ian Darrington, Director of Wigan Jazz Festival, recently commented “The show by Jeremy Sassoon and his band at this year’s festival did everything that we hoped for and much more. The pace of the performance was perfect, every tune was superbly performed thrilling the packed audience and there was a real buzz about the place”

Sunday night sees what promises to be a perfect finish to the festival.  Legendary ‘musician’s musician’ guitarist Jim Mullen has brought together the ‘Volunteers’: an All Star nine piece band who play jazz with hints of blues, soul, funk and rock.
Jim has played and recorded with, among others, Mose Allison, Claire Martin, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dave O’Higgins and Georgie Fame,  He is warmly remembered as joint leader, with tenor saxophone player Dick Morrissey, of the British jazz funk band Morrissey–Mullen.

The line-up, with more to come is:

Alan Barnes + 11

Alec Dankworth’s ‘Spanish Accents

Clark Tracey Quintet

Dave Newton

Freddie Gavita Quartet

Jam Experiment


Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project

Jim Mullen’s Volunteers

John Law Quartet

Kate Peters’ Big Band

Liane Carroll

New Jazz Extempore


Sam Rapley’s Fabled

Tony Kofi Quartet.

Director of Scarborough Jazz Festival, Mike Gordon said:  “Yet again over 98% of the 2018 Scarborough Jazz Festival audience evaluations rated the festival as excellent or very good. This comes after winning Best Festival at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2017 and we hope this year’s event reaches another high”.

Earlybird Weekend Tickets are now on sale, priced at just £90 until 31 March 2019.

Tickets can be purchased via Scarborough Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 and the Jazz Festival website: 

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2019
20-22 September 2019

The Grand Hall, Scarborough Spa

Earlybird Weekend Tickets: £90 (Available until Sunday 31 March 2019)

Student Weekend Ticket: £45

Day Tickets: £50, £21 (Student)- Artist performance days to be announced shortly.

Session tickets will go on sale on 1 July (Subject to availability)

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