Date(s) - 15/06/2017 - 18/06/2017
Various Venues, Swansea
Swansea International Jazz Festival returns for the 4th year this summer with over 50 events taking place at 15 venues in the Maritime Quarter.
The Dylan Thomas Theatre and the Dylan Thomas Centre will host the ticketed concerts with a diverse programme of jazz along with workshops, South Wales Schools Big Band workshop and concert and free events all around the Maritime Quarter.
Last year’s events created the biggest jazz festival in Wales with record crowds attending and it is anticipated this year’s event will be the biggest yet.
Festival creative director Dave Cottle, who also organises the weekly jazz at Swansea Jazzland every Wednesday, says, “We are putting together a strong and diverse programme for 2017.
“We have the musicians from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing series bringing their 14 piece band ‘All Fired Up’ which plays the music of Earth Wind and Fire which will be their first performance outside London. Ruby Turner, fresh from touring with Jools Holland will be making an appearance with her own band along with Joe Stilgoe presenting Songs from Films.
“To mark the occasion of the 90th Birthday of legendary Jazz pianist Stan Tracey, his son Clark presents the Stan Tracey Legacy Octet and another pianist is Chris Ingham who will be presenting his jazz quartet featuring the jazz of Dudley Moore.
“Skelton/Skinner Septet, with musicians from the BBC Big Band and the John Wilson Orchestra, will be presenting the best of British jazz. Big Band fans are well catered for with the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, plus the Festival Big Band “The Power of Gower” featuring a mixture of local musicians alongside festival headline performers. We also have the Statoil Big Band from Norway. Plus workshops and masterclasses including one from rising guitar star Remi Harris.”
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