The piano’s hot for all that jazz…
So too is the trumpet, sax, bass, drums… for Swansea International Jazz Festival is back! And with a great line-up of UK and international talent with a programme that truly brings something for everyone.
The festival, now in its fourth year, runs from Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 June 2017 at venues throughout Swansea.
Headlining Saturday and already sold out is soul, gospel, and R&B legend, Ruby Turner – truly the genuine article. Also sold out and headlining Sunday, bring the sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire to Swansea are All Fired Up, featuring the musicians from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing Band.
Selling fast is Friday’s headline act, Joe Stilgoe, an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter. Joe’s Songs on Film pays tribute to much-loved movies, as self-confessed film buff Joe raids his own collection and adds his own original and stylish orchestrations to some of the most memorable moments in cinematic history.
From Hollywood’s golden age, to the classic films of the 80’s, to the work of Tarantino, Tati, Paramount and Pixar, Joe and his remarkable band perform songs written for and inspired by some of the greatest films of the last century.
The festival kicks off on Thursday evening (15 June) with Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, now widely acclaimed as one of the U.K’s top big bands.
On Friday the festival welcomes Stan Tracey legacy Octet to celebrate the British jazz pianist and composer, influenced by Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. It’s quite fitting they should be playing the Dylan Thomas Centre given that Stan took British jazz to new heights with Under Milk Wood.
Saturday afternoon sees the Oikos Trio perform Namely Jazz, scintillating arrangements of eponymous tunes played by three stalwarts of the international jazz scene.
Next up it’s The Tony O’Malley Band, Tony’s distinctive vocals and funky piano playing have always been key to the sound of UK Soul Pioneers, Kokomo.
Then there’s Fraser & The Alibis featuring Joe Webb, who channel the hippest in Blues, Bop and Boogaloo, playing fiery, fresh jazz from a foundation deeply entrenched in the roots of the genre.
Finally, before Ruby takes centre stage the festival welcomes The Skelton / Skinner Best of British Septet, featuring a stellar line up of Matt Skelton, Colin Skinner, Alan Barnes, Mike Lovatt, Gordon Campbell, Rob Barron, and Jeremy Brown.
The Power of Gower Festival Big Band get the music started on Sunday with exciting big band scores.
Followed by The Remi Harris Trio. Remi is an exciting young guitarist from the UK whose unique style draws inspiration from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Heavy Metal, Electronic and World Music.
The Liane Carroll Trio continue the sound of great music into late afternoon. Liane has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years.
Next up, before the part gets All Fired Up!, the Chris Ingham Quartet perform The Jazz of Dudley Moore. It may be that the most interesting thing about Dudley Moore’s reputation is how undervalued he is as a jazzman and composer.
If that’s not enough great music for you, then check out the many Festival Fringe events and workshops.
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