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Scarborough Jazz Festival

  • 20-09-2019 to 22-09-2019
  • 19:00
  • scarborough spa, yorkshire
  • Music & Dance
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The 17th Scarborough Jazz Festival will take place between 20-22 September 2019 at Scarborough Spa. 

Yet again we have another 3 exciting days of jazz for you to enjoy and there’s 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 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 (60 years ago!) 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.   

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.

The festival takes place over the weekend of 20 – 22 September 2019, all under one roof in Scarborough Spa’s Grand Hall.


The Line Up Is:

Friday 20 September 


Wild Card

John Law’s Re-Creations

Freddie Gavita Quartet

Liane Carroll

Alan Barnes + 11


Saturday 21 September 

Sam Rapley’s ‘Fabled’

Kate Peters Big Band

Tony Kofi & The Organisation

Clark Tracey Quintet

Dave Newton

Jeremy Sassoon’s ‘Ray Charles Project’


Sunday 22 September 

Bonsai (Formally Jam Experiment)

Alec Dankworth’s Spanish Accents

New Jazz Extempore


Jiim Mullen’s ‘Volunteers’


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