A blitz of quality live jazz is about to hit venues in Lincolnshire. From Friday 5th May through to Saturday 13th May the sounds of creative music will permeate Lincoln and other towns in the county when the Lincolnshire Jazz week gets underway.
Hot jazz, cool jazz, swinging jazz across a spectrum of styles performed by leading national and regional musicians will be showcased in venues ranging from small cafes to the splendour of Lincoln Cathedral.
This year’s, event generated by Jazzpac/NewJazz5 with support from the Arts Council, Lincoln Big, EMJAZZ promises to be bigger and better than ever – reaching out across the County from Lincoln, where the largest number of events will take place, to Grantham, Tealby, Kirton in Lindsey and Spalding.
The Bryan Corbett Quartet, led by the outstanding and original trumpet player will be at the the Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham on Thursday 11th May, playing reworked standards and some engaging originals.
On the same evening, the South Holland Centre, Spalding, sees The Andrew Wood Trio, led by drummer Andrew Wood with featuring UK saxophonist Tony Kofi.
Striking up the nine days of music on Friday 5th May will be saxophonist Jean Toussaint, a former member of one of the most famous ensembles in jazz, Arts Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, who will be playing with the LPAC House Band at the Zing Bar, LPAC, Lincoln University . Whilst over in the Wolds, popular Yorkshire vocalist Julie Edwards appears in Tealby with the Kevin Dearden Trio.
Saturday 6th May brings multi-award winning jazz singer and BBC Radio presenter Claire Martin OBE, to the LPAC Theatre at the University of Lincoln. Appearing over in Kirton in Lindsey, rising singing star Shannon Reilly supported by Pat McCarthy’s Trio and trumpeter Thom Whitworth.
There will be a change of gear on Sunday morning 7th May when The Chris Ingham Quartet accompany The Lincoln Cathedral Choir performing part of Will Todd’s ‘Jazz Missa Brevis’. Later, that evening, the same quartet will perform ‘The Jazz of Dudley Moore’ at Stokes Collection Cafe, Lincoln.
An amazingly energetic and talented group ‘Maniere des Bohemiens’ bring their improvised Django Rheinhardt / Stephane Grappelli gypsy to swing jazz to Cafe Portico on Tuesday 9th May.
Wednesday 10th May sees the Terry O’Toole Theatre hosting the Jazz Vehicle Youth Jazz Orchestra, fresh from a series of mentoring sessions led by saxophonist Dave O’Higgins who will be directing the band’s performance.
Two of the UK’s finest jazz musicians arrive in Lincoln on Friday 12th May. Saxophonist Alan Barnes joins the LPAC House Band at LPAC before he later re-appears in The Auditorium at The Collection joining pianist David Newton for a duo performance.
Back in 2000, a specially funded project headed by John Dankworth, brought together 9 bright young musical talents together in Lincoln for a week. Here they will be again, especially re-assembled to perform the final concert of this year’s Jazz Week at the Drill Hall – we are talking about The Dave O’Higgins Biggish Band.
Financial support comes from Arts Council England, Lincoln BIG, Cultural Destinations Fund and EMJazz, and the Jazz Week is managed by voluntary/not-for-profit promoter NewJazz5/Jazzpac.