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Schedule announced for Swanage Jazz Festival 2022 (July 8-10) – London Jazz News

The Swanage Jazz Festival team have announced their 2022 programme. This year’s festival will be centered around the Mowlem Theatre. The program will feature a very wide range of the British scene from several generations….


Friday July 8

From 2 p.m.: Afternoon Jazz Train with Chris Walker’s Pedigree Jazz Band

From 7 p.m.: The Salamanda Swing Band

The sound of Bluenote Play Herbie and Wayne

Jazz Films – coming soon

LR Jo Harrop, Alison Rayner, James Emmett, Alex Clarke, Nigel Price, Henry Lowther

Saturday July 9

from 10:30 a.m.: festival parade with Ragtime Revelers by James Emmett

From 12 p.m.

The Phillip Clouts Quartet

Chris Batchelor’s Pig’s Foot

Nigel Price’s Wes Montgomery revisited with Tony Kofi

The Alex Clarke Quartet

The Xhosa Cole Quartet

Charukesi by Martin Speake

South Africa and Beyond by Adam Glasser

Kate Westbrook and Granite

Alan Barnes Octet

The Electric People by Tom Waters

The Craig Milverton Trio – Tribute to Oscar Peterson

Greg Abate with the Craig Milverton Trio

Yazz Ahmed Quintet: Polymnia

Late Night DJ Session with JazzFM’s Nigel Williams

Traditional and mainstream program

From 12:15 p.m.

Ragtime Revelers by James Emmett

The Jazzmen of John Maddocks

Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends

Mike Denham’s Sunset Stompers

My Bessie and her blues troupe

LR Yazz Ahmed, Simon Spillett, Ma Bessie, Xhosa Cole, Mark Kavuma, Alan Barnes

Sunday July 10

From 11:30 a.m.

The Nicola Farnon Trio with David Newton

The Simon Spillett Quartet

Babelfish with Brigitte Beraha

Mark Kavuma and the Banger Factory

Hampstead Jazz Club presents: Jo Harrop and Jamie McCredie

Alison Rayner’s Quintet

The Nat Steele Quartet – Tribute to MJQ

Hampstead Jazz Club presents: Paul Edis: solo piano

The Art Themes New Directions Quintet

The Calm Waters of Henry Lowther

Eternal Triangle by Trevor Watts

Hampstead Jazz Club presents Jo Harrop – “The Heart Wants”

The Dreamers by Mark Lockheart

The Simon Spillett Big Band plays the music of Tubby Hayes

Traditional and mainstream program

From 11:30 a.m.

Prohibition Jazz by Tony Waller

Hotsy Totsy by Rachel Hayward

The TJ Johnson Group

The Meercats of Harlem

Little Devils Tribute to Keith Nichols

More Free Fringe Festival

at Swanage hotels and pubs – details to come

And free outdoor concerts

Here is the full text of today’s press release:

The return of the Swanage Jazz Festival

Friday 8 July – Sunday 10and July 2022

After a two-year absence due to Covid, the Swanage Jazz Festival returns in July with an impressive and varied line-up of 40 bands.

The Festival takes place from Friday 8 to Saturday 10and July and takes place in several indoor venues in the city. It features a mix of Swanage favorites including The Alan Barnes Octet, Nigel Price with his Wes Reimagined Project, Art Themen’s New Directions Quintet and American saxophonist Greg Abate, as well as new rising stars like Xhosa Cole, Alex Clarke Quartet, Mark Kavuma and Jo Harrop.

British-Bahrani trumpeter Yazz Ahmed and his quintet headline Saturday night while the Festival closes on Sunday with the Simon Spillett Big Band playing the exuberant charts of Tubby Hayes.

The festival features British jazz legends Henry Lowther with his band Still Waters, Trevor Watts’ Eternal Triangle and Mike and Kate Westbrook in Kate’s band Granite.

As always, the Swanage Jazz Festival features a traditional, mainstream program featuring Ma Bessie and her blues troupe, the TJ Johnson Band, The Harlem Meercats ending with The Little Devils’ Tribute to Keith Nichols who has played the Festival 14 times before his untimely death in 2021.

As well as top bandleaders, the festival will be packed with some of the best names in British jazz, appearing as sideman. Pianist Dave Newton accompanies both Alex Clarke and bassist and vocalist Nicola Farnon. Bassist Dave Green appears with Henry Lowther and also with Alex Clarke. Saxist Jason Yarde and guitarist Rob Luft perform with Adam Glasser’s South Africa and Beyond. Saxist Tony Kofi is with Nigel Price, Alex Dankworth is with Simon Spillett in quartet and big band. Drumming legend Clark Tracey is with Alan Barnes, Gareth Williams is with Art Themen and bassist Chris Laurence with Babelfish.

The Festival will also host a free Fringe Festival featuring local bands at several venues, including the Bandstand and the Grand Hotel, as well as Friday Night Jazz Films, which are free for Stroller ticket holders.

Other acts have yet to be booked and further announcements will be made.


CONNECTIONS: Reservations on the Swanage Jazz Festival website