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Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival 2017 line up

We are delighted to announce the 2017 line up. Twenty seven performances, across four different stages. Acts include jazz vocalist Claire Martin OBE, saxophone legend Ray Gelato, Northern Ireland blues star Kaz Hawkins, and Mississippi native Lisa Mills

A celebration of St Lucia
To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we're welcoming very special guests from the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Festival goers will enjoy the best of Saint Lucian jazz talent, with the island's famous rum cocktails and Caribbean cuisine.

Following auditions in Saint Lucia, we're delighted to showcase artists including:
Dynamix - Vibrant young sax-led quartet
Claudia Edward - Caribbean gem and St Lucian household name
Rupert Lay Quartet - Steel pans add the quintessential Caribbean edge to Ruper Lay's jazz guitar trio 
Chrycee - Soulful singer-songwriter with distinctive style
The St Lucian artists will perform throughout the weekend.

Friday 30th June Evening

6.30pm - 8.00pm

The Pat McCarthy Quartet featuring Shannon Riley - With Thom Whitworth on trumpet and guitar, Warren Jolly on bass and Shannon Riley singing, the Pat McCarthy Quartet presents a warm and melodic repertoire of standards and original songs in a modern vein. These incredibly talented and engaging musicians perform the very best of jazz and swing, from 1930's classics to the new generation of modern jazz hits.

'World class', Humphrey Lyttelton

8.30pm - 10.00pm
Portmanteau - This horn heavy funk and soul outfit from Leeds has been trailblazing their sounds throughout the nation and beyond. Bringing together some of the UK's finest home-grown musicians, the nine-piece creates highly danceable funk, soul and hip-hop. Dynamic vocals, infectious beats, a tight and powerful horn section and an in-the-pocket rhythm section all add up to a sparkling show.
 Late night sessions Following hot on the heels of Friday's main stage acts, the party continues in the bar tent. In association with Strada music.
 10.00pm - 11.00pm
Stillhouse -  Progressive acoustic music at its finest, Stillhouse are a mandolin, guitar, double bass and vocal trio ensemble, presenting beautifully crafted original songs and meticulously arranged instrumental material with roots in bluegrass, jazz and folk.

'Wonderful musicianship and superbly well-arranged material; Stillhouse completely captivate their audience from the first note they play. This trio is one to watch.' Leila Cooper, Moonbeams Festival Director
 11.00pm - midnight
Half Deaf Clatch, slide stomp blues machine, and 11-time British Blues Award finalist.

'a growl that makes Chris Rea sound like one of the Chipmunks and slide guitar skills that would make Ry Cooder green with envy, Half Deaf Clatch is as old school as you can get...this Hull Bluesman delivers a selection of raw, hypnotic tracks that mark him out as a natural' The Blues Mag

Saturday 1st July

 11:30am - 12:30am Claudia Edward - Caribbean gem and St Lucian household name. Further afield Claudia has a big fan base in Asia, where she tours each year. She has headlined the Hainan International Jazz Festival and the Jazz & Creole Festival in Dominica. Claudia was selected as a singer to represent the Caribbean at the London 2012 Olympics. Claudia is performing with her band 'Naked Chords'.

'Claudia has got it all' YO Magazine
'Multitalented, soulful and vivacious' Dazzle Magazine
 12:45pm - 1:45pm Chrycee - Soulful, passionate and unique, singer-songwriter Chrycee is undeniably mesmeric. Born in Saint Lucia in 1985, Chrycee grew up with a DJ father, sang solo in church, performed in talent shows, and rapidly progressed to opening for music icons Keyshia Cole and Earth Wind and Fire at the 2014 Tobago Jazz Experience.
2:00pm - 3:00pm Firebird Quartet - This sophisticated quartet performs original compositions with energy and driving grooves, and music from great contemporary jazz composers. Underpinned by solid, pure swing, it's rooted in the melodic jazz of the '60s and '70s and that of the present day. This quartet delivers sophistication for jazz aficionados, with a sense of groove that any audience will enjoy.
 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Dynamix - Vibrant young sax-led quartet. This talented group, from the Saint Lucia School of Music formed in 2013 when the members were between 14 and 17 years old. They impress well beyond their years, with Saint Lucian compositions and fresh Caribbean infused takes on well known jazz standards.
4:30pm - 6:00pm

New York Brass Band - Hailing from the ancient streets of York, NYBB are North Yorkshire's only contemporary New Orleans inspired brass band and have played all over Europe. A powerful team of Yorkshire's finest musicians forms an arsenal of percussion, sax, trumpets, trombones, and sousaphone with a varied repertoire of styles from jazz to pop, reggae, to funk and New Orleans to ska. The band blurs the line between performers and audience by inviting the crowd to become part of the show. NYBB packs a potent punch and will really get the party started.

'Forget Springsteen, you're my new favourite band' Danny Jones, McBusted

'Great sound' Liam Gallagher

6.30pm - 8.00pm

Claire Martin OBE & Ray Gelato: 'A Swingin' Affair' - Join internationally renowned vocalist and BBC Radio presenter Claire Martin OBE, and legendary saxophonist and singer Ray Gelato, for their first show together: 'A Swingin' Affair'. Celebrating the release of their album 'We've Got a World That Swings' - described by The Observer as 'jazz artistry' - these much celebrated and respected aritsts take to the stage to explore the Great American Songbook. Alongside a world-class trio of musicians, Claire and Ray revisit classics such as 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off', 'They Can't Take That Away from Me', 'They all Laughed' and 'Can't We Be Friends'. If you like your music sassy, sharp and swinging, this is the show for you. A swingin' affair indeed.

'Hugely entertaining and beautifully performed' The Observer

'Strikes all the right notes, played and sung with real joie de vivre' Jazzwise

'She ranks amongst the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet' Jazz Times USA

'Not for nothing is Gelato known as 'The Godfather of Swing'' The Telegraph

8.30pm - 10.00pm

Kaz Hawkins - Northern Ireland's very own blues and soul darling, multi-award winning Kaz Hawkins has been compared to Etta James and Janis Joplin. Kaz, already a hugely popular blues artists in the UK and Ireland, is now wooing blues fans all over the world with her powerful, deep, soulful voice and superb original song writing. Her high-energy shows, 1950s stile swing dress-meets-Dr Marten's look and ability to connect closely with her audience combine to create a unique performance that's not to be missed. Kaz's recent haul of accolades includes Best Studio Album (Blues Matters 2015), Best Emerging Artist (British Blues Awards 2015) and Best Female Vocalist (Pure M Awards), Best Music Video (Pure M Awards 2016) and a nomination for the UK Blues Challenge 2016. No mean feat!

'...terrific vocal performance' Paul Jones BBC Radio 2

 Late night sessions  Join the afterparty in the bar tent! In association with Strada music agency
 10.00pm-11.00pm  Jessica Lawson and Phil Simpson - Jessica sings and accompanies herself on autoharp and acoustic guitar. Her original songs reflect a background in folk music and a love of Americana as she sings stories about the seas, love, loss, war, and a few 'fallen' women. Jessica will be accompanied by singer-songwriter Phil Simpson on guitar, vocals and melodeon.

Jessica Lawson - facebook link
11.00pm - Midnight
The Alligators - Festival favourites, The Alligators, will round off Saturday night with their high-octane brand of 'no holds barred', old school rhythm and blues.

The Alligators - myspace link

Sunday 2nd July

 11:15am - 12:45pm

Rupert Lay Quartet - steel pans, archtop guitar, double bass, and drums. This talented group incorporate bebop, Caribbean/Latin jazz, groove soul and indigenous music into theirs sets. They have performed internationally at festivals including the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, Barbados Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Martinique Music Festival, and Toronto Jazz Festival. We look forward to adding the Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival to their impressive list.
1:00pm - 2:30pm Lisa Mills - A Mississippi native, Lisa is one of the greatest singers you'll ever hear, and she's no mean guitar slinger either! With blues, country, gospel and soul influences (and adding the occasional dollop of jazz inflection), Mills takes the best of each genre in self-penned pieces and carefully chosen covers, and transforms them utterly.

Lisa Mills takes her audiences on a musical, often humorous, emotional journey with charm and panache. Like the best performing artists, she draws from deeply personal aspects of her life and makes them a memorable part of yours. In short, once heard, she's impossible to forget.

'A singer and songwriter of the firs rank, uncompromising in the vision and concept of her art.' David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine

'You should all check her out, she has a wonderful voice.' Robert Plant, singer
3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Jamie Brownfield Quartet - Equally adept at mainstream, modern and traditional styles, this fresh, exciting quartet embraces New Orleans street beat, swing and reggae. With British Jazz Awards rising star Jamie on trumpet, Tom Kincaid on piano, Ken Marley on double bass and Jack Cotterill on drums, JBQ has a vast experience in different styles of music. The band members have played all over the world with such notables as Bruce Admas, Shakin' Stevens, Scott Hamilton, Alan Barnes and Digby Fairweather, and are heavily influenced by the likes of Harry Connick Jr, Leroy Jones and Oscar Peterson. From the original New Orleans Street Beat tunes such as 'The Happy Feet Blues', through to their own compositions, you can hear the roots of the music they love.
 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band plus Simon Cunliffe-Lister - Saxophonist and pianist Ben Beattie's compositions bring together an intriguing mix of atmospheric jazz, blue grooves and soulful ballads. Ben and his musicians take the audience on an exciting musical journey, from Delta barrelhouses to smoky jazz and blues clubs of '40s and '50s Chicago, New York and Paris, up to the music halls and pioneering record studios. All the while, they inject a youthful vigour that creates a resounding and individual musical personality. Festival organiser and saxophonist Simon Cunlffe-Lister joins Ben to play out the weekend.

BenBeattieAfterMidnight-Facebook link
Great Hall Saturday Initimate sets, in the unique setting of our Elizabethan Great Hall
 11:00am - 12:45pm Rev Ray Trio, Jenny Bray and Jazz Students - The stars of tomorrow perform today. Prepare to have your heart warmed, as students from five to eighty five entertain and amaze.
 1:00pm - 2:00pm Ben Beattie - Saxophonist Ben Beattie dazzles, sometimes with band, sometimes solo at the piano, always engaging and absorbing.
 2:15pm - 3:15pm Rupert Lay Quartet - Steel pans accompany jazz guitar maestro Rupert Lay and his trio. Could this be a first for jazz steel pans in an Elizabethan Great Hall? See listings above for more info on Rupert Lay and his quartet.
 3:30pm - 4:30pm The Lemon Monkeys - Jazz guitar duo. London musicians Carlos Olmos (of Bolivian origins) and Matt Smith. Regular festival favourites returning to celebrate our tenth anniversary.
 4:45pm - 5:45pm Stillhouse - Mandolin, guitar, double bass and vocal trio ensemble, presenting beautifully crafted original songs and meticulously arranged instrumental material with roots in bluegrass, jazz and folk.See listings above for more info on this band.
Great Hall Sunday  
 11:15am - 12:15pm Burton Agnes Jazz Fest House Band - A tribute to Eva Cassidy. Simon Cunliffe-Lister (of Burton Agnes Hall), Kate Sweeting (of BBC Look North reporting), Michael Nagasaka (of BBC filming) are joined this year for the first time by Kate's mum, Deb.
 12:30pm - 1:30pm Claudia Edward - Caribbean gem and St Lucian household name, performing with a smaller more intimate break out of her main band. See listings above for more info on Claudia.
 1:45pm - 2:45pm Dynamix - Vibrant young sax-led quartet. See listings above for more info on Dynamix.
 3:00pm - 3:30pm Chrycee - Soulful singer-songwriter with distinctive style, performing with guest members of the Dynamix band. See listings above for more info on Chrycee.
 3:45pm - 4:45pm Jessica Lawson and Phil Simpson - Jessica sings and accompanies herself on autoharp and acoustic guitar. Dueting with vocalist and acoustic guitarist Phil Simpson. See listings above for more info on this band.
 Courtyard open stage  
 Saturday and Sunday Open mic performances in our shops and cafe courtyard from musicians off the main stage, the Great Hall, and other guests and surprise appearances.

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