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2016 line up: the Main Stage

We are delighted to announce the 2016 main stage line up. In addition to the main stage line up, we will shortly announce acts in the late night sessions, performances in our courtyard, and artists for our Elizabethan Great Hall.

Friday 1st July Evening

6.30 - 8.00 Mad Dog Jones and the Sophisticats- Martin 'Mad Dog' Jones entertains the audience with his charismatic character. Playing well loved jazz classics with an infectious enthusiasm the band will open the festival in style and have your toes tapping and fingers snapping.
8.30 - 10.00 Bugalu Foundation-Formed by conga player and bandleader Sam Bell, the Bugalu Foundation originated in the mid ’90s northern Latin soul scene prevalent in Leeds and Manchester, and has recently regenerated itself with some super talented young blood. 

Their style of boogaloo is heavily influenced by the music of Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri, and particularly the ’70s era of ‘Our Latin Thing’. Then, the musical traditions of New York’s east and west Harlem come together in an irresistible fusion of jazz, funk and soul with the beats of ‘El Barrio’ and the Hispanic traditions of Latin America. This nine piece powerhouse has more than a hint of Palmieri’s trombone rich ‘La Perfecta’, combined with the guitar fuelled Afro-Latin style of Joe Battaan.

Saturday 2nd July

12.30-2.00 Manjula-Manjula, meaning melodious, has been going from strength to strength since its birth in May 2014: exploring, innovating and bringing together rhythms and melodies from other cultures to create a beautiful mix and relationship of sounds from around the globe. This Leeds-based project is an example of modest, forward thinking global music, incorporating Portuguese, African and Latin jazz influences with the haunting ambience of Indian vocal training and the rhythmic attack of jazz improvisation.  
2.30 - 4.00 Pan Jumby-Calypso/jazz sounds from ace steel pannist Dudley Nesbitt with Richard Ormrod on sax and the Pan Jumby band: Sam Hobbs drums, Barclay McKay keyboards, Kenny Higgins bass. Dudley is an exceptional and unflagging advocate for the art and culture of the steel pan, and presents a blend of contemporary Trinidadian calypso, Brazilian samba and bossa nova, soul tunes, Caribbean jazz, rumba and cha cha. You can’t fail to be smiling and dancing to their infectious beat.  

4.30- 6.00                                  Blind Monk Trio-Blind Monk Trio have caused quite a stir during the past few years in the north west jazz scene, putting a fresh spin on the sax/bass/drums trio format. Drawing influences from the entire history of the genre (Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, FLY) blended with alternative rock and eastern folk, Blind Monk Trio present quirky original compositions along with some surprising arrangements of classic standards.

6.30 - 8.00                          

Elaine Delmar sings Porter and Gershwin-One of the great British jazz voices of all time, Elaine Delmar brings her acclaimed interpretations of two of the greatest songbooks of all time, Gershwin and Porter.
Accompanied by a stellar group of musicians, Elaine performs classic arrangements of George Gershwin and Cole Porter, as well as taking a fresh new look at some of the twentieth century's most iconic music. Favourites include numbers such as: S'Wonderful, Embraceable You, Begin the Begine, Night and Day, Summertime and I Get A Kick Out Of You. “Among the multitude of good jazz singers in Britain, there is not one who can surpass Elaine Delmar” Dave Gelly, Sunday Observer

8.30 - 10.00   

PP Arnold-Arriving in England as an Ikette with the Ike & Tina Revue, PP was spotted by Mick Jagger, who immediately convinced Andrew Loog Oldham to sign her to his ‘Immediate’ record label. Several huge hits followed, the best-known being 'The first cut is the deepest', ‘Angel of the morning’ and ‘If you think you’re groovy’. PP was one of the iconic faces of London's swinging ’60s..

Pat has collaborated, recorded, worked and toured alongside such luminaries as The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces, Jimi Hendrix, Rod Stewart, Barry Gibb, Eric Clapton, Humble Pie, Nick Drake, Roger Waters, Ocean Color Scene, Primal Scream, The Manfreds, and many more. Her session credits read like a Who's Who list that stretches across more than four decades of rock ’n roll and pop history.


Sunday 3rd July

11:00- 12.30 Matt Holborn-Matt Holborn is a London-based improvising violinist. In the gypsy jazz and swing circuit, Matt has appeared at many international venues and festivals such as Festival Django Reinhardt de Samois (France), Torino Jazz Festival (Italy), Pizza Express Jazz Club and Ronnie Scott’s (UK). Matt has performed with musicians such as Paulus Schaffer, Remi Harris, Kourosh Kanani, Giacomo Smith and Adrien Moignard.
Matt has also performed at the BRIT Awards afterparty, Buckingham Palace, The Royal Albert Hall and has appeared on BBC drama series 'Peaky Blinders'. ‘Matthew complements our relationship with some of the greatest gypsy jazz musicians in the world’ – David Porter, Hull Jazz Festival / J-Night

1:00- 2.30

Lindsay Hannon-Rooted in the improvisational traditions of jazz, this engaging band moves from raucous barrel house blues to thoughtful, spacious ballads across a variety of grooves, creating an electric atmosphere. ‘Lindsay Hannon has a wild musical spirit. Her singing is gutsy and bluesy with a heightened sense of drama.’ (Christine Tobin)
‘Vocalist Lindsay Hannon’s phrasing is second to none and this live recording is of exceptional quality…Hannon’s inventive, playful interpretation of a lyric places her in the top bracket of singers currently working the jazz club circuit’ - Bebop Spoken Here blog


Graeme Wilson-The Quartet is all about heartfelt improvisation on idiosyncratic tunes that stay with you. They infuse driving jazz and Latin rhythms or ambient swing with enthusiasm for folk and rock ballads, free jazz and the dance floor. The unusual meters and structures of their material house angular and passionate solos, with resonant melodies evoking a strong sense of place and time. Playing around Newcastle since 2012, the group’s appearances have included Sage Gateshead and Manchester Jazz Festival; their 2013 EP Pleasureland will be followed by a new CD in 2016. They enjoy a close communication from a long track record of playing together in other bands including ACV and Paul Edis Sextet: four creative improvisers exploring the possibilities and diversity of contemporary jazz.
‘As good as it gets’ – Bebop Spoken Here blog

5.00 - 6.00 Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band plus Simon Cunliffe-Lister  Saxophonist Ben and his musicians will take the audience on an exciting musical journey from the barrelhouses in the Delta, stepping into the smoky jazz and blues clubs of the 40s and 50s in Chicago, New York and Paris, up to the music halls and pioneering record studios. Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band celebrates a combination of the songs they love and their own original compositions with a youthful vigour and energy. Festival organiser and saxophonist Simon Cunliffe-Lister will play out the weekend with Ben and his band.

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