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Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival 2021

Details of the 2021 lineup for the weekend of Friday 9th to Sunday 11th July 2021 will be announced soon.

Here are details of the fabulous 2019 line up.

2019 line up

King for a Day: The Nat King Cole Story

Saturday 13th July, 6:30pm to 8pm, main stage

Celebrating the centenary of of the birth of one of the greatest vocalists and entertainers of the twentieth century: Nat King Cole.

Acclaimed vocalist, Atila, and a world-class group of musicians, have performed sell out shows at London's Hippodrome and Ronnie Scott's. They take a fresh look at the life and work of the timeless Nat King Cole, whose vocal styling in songs such as Nature Boy, Unforgettable, and When I Fall In Love defined a golden era of music and earned him a place in the history of American Music as one of the most iconic vocalists of all time. Expect Nat King Cole's most celebrated songs, alongside stylish reworkings of his lesser-known gems. This is a unique evening celebrating one of music's all-time greats.

About Atila: 'I was very impressed with his singing. He has a real feel for the lyric' Sir Michael Parkinson 

Mo Pleasure

Saturday 13th July 2019, 8:30pm-10pm, main stage

One of the greatest multi-instrumentalists of his generation. Morris "Mo" Pleasure has been at the forefront of American popular music for the last thirty years.

A child prodigy, he began on piano at the age of four and by his early teens was also performing on bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin! After gaining a BA in Music in the mid 80's, Mo began his professional career playing with Ray Charles before moving into the studios, including work with the likes of George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Christina Aguilera, Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, and Roberta Flack. In 1993, he became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire. ascending to become the band's musical director from 1994-2001.

He was featured with Janet Jackson, played keyboards and trumpet with Boney James and is currently musical director for the iconic Bette Midler. Mo was also approached by Michael Jackson to play keyboards in Jackson's last touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstar's historic 2009 comeback tour at London's O2 Arena. If all that wasn't enough he is also a renowned composer and producer.

Expect a selection of originals as well as Mo's favourite classic funk, soul and groove songs.

'Superb and essential' Soul Express

Mo will be joined by a hand picked band of some of the finest musicians in the UK, plus the vocal talents of Ivy Chanel. Philly native soul singer/songwriter, part African American, French and Native American, Ivy Chanel (younger sister of hall of fame inductee DJ Cash Money) has performed for Presidents and other dignitaries around the world. Ivy has worked with award winning artists and producers; Q-tip, Scratch Professor, Biz Markie, MBE Omar Lye-Fook, The Temper Trap, Curtis Richardson, Freedom C+C Music Factory, and DJ Kazu to name a few. Ivy is also a sought after vocal coach described by Simon Cowell as 'Fantastic', she has tutored a few of his artists such as Otsie Williams (JLS). Ivy has also worked with Anthony Duncan (Flawless), contestants from Missy Elliot's 'Road to Stardom' and The Voice.

Main Stage and Late Night Acts, 2019 Line Up

Friday Evening, 12th July

6.30 - 8.00pm Manchester Jazz Collective
An exciting collaboration of talented northern jazz artists, creating and performing original large scale jazz compositions. The group bring together their wide musical influences, including middle eastern harmonies; high energy, dance-able afro-jazz; and heavy metal and rock grooves. Powerful sounds from a strong brass section of saxophones, trombones and trumpets.

8.30 - 10.00pm Ponyland
Saddle up with PONYLAND for a ride into a heady, energetic world of live Afro-beat, Punk Jazz, with a 7-piece ensemble. Expect animalistic behaviour, galloping grooves that will make your legs rattle uncontrollably, chaos and raw energy!

Friday Late Night Sessions, 12th July
In association with STRADA music agency.

10pm - 11pm Pete & Polly Bolton

11pm - midnight Juke Joint Kings
A talented group of blues musicians who came together in 2015 through Beverley's monthly open mic 'Blues Sunday'. They have become regulars on the Yorkshire blues scene. Their recent album has received airplay on both sides of the Atlantic, and praise from Blues Matters. They perform their own material, alongside songs by their influences including B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Howlin' Wolf.

'Quality in every department' Tom Walker, Blues Matters

More Friday late night sessions acts to be announced soon

Saturday afternoon, 13th July

12.30-2.00pm The Mark Williams Trio
Mark Williams is a guitarist and composer from Belfast who moved to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to complete a BMus (hons) in Jazz, popular and commercial music. He then formed his own trio back in 2009 to showcase his own talents. The trio draws influences from Jazz, blues, rock, fusion and metal to create original music that is unique, diverse and honest.
2.30pm-4.00pm Alex Spencer
Alex Spencer has produced work of change and transformation. The songs explore juxtapositions between youth and ageing, children and parents, technology and humanity - all underpinned by the group's steady rhythms and mellow tones. Part feel-good jazz, part sophisticated folk, this album stretches its arms wide and brings its themes together around a kitchen table where everyone is welcome.

4.30-6.00pm Ben Beattie Band
Having played in front of celebrities, royalty, for some of the most influential clients in the most exquisite venues all over the UK, USA, Scandinavia, Europe and shared the stage with world renowned DJ's, session musicians and Jazz artists, Ben Beattie' and his After Midnight Band is a must see! "The After Midnight experience takes audiences on an epic musical journey celebrating the sound of the greats and the lesser known... they'll take you through all the very best 'specially selected for your entertainement' rip-roaring-honkinh wooopin' 'n' a 'hollerin' Jump Blues, hypnotic Latin beats, joyous African township music, the kinda Smokey Jazz that can only be found in a basement in Chicago at 3am, Gospel that will leave you praying for more, and sweat drippin' while you dancin' with all the pretty women kinda frenetic Funk... THIS BAND IS NOT TO BE MISSED!

Saturday evening, 13th July

6.30 - 8.00pm King For a day: The Nat King Cole Story
Scroll to top of the page for details

8:30 - 10.00pm Mo Pleasure
Scroll to top of the page for details

Saturday Late Night Sessions, 13th July
In association with STRADA music agency.

10pm - 11pm Geoff Green & The Carousels

11pm - midnight The Alligators

Sunday Afternoon, 14th July 
11.00am – 12.30pm Matt Smith and Carlos Olmos
Chilled out jazz guitar duo comprising of London based Matt Smith, and German-Bolivian Carlos.

1.00 - 2.30pm Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat
Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat is a vibrant quartet, led by saxophonist and composer Emma Johnson and featuring Calvin Travers, Angus Milne and Alasdair Wells. Emma's writing displays a contemporary sound rooted by infectious melodies. Gravy Boat is a band that aspires to write and perform melodic, accessible jazz that everyone can enjoy. 

3.00 - 4.30pm Max and Veronica
Veronica Sbergia and Max De Bernardi passionately play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 1920's and 30's. They like to keep this precious musical heritage alive, faithfully reproducing its original sound whilst playing it with a modern twist. Together they represent an irresistible blend of blues, ragtime, vaudeville music and jug band music played using strictly acoustic instruments such as ukuleles, washboard, kazoo, acoustic and resophonic guitars.

Max and Veronica won the European Blues Challenge 2013, held in Toulouse, France. They were selected in January 2015, for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

'Good time blues is alive and well...A band with a mission' Folk & Roots Magazine

5.00 - 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. Festival organiser and saxophonist Simon Cunliffe-Lister joins Ben to play out the weekend.

Great Hall Performances
On Saturday and Sunday afternoon bands will play in the Great Hall

Courtyard Performances
Saturday and Sunday afternoon bands will play in the old stables courtyard surrounded by Burton Agnes' plants for sale, cafe and shops.

Jazz North 
Many performances at this festival are supported by Jazz North, a lottery funded organisation that works with jazz performers throughout the north. We hope that through the festival we are able to fulfil Jazz North’s vision of the north becoming recognised nationally and internationally for enabling jazz artists to reside, work and develop in dialogue with interested, supportive and open-minded audiences. 

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