‘All that Jazz’…in Lichfield!

Visitors to this year’s Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival can look forward to a veritable feast of jazz performed in venues across this historic city by local, regional and national favourites.

Opening the Jazz programme on Friday 2nd at the George Hotel are the Lichfield Jazz All Stars, outstanding young musicians and city favourites who promise an evening of exciting, mind-blowing jazz …mixed with plenty of humour! 

Saturday 3rd sees the launch of the Festival’s novel Pop Up Blues and Jazz Stage from 3pm at Lichfield’s popular city centre music venue, George 1V. Expect impromptu blues and jazz from fine local musicians and surprise visits from professionals!

 The big band sound threatens to blow the roof off at Lichfield’s historic Guildhall from 1.30pm, when the 18 piece brassy  Dunnett Baxter Big Band and a cracking rhythm section perform original music, plus other big band music from Count Basie to Loose Tubes. They are followed by the Callum Roxburgh Swing Orchestra. Formed in 2011 by young jazz students from Birmingham Conservatoire, audiences will hear unbelievable classic swing band arrangements from Glen Miller, Sinatra to Bon Jovi.

At 7.00pm Wade Street Church hosts two unmissable bands. Chris Gumbley & Anything Goes, a very creative quartet performing a cornucopia of classic music from American songbook, traditional French song, shades of Jimi Hendrix to originals. Lichfield favourites - Blast Off – a talented band of 30 local musicians well-known for creating a funky jazz groove storm finish the evening off at the wonderful Wade Street Church.

Sunday June 4th will see a great day of swing music from the 20s to the 60s performed by some of the country’s top bands.

The day starts with a festival service at Wade Street church before the Remi Harris Trio take to the stage at Lichfield’s Guildhall.  A national figure on the music scene, Remi Harris has performed at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival and the BBC Proms. For those who want to learn all the Lindy Hop dance steps, ‘Dance with me Henry’ will  be running a workshop, followed by master drummer Sticky Wicket with his Swing Orchestra plus star vocalist Linda Morris - a great finale to the festival.

For the full programme of blues and jazz concerts and tickets visit: www.lichfield-jazz.co.uk   Programmes are now available from the Lichfield Arts Office, Donegal House, Bore St, Lichfield, Staffs. WS13 6LU. Contact box office 01543-262223.

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