Blues and Jazz Festival May 30th – June 2nd 2019

Published on: Thu, 18/04/2019 - 13:41

Eagle Jazz Band

With everything from international blues and jazz bands, to local regional bands  Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz festival will have something for everyone between Thursday May 30th and Sunday 2nd June.

Kicking things off at the Cathedral Hotel, Beacon Street on Thursday May 30th will be the always popular jazz guitarist Remi Harris, appearing with bassist Tom Moore. Their eclectic tastes encompass everything from the swinging music of Django Reinhardt, to the electric music of Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix. This is  high quality music, presented by virtuoso musicians.

Friday May 31st promises music from two very different bands, with  parliamentary jazz award winners The Alison Rayner Quintet at the Cathedral Hotel, . The bassist and band-leader Alison Rayner will lead her all star band of guitarist Deirdre Cartwright, drummer Buster Birch, keyboard player Steve Lodder, and saxophonist Diane McLoughlin through a set of their own thoughtful, ensemble based music.  Something more raucous will be provided by the always popular, show stealing Climax Blues Band at the Guildhall. With  a set list honed to perfection over more than thirty years, and an eye on creating a party, dancing atmosphere, they play music with expertise and taste. A perfect night out for all music fans.

Saturday June 1st promises an action packed day, with music at the Cathedral Hotel from, Tom Hill’s 70’s Jazz Funk Machine, followed by The Oxley-Meier Guitar project  a  heady mixture of flamenco,jazz , latin  with Middle Eastern  overtones. local trumpet  star  Nick Dewhurst  follows  with special guest saxophonist Derek Nash.

 Lichfield Guildhall will host the bluesy acoustic guitar wizardry and songs of Robert Jackson, the boogie woogie piano of Steve ‘Big Man’ Clayton and the electric blues and soul of The Chris Bevington organisation. Although individual tickets are available for these concerts a bargain £25.00 Saturday Stroller ticket will give music fans all day entry to the concerts.

Sunday June 2nd will start with the popular Festival Service at Wade Street Church before the young and talented South Staffordshire Youth Orchestra  kick off  proceedings at the guildhall. Over at the Cathedral Hotel  quality of the music continues with classic jazz and swing  of  The Eagle Jazz Band, with Fret and Fiddle  playing the wonderful music of Stephane Grappelli . Over at the Guildhall good time blues continues with  The Escape Committee and  local favourites The Sleaze Brothers .

All festivals close with something special, and Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival has saved a big name to close the festival, with the jazz-rock titans Soft Machine appearing at the guildhall from 6.30pm. Featuring the stellar talents of guitarist John Etheridge, saxophonist Theo Travis, drummer John Marshall and bassist Roy Babbington this promsies to be a special concert with which to end the festival.

Individual  tickets are available for all concerts but take advantage of the  combined tickets

For further details and to book tickets visit Lichfield-jazz.co.uk  or callthe Lichfield Arts Box Office  01543-262223.