Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival 2019
Published on: Tue, 14/05/2019 - 11:41
30th May - 2nd June
Music starts at the Cathedral Hotel, Beacon Street on Thursday May 30th with 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.
Friday May 31st promises two very different bands. 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 Climax Blues Band with a performance honed to perfection over more than thirty years and an eye on creating a party, dancing atmosphere.
Saturday June 1st promises an action packed day with music at the Cathedral Hotel from Tom Hill’s 70’s Jazz Funk Machine, The Oxley-Meier Guitar Group and The Nick Dewhurst Band with special guest lead saxophonist with the Jools Holland band, Derek Nash. Lichfield Guildhall will host the 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.
Sunday June 2nd sees no let up in the quality of the music with the classic jazz to swing of The Eagle Jazz Band and the Grappelli swing of Fret and Fiddle at the Cathedral Hotel for £15.00. The good times continues at Guildhall with a FREE concert by the young and talented South Saffordshire Youth Jazz Orchestra followed by the hard hitting swinging blues of The Escape Committee before the good time blues of local favourites The Sleaze Brothers.
All festivals close with something special and Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival have 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 promises to be a special concert to end the festival.
For further details and to book tickets visit www.lichfieldarts-jazz.co.uk or phone (01543) 262223.