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Reviews of Scarborough Jazz Festival


Jazz Journal

Scarborough Jazz Festival by Brian Payne


Yorkshire Coast Gigs

Gareth Lockrane's Grooveyard Unplugged by Adrian Riley
Kofi-Barnes Aggregation by David Wright
Jean Toussaint: The Blakey Project by Adrian Riley
Darius Brubeck Quartet by David Wright
Ian Shaw and Trio w/guest Guy Barker by David Wright
Engines Orchestra by Adrian Riley
Jazz at Cafe Society by David Wright




Trish Clowes and Vula Viel Among Those Scoring Scarborough Fest Successes by Jon Carvell


Bepop Spoken Here

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016 by Steve T


Yorkshire Coast Gigs

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016 by Dylan Riley (12 years old)

If your only picture of jazz is of old guys nodding their heads in time with solos, then think again... The 2016 Scarborough Jazz Festival continued the festival's tradition of featuring a youth big band from Scarborough Area Music Centre working with the festival's stars. Dylan (12 years old), from the music centre's 'Jazz Train' ensemble gives his festival highlights...

First of all I'd like to start with something about the EASY Jazz ensemble, I thought they were amazing as usual with lots of interesting solos and witty banter from the ensemble leader Ralph Alder. Sax star and festival compere Alan Barnes sat in with the band and they were also conducted by pianist Gareth Williams.

In the lounge, facing EAZY Jazz, was drummer Tom Townsend and friends, playing a selection of classic jazz with local musicians. I love the diversity and difference in all the acts at the festival.

In the main hall I saw lots of acts. One of these bands was Vula Viel - This was amazing. I loved the different types of instruments played, all the way from an African Gyil (like a giant wooden xylophone) to synths and delayed saxophone. Also in the main hall, I saw the Barnes/O'Higgins Sax Section, I especially liked the solos in this band and loved the music they played.

Finally, I saw SK2 - a Stan Kenton tribute band. Being a fan of Stan Kenton's music I loved this band. Even better was how the conductor/drummer told facts and stories about the songs they were playing, giving a short biography of Kenton's life.

The festival was amazing, there was such a large amount of music under the title "jazz".

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