Broadbent/Mancio, Malija and Vula Viel line up for vibrant Scarborough Jazz Festival

This year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival returns from 23 to 25 September with a varied and vibrant line-up across a range of modern, vocal, contemporary, swing and world jazz sounds. Some of the UK’s finest jazz vocalists are set to appear, including acclaimed UK singer Georgia Mancio teaming up with renowned US pianist Alan Broadbent for an opening night performance of music from their forthcoming album, Songbook, while multi-award-winning vocalist Liane Carroll tops the Sunday evening bill with songs from her uplifting recent album, Seaside.

Instrumental highlights include the sparkling piano and sax pairing of Gareth Williams and Trish Clowes; Dave and Judith O’Higgins powerful take on Oliver Nelson’s classic album, The Blues And The Abstract Truth, with their Abstract Truth Big Band; O’Higgins also appears with the five-sax heavy Barnes/O’Higgins & The Sax Section band; the inventive sax/piano/bass Malija trio featuring Mark Lockheart, Liam Noble and Jasper Høiby; the high-spirited Afro-jazz grooves of Vula Viel (pictured) and the hard-blowing Brandon Allen Six, who conclude the Sunday night bill in emphatic style.

The full line-up is as follows: Friday 23 September – Artephis (12.30pm); Benn Clatworthy Quartet (2.15pm); Pan Jumby (4.00pm); Gareth Williams & Trish Clowes (7.00pm); Alan Broadbent/Georgia Mancio Songbook (8.45pm); and The Abstract Truth Big Band (10.30pm). Saturday 24 September – Nicola Farnon Trio (12.30pm); SK2 Jazz Orchestra (2.15pm); Barnes/O’Higgins & The Sax Section (2.15pm); The E.A.S.Y. Band (5.30pm); Malija (7.00pm); Charlie Parker on Dial (8.45pm) and Waterman/Nightingale/Barnes play Henry Mancini (10.30pm). Sunday 25 September – Teddy Bears’ Jazz Picnic (11am); Mister Tooley’s Gospel Brunch (11am); Vula Viel (12.30pm); Adam Glasser’s South Africa & Beyond (2.15pm); ARQ (4.00pm); The S.J.T.’s Funky Choir (5.30pm); Liane Carroll (7.00pm) and Brandon Allen Six (8.45pm).

– Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.jazz.scarboroughspa.co.uk/

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