Jazz continues to play a strong part in this year's Bath Festival programme, which runs from 19 to 28 May, with the theme of music and verse combining in various forms. Chief among the artists appearing is a rare UK outing for the much-feted Brad Mehldau Trio, featuring bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard (Assembly Rooms, 20 May) all fresh from the critical success that was their 2016 album, Blues and Ballads.
A jazz-informed tribute to the music of Bob Dylan is led by chanteuse Barb Jungr and fellow musicians Justin Adams, CN Lester and Sid Griffin alongside music writers David Hepworth, Dorian Lynskey and Hajar Woodland, and host Danny Kelly, for a diffuse look at Dylan's words and music (Forum, 20 May).
Further dates include rising-star violinist Alice Zawadzki in a trio with drummer/ pianist/producer Fred Thomas and emerging bass talent Misha Mullov-Abbado (Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal, 21 May); the eternally hip Georgie Fame backed by the Guy Barker Big Band (Forum, 22 May); a newly-created piece from Alex Webb entitled 'Stormy: The Life of Lena Horne', which celebrates the life and music of the singer through the multi-talents of vocalist and actress Camilla Beeput (Komedia, 24 May).
Two vocal-led performances complete the programme with popular US songstress Madeleine Peyroux performing music from her Secular Hymns album (Forum, 27 May) and the hugely entertaining a capella beat-box and instrumental imitators Naturally 7 (Komedia, 28 May) closing things out in emphatic style.
– Mike Flynn
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