Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Binker & Moses head to Harrogate

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The Harrogate International Festival, which has been running for over half a century, has a strong and eclectic line-up of jazz names all appearing within its splendid Spielgeltent venue as [art of the festival's music strand. Running from 29 June to 8 July in Harrogate's Crescent Gardens, the pop-up venue will host a wide range of UK and international jazz talent curated by MOBO-nominated singer-songwriter Ayanna Witter-Johnson (pictured), who'll also be performing a world premiere of a special commission (30 June).

Among the highlights will be fiery sax and drums duo Binker & Moses (2 July) who return with a storming live album, Alive In The East?, released on 22 June on Gearbox Records. Further concerts include the 1930-40s style swing of singer/guitarist Benoit Viellefon & His Hot Club (29 June); Dutch funk dynamos Tristan who blend acid jazz grooves with singer Evelyn Kallansee's soulful vocals (6 July) and award-winning bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado and his band performing music from their latest album Cross-Platform Interchange (8 July).

Mike Flynn

For full details visit www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com