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Ushaw Jazz Festival day 3
Sun 25 Aug
1pm – Zoë Gilby Family All Stars
£6 or family ticket £20 (2 adults and 2 children – family entry is not available with Festival passes),
A show especially for children and families of all ages. A jazztastic 50 minute show, performing recognisable tunes with jazz standards and lots of opportunity for interaction and participation.
FREE – Francis Thompson Room
VHB is an up-and-coming contemporary jazz collective which formed in 2018 after meeting at the University of York. They play original tunes blending elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and gospel as well as re-imagined versions of classic jazz standards, owing as much to J Dilla as to John Coltrane. If you like Ezra Collective, Alfa Mist, Robert Glasper or Kamasi Washington then VHB is a band you should check out!
Faye Thompson – Alto Sax, Marko Marsenic – Tenor Sax, Rebecca Hall – Keys, Cameron McArthur – Synths/Synth Bass, Susan Rutter – Drums
4pm – John Pope Quintet
Drawing on ‘60s avant-jazz and hard bop, but with a modern, European sensibility, their open-hearted, quirky compositions and dynamic, ‘anything-goes’ improvisations are played with swinging groove, referencing Ornette Coleman, Tom Waits, and The Pixies: a joyful racket full of rewards for the adventurous listener.
John Pope double bass / Chris Biscoe alto saxophone / Faye MacCalman tenor saxophone, clarinet / Graham Hardy trumpet / Johnny Hunter drums
7pm – Buck Clayton Legacy Band – Ellington and Hodges
The great swing trumpeter Buck Clayton made his reputation in the cut-throat jam sessions and all-night blues clubs of 1930s Kansas City. In later years, he kept the traditions of the great “blues shouters” alive by touring Europe and the UK with his own octet, along with such singers as Jimmy Rushing, Big Joe Turner and Jimmy Witherspoon. The Buck Clayton Legacy Band, formed in 2004 by bassist Alyn Shipton and saxophonist Matthias Seuffert to re-explore Clayton’s music, delves into that Kansas City Legacy. They turn their concerts into a speakeasy in the grand tradition of the Reno and Woodside Clubs immortalised by Count Basie.
Menno Daams trumpet /Ian Smith trumpet / Robert Fowler tenor sax /Matthias Seuffert alto sax / Adrian Fry trombone / Martin Litton piano /Alyn Shipton double bass / Bobby Worth drums
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