eO to play Scarborough Jazz Festival – September 2015
We’re all incredibly excited to announce that we’ll be travelling up from London to perform at the 2015 Scarborough Jazz Festival! A huge thank you to the festival team for inviting us, we’re stoked to be able bring the Lifecycles project all the way to North Yorkshire. We’ll be making the journey with the Phil Meadows Group for the opening night (Friday 25th September) where we’ll be playing around 8pm. We’ve also been told that the PMG will be doing a set of their own earlier that day too. We’ll share more details as soon as we know them but for now here are a few words from festival director Mike Gordon about what’s in store. We hope you can make it!
‘I’m really gratified that as I write this at the beginning of February almost two hundred people have bought weekend festival tickets without knowing the programme content. The almost complete line-up is below and I hope they feel their faith is justified.
Again we have a mix of well-established performers, chosen because I feel their jazz is continually developing, and younger bands with a diversity of musical agendas. Big sounds will come from the 26-piece Engines Orchestra, led by Phil Meadows, and Beats & Pieces.
There’s some strong vocal jazz. Ian Shaw, a long time festival favourite, is joined by the world class trumpeter Guy Barker. Recently on the scene and making a great impression is singer Ben Cox and from the North we are delighted to have the charismatic Zoe Gilby. Our cover picture is the superb vocalist Vimala Rowe, a member of the intriguing Jazz @ Café Society project.
We have some very classy musicians from the USA: Jean Toussaint (ex Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, McCoy Tyner, Gil Evans, Horace Silver …); Darius Brubeck, highlight of a previous festival; two New York stars making up pianist Barry Green’s trio; and Michael Janisch, who has done so much to promote jazz links between America and the UK, with Paradigm Shift.
Our compere will again be Alan Barnes who will join up with pianist Dave Newton and saxophonist Tony Kofi to display his usual inventive versatility. Add flautist Gareth Lockrane’s cracking Grooveyard Unplugged and the unusual tongue-in-cheek Pigsfoot and I hope there is enough variety and quality to please everyone.
The morning swim awaits you!’ Mike Gordon, Director, Scarborough Jazz Festival
Scarborough Jazz Festival – 2015 line up so far!
Barry Green’s New York Trio
Beats & Pieces
Ben Cox Band
Darius Brubeck Quartet
Dave Newton/Alan Barnes Duo
The Engines Orchestra
Gareth Lockrane’s ‘Grooveyard Unplugged’
Ian Shaw & Trio with very special guest Guy Barker
Jazz @ Cafe Society
Jean Toussaint: The Blakey Project
Michael Janisch’s Paradigm Shift
Phil Meadows Group
Tony Kofi/Alan Barnes Quintet
Zoe Gilby Quartet
Compere: Alan Barnes
+ more acts to be confirmed.