Upton Jazz Festival 22nd-25th June 2017 : 

Didn't we have a love-ly time, with a feast of Jazz, Swing, Dance, with 40 bands and 50+ Concerts from Thursday evening to Sunday; Jazz parade on Saturday with prizes for best decorated brollies - didn't the primary school do well ?; Best of Young Jazz 9 featuring highly talented stars of the future; inspiring and upliftingSunday Jazz Church Service with Bev Pegg, Janice Bell and Rose and Peter Johnson; Dance@Upton4 with three days of the best swing, jive and boogie bands around ; and this year a very special exhibition at the Tudor House Museum - the trustees have said 'fantastic turnout, delighted with the display'. Thank you to all those who came, danced, played, emptied bins, sold tickets, stewarded, took photos, and to all those who took the time to give us such kind comments. 

Featuring : Jonathan Vinten Trio - Jonathan played here last year….so impressive. This trio is first class - top British musicians rarely heard outside London.

Bent Persson (Sweden) and Thomas Winteler (Switzerland)- the best in classic jazz, these two with Keith Nichols is the ultimate in this style of jazz anywhere in the world - you won’t hear better.

The Revivalists (Holland) : thrilling New Orleans hot rootsy deep south jazz gospel and blues.

Washboard Resonators : just a little bit different, but very authentic of the duos you would see around the theatres in the 20s and 30s.

Scarlette’s Serenaders : great to have Sarah Spencer back in the UK. Sarah and Mike Owen have vast experience of playing New Orleans Revival in the States and in Europe, and she swings!

Louis Louis Louis, the Lads from Leeds, a big hit last year so good to have them back with their youthful take on the music of the 40s and 50s.  Expect classic jump blues, rocksteady and ska with thumpin' slap bass, honkin' horns, raucous four-part vocal harmonies and a driving piano boogie.

Savannah Jazz Band : arguably  the most popular and tightest of the trad genre…a driving and exciting New Orleans style.

Full band list:

Alan Barnes, ArtDeco, Baby Jools Jazzaholics, Bent Persson (Sweden), Brownfield Byrne Hot Six, Dart Valley Stompers, Graham Hughes Quartet, Hootie and the Gang, Hotsy Totsy, Jive Aces, Jonathan Vinten Trio, John Hallam with The Remi Harris Trio, Keith Nichols Hot Six, Keith Nichols Orchestra “Chicago – That Toddlin’ Town”, Kiera Battersby Trio, La Vie en Rose, Louis Louis Louis, Moscow Drug Club, Mumbo Jumbo, Revivalists Jazz Band, Savannah Jazz Band, Scarlette's Serenaders with Sarah Spencer, Strumpit, SwingZing, Swing Commanders, T J Johnson, The Dime Notes, The Sopranos, The Temperance Seven, Thomas Winteler (Switzerland), Upton Festival Band, Washboard Resonators, Water Gypsies.

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Best of Young Jazz

Any young players interested in taking part in jazz workshops or performance opportunities please contact Marie at Best of Young Jazz on oldaker_m@hotmail.com. 

Friends of the Upton Jazz Festival

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