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Events local to Upton in May – Nest of Voices; Christian Cox, Martineau Big Band

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May 5th 7.30pm : a charity return visit to St Peters Church, Powick of “The Martineau Big Band.” Directed by John Ruddick MBE;  tickets £10 including light refreshments from wjazzjam@gmail.com. We’re delighted that Oliver Carpenter of Blues Festival fame will bring the quirky and entertaining Mumbo Jumbo to Upton in June. Before then, Oliver is… Read more

Interplay : Something special at Stratford Mar 13th

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Interplay brings together the talents and experience of five fine musicians, fuelled by diverse musical influences, and focussed on performing original material to make it their own. Mainly penned by bassist Adrian Litvinoff, the tunes provide hugely varied settings for the band’s invention and spontaneity.  Alan Wakeman, (saxes, flute), and Richard Baker (trombone) form a… Read more

The Paul Lawrence Jazz Collections

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As many of you will know, Paul Lawrence, a stalwart of the Festival, died in December.  Paul built up huge collections of Jazz-related records, CDs, books, photographs and other memorabilia.  His wish was that the collections should be sold and the proceeds used to support the Upton Jazz Festival. There are many hundreds of 78s, LPs and… Read more

Worcester Jazz Jam : 3rd Friday every month

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Jazz musicians of all standards can showcase their talents, thanks to the continued success of Worcester’s Jazz Jam. It’s on the 3rd Friday every month, providing enthusiastic jazz players and singers an opportunity to perform with an experienced rhythm section. We start with a couple of charts from the house band, followed by players and singers… Read more

Best of Young Jazz : apply now…

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Application forms are now available to perform on the Best of Young Jazz stage at Upton Jazz Festival 2019; Sat 29th or Sun 30th June. Open to big bands, ensembles & soloists. More details and application forms from assistant project manager Marie on: oldaker_m@hotmail.com

Paul Lawrence Funeral Tuesday 22nd January

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Paul’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 22nd January, 1.45pm at Worcester Crematorium. No flowers, please, but donations may be made to Guide Dogs.