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Our Music Director looks forward to this years Festival…

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Rachel is looking forward to…. Every year we ask Rachel, our Music Director to tell us who she’s looking forward to seeing and hearing at the festival. Putting her on the spot is so unfair… but here goes… ‘I’m looking forward to Dan Cassidy Quartet – top quality swing, with fabulous violin playing; Budapest Ragtime Band… Read more

Gloucester Jazz Improvisation workshop Sun 9th June

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GM Jazz Improvisation workshop : Sunday 9th June 2019 Colwell Arts Centre, Derby Road, Gloucester, GL1 4AD. GM’s next improvisation workshop is fast approaching! You will work alongside our professional tutors Peter Martin and Tessa Frye. It’s for any beginners who can read notated music (c. grade 3), can play major scales (simple key signatures) and… Read more

Longside Radio Sundays 9pm : Countdown to Upton begins….

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Alun Jones has been enthusing about jazz, and about Upton, for 7 years. He says….with five weeks to go now to the ‘Upton Jazz Festival’ here in Worcestershire in the UK, this week I’ll be starting a new theme ‘The Countdown to Upton’ to run through to the conclusion of the festival. I’ll be playing… Read more

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