Our bands include Upton favourites Worcester Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Ian Hattersley and returning to playing after 18 months; Mike Owen/Sarah Spencer’s Storyville Six – Storyville was home to the very best New Orleans jazz; Hot Fingers featuring Thomas ‘Spats’ Langham, with vocals from Emily Campbell – gypsy swing, blues guitar, jump jive and hot dance music; Cadillac Express with JeremyHuggett/Kevin Grenfell playing a mixture of Jazz, Jump Jive & Swing and some Rock & Roll (yes, Rock & Roll..!) favourites; and we’ll have some soloists – Roy Cansdale guitar/vocals and maybe some duos in the cafes. Elite Jazz Quartet featuring our own Rachel Hayward with Andy Leggett, Ceri Williams and Tony Sharp; plus local favourites Mumbo Jumbo with Oliver Carpenter of Blues Festival fame. Rod Kelly, piano, teams up with mellifluous clarinettist Alvin Roy.
Fringe at the Swan Hotel has the Gloucester Youth Music Combo; LeSwing from Cheltenham; the very talented and energetic Sundown Jazz Society from Hereford; A Touch of Jazz – jazz standards, latin and more from this accomplished Malvern outfit; Manteca from Stroud with keys, guitar and the honeyed vocals and sax of Karen Gilbert; and a new to Upton band, more high energy jazz funk and soul from the sax-led Tunehead of Cheltenham.
* in the current circumstances there may be last minute band changes out of our control. We’re all doing our best to make it a great day.