Jazz Festival was the “best ever”

Scarborough Jazz Festival Gareth Williams and Dave Green play with Enzo Zirilli.Picture Richard Ponter 123943a
Scarborough Jazz Festival Gareth Williams and Dave Green play with Enzo Zirilli.Picture Richard Ponter 123943a

The last note of the 10th Scarborough Jazz Festival has sounded – with its director promising more next year.

Mike Gordon is confident there will be an 11th event at the Spa and described this year’s event as the best ever.

Jazz festival 2012''Picture by Neil Silk  123943a'29/09/12

Jazz festival 2012''Picture by Neil Silk 123943a'29/09/12

“Highlights for me include Just East and Sector7,” said Mike. “The addition of the jazz lounge has also made this year’s festival extra special,” he said.

The three-day musical festival has seen all kinds of jazz played – from the cool sounds of Darius Bruebeck to the more experimental Rhythmica to the velvet tones of Claire Martin to the swing of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Up to 900 people a day attended the festival which, for the first time, spread into other parts of the venue with the Jim Birkett Trio playing in the jazz lounge throughout the festival.

Jazz fans came from far and wide. Tim Litten from Snainton attended with his next door neighbour Rita Ashcroft. “We have been coming from the start – and each year the festival just keeps getting better and better,” he said.

Scarborough Jazz festival 2012''Picture by Neil Silk  123949a'30/09/12

Scarborough Jazz festival 2012''Picture by Neil Silk 123949a'30/09/12

Mike Carlton from Bolton said: “This is now an established event on the jazz circuit. It’s not the biggest by any means bit it is up there with the best.”

Lisa Jones, who lives with her 12-year-old son James in Ramshill, said: “I have been a jazz fans ever since I was a kid. My dad introduced me to it. I look forward to the festival every year – after all it is only a step away from my front door.”