Scarborough Jazz Festival

Scarborough Jazz Festival in The Spas Grand Hall.Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Express play.113882a  Picture Richard Ponter
Scarborough Jazz Festival in The Spas Grand Hall.Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Express play.113882a Picture Richard Ponter
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JAZZ fans descended upon the refurbished Spa Complex for the 9th Scarborough Jazz Festival.

Music lovers both young and old attended the three-day festival, which saw performances from leading international acts such as Hadouk Trio, Mina Agossi and legendary jazz pianist Jacques Loussier.

Scarborough Jazz Festival in The Spas Grand Hall.Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Express play.113882b  Picture Richard Ponter

Scarborough Jazz Festival in The Spas Grand Hall.Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Express play.113882b Picture Richard Ponter

And the Spa was almost full to capacity, with fans travelling from all over the country to attend an event that is highly regarded within the jazz community, and an event which has firmly established itself as one of the leading events in Scarborough.

Jazz fan Pete Middleton, 23, had travelled all the way from Portsmouth for the event. He said: “I listen to jazz all the time, and from what I’ve heard so far the standard of playing is absolutely superb.

“It’s the first time that I’ve been to the event but everybody here, and in Scarborough, has been really welcoming and friendly. I’ll definitely be coming back.”

Long time Jazz aficionados were enthralled by the performances, with many praising Hadouk Trio as the act of the weekend. However, the festival all won the notoriously divisive genre new fans.

Julie Miller, 40, from Scalby was attending the event with 12-year-old daughter Ellis. She said: “I’m mainly hear to watch my son play. I like some jazz but not all of it, as I find some of it a bit heavy.

“But the stuff that I’ve heard today is really good, and there’s clearly a lot of excellent local talent.”

The festival has grown rapidly since its inception nine years ago, and as regularly been able to attract world famous acts, such as Jamie Cullum and Kyle Eastwood.

Festival organiser Mike Gordon has promised fans that the festival will return next year, and he has stated plans are already under way to make next years event the best yet.

“It’s the tenth anniversary next year, so we want to make it really special.

“We are already planning for it, and we are already in the running for one or two big, international names.”