THE COUNTDOWN to the ninth Scarborough Jazz Festival is on.
There’s a pronounced French accent to this year’s event which will be based at the Spa.
Unfortunately due to illness Jacques Loussier has had to pull out of this year’s festival, which runs from Friday September 23 to Sunday September 25.
Stepping into his shoes is the David Rees-Williams Trio.
There is a chance to radio listeners to hear the headliner in advance of his festival appearance on the Saturday.
The pianist will play several numbers on Radio 3’s In Tune on Monday between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.
“Anyone who loves classical music but isn’t sure about jazz should listen to the programme,’ said festival director Mike Gordon.
“They could well be tempted to come along to the Saturday night performance.”
The festival opens on Friday with a programme which includes the Hadouk Trio, Liz Fletcher sings Liz and the Orchestre National de Jazz: Shut Up And Dance.
As well as Rees Williams, Saturday’s line-up includes Kate Williams Quartet featuring Gareth Lockrane, Mark Nightingale Quintet, Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Express, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Mina Agossi Trio.
Sunday sees Matt Anderson, Andreas Varady Quartet, Christine Tobin Quartet, Tommy Evans Orchestra and Alan Barnes and William Ellis ‘take to the stage.
There’s a fringe event to kick off the festival when the Nicola Farnon Quartet plays for Scarborough Jazz @ the Cask on Wednesday.
Bass player and vocalist Nicola is one of the most popular jazz musicians around and was a huge success last time at the Cask.
There will be some saxophone playing to be heard from Jon Taylor outside the Brunswick Pavilion in Westborough tomorrow between noon and 2pm.