Jazzing it up for annual festival

Promoting the Jazz Festival Mike Gordon listens to Kate Chruscicka playing in the town centre .113777

Promoting the Jazz Festival Mike Gordon listens to Kate Chruscicka playing in the town centre .113777

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ORGANISERS of this year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival have sold a record number of tickets ahead of the event.

Mike Gordon, the festival organiser, said the ninth festival was more successful than ever. He said: “Nine festivals ago, an hour before we opened the doors, we’d sold 100 tickets. Now we have sold 800.”

He added that the event was now so established that the Guardian newspaper had placed it as one of the top five jazz festivals in the UK.

This year there is a pronounced French accent to the event which will be based at the Spa from Friday September 23 to Sunday September 25.

Unfortunately due to illness Jacques Loussier has had to pull out of this year’s festival. Stepping into his shoes is the David Rees-Williams Trio.

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 at the Cask tomorrow. Nicola was a huge success last time at the Cask.