All that jazz! Jazz Festival programme unveiled

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2012 preview. National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)'submitted pic
Scarborough Jazz Festival 2012 preview. National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)'submitted pic

JAZZ fans will swing their way down to the Spa Complex again this year, after organisers announced several international artists as part of the Scarborough Jazz Festival line-up.

Highlights of the three-day festival include a performance from Martin Taylor and Alan Barnes, who will share the stage together for the first time ever.

There will also be a performance from the very popular Darius Brubeck Quartet, as well as the return of the crowd-pleasing National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

In total, 16 acts have been announced so far for the event, which takes place between September 28 and September 30, and event organiser Mike Gordon could not be happier with the bill.

“I’m very, very happy about how it’s turned out.

“We have some really great stuff on it this year.”

Mr Gordon seemed especially thrilled to have the National Youth Jazz Orchestra back after a storming set at the festival in 2011.

He added: “To be honest, I don’t usually like repeating bands year after year, but they change their line-up every single year.

“They are always very popular.”

The festival, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, has grown in popularity year after year.

Recently, it was named by The Guardian as one of the top five jazz festivals in the country, beating off events held in several major cities.

Mr Gordon, who also runs the Scarborough Jazz Club at The Cask, believes the event has helped establish Scarborough as one of the leading jazz destinations in the country.

“Jazz is actually having difficulty at the moment, but the local scene is doing very well.

“People can look at the Scarborough line-up, and although they might not like everything they see, they know it’s still going to be good quality.

“They trust the programme.

“They see Scarborough as a stamp of quality.”

Earlybird Tickets for the event are now on sale priced at £65 and will be available until Saturday July 1.

To encourage younger people to attend the festival organisers have frozen Under 25s Weekend Ticket prices.

Day and Session Tickets are available from Saturday July 1.

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