First look at jazz line up for annual event

Charlie Parker on Dial
Charlie Parker on Dial

The first performers of the Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016 have been revealed.

A highlight will be, in the great tradition of big bands, the 17-piece Abstract Truth Band, led by Dave and Judith O’Higgins.

Alex Webb’s mixed-media show, Charlie Parker on Dial starring Nathaniel Facey, Freddie Gavita and Vimala Rowe, who wowed the 2015 festival with her performance as part of Jazz @ Café Society, will deliver something very different.

Vvocalist and pianist Liane Carroll and rising star saxophonist Trish Clowes teams up with Gareth Williams on the Spa Bosendorfer grand piano.

The remainder of the line-up will be revealed next month.

The director of the Scarborough Jazz Festival Mike Gordon said: “With record sales and outstanding evaluations it’s going to be hard to beat the 2015 Scarborough Jazz Festival.

“But with next year’s programme almost completed and tickets selling really well I’m confident we have another exhilarating weekend coming up next year.

The Scarborough Jazz Festival takes places at the Spa, Scarborough between Friday September 23 and Sunday Septembe 25.

Earlybird weekend tickets are now on sale priced at £85 and are available by calling (01723) 821888 or visiting