First look at Scarborough Jazz Festival line-up

Zoe Gilby
Zoe Gilby

The line-up for this September’s Scarborough Jazz Festival has been revealed – and promises something familiar mixed with the new.

The event will be held at the Spa Complex from Friday September 25 to Sunday September 27.

Cafe Society

Cafe Society

Festival director Mike Gordon said: “Again we have a mix of well-established performers, chosen because I feel their jazz is continually developing, and younger bands with a 
diversity of musical agendas.

“Big sounds will come from the 26-piece Engines Orchestra, led by Phil Meadows, and Beats and Pieces.

“There’s some strong vocal jazz too. Ian Shaw, a long time festival favourite, is joined by the world class trumpeter Guy Barker.

“Recently on the scene and making a great impression is singer Ben Cox and from the North we are delighted to have the charismatic Zoe Gilby. Our cover picture is the superb 
vocalist Vimala Rowe, a member of the intriguing Jazz @ Café Society project.

“We have some very classy musicians from the USA: Jean Toussaint, Darius Brubeck, highlight of a previous festival; two New York stars making up pianist Barry Green’s trio; and Michael Janisch.

“Our compere will again be Alan Barnes who will join up with pianist Dave Newton and saxophonist Tony Kofi to display his usual inventive versatility.

“Add flautist Gareth Lockrane’s cracking Grooveyard Unplugged and the unusual tongue-in-cheek Pigsfoot and I hope that there is enough ­variety and quality to please everyone.”

Two hundred people have already bought weekend tickets for the 13th Scarborough Jazz Festival.

Early bird tickets are now on sale.

The line up includes:

Barry Green’s New York Trio

Beats and Pieces

Ben Cox Band

Darius Brubeck Quartet

Dave Newton & Alan Barnes

The Engines Orchestra

Gareth Lockrane’s ‘Grooveyard Unplugged’

Ian Shaw and Trio with guest 
Guy Barker

Jazz @ Cafe Society

Jean Toussaint: The Blakey Project

Michael Janisch’s Paradigm Shift

Phil Meadows Group


Tony Kofi/Alan Barnes Quintet

Zoe Gilby Quartet (pictured)