There’s something for all ages in this year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival fringe events.
There’s a tremendous start when Scarborough Jazz at the Cask presents three front-liners on Wednesday September 21: trombonist Dennis Rollins and saxophonists Alan Barnes and Stuart MacDonald.
They will be backed by the Mike Gordon Trio.
The following night the jazz-inspired singer-songwriter Tom Townsend brings an eight-piece band to The Den at the Cask with music ranging from New Orleans funk to progressive jazz-rock.
On the morning of Saturday September 23 the Eastern Area Schools Youth Jazz Orchestra will be given a workshop in the Spa Sun Court by national stars pianist Gareth Williams and reeds player Alan Barnes.
At 5.30pm the orchestra will give an interval performance joined by the tutors. Both events are free and open to the public.
There are two exciting events on Sunday September 25. In the Sun Court DJ Mister Tooley will play some rare and unique gospel vinyl recordings.
This is also a free event and everyone is welcome to join in .
And in the Spa’s Ocean Room members of the Northern Showtime Orchestra, led by Kathy Seabrook, will host a jazz infused Teddy Bears’ Picnic to introduce young children to jazz from around the world.
In the afternoon interval the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Funky Choir will sing in the Sun Court led by musical director Mark Gordon.
Also in the Sun Court the Jim Birkett Trio will play throughout the weekend and will be joined by various festival performers. These are free events.
The festival takes place at Scarborough from Friday September 23 to Sunday September 25.
The full line-up is: Artephis/Adam Glasser’s South Africa and Beyond/Alan Broadbent; Georgia Mancio Songbook/ARQ (Alison Raynor Quartet)/Barnes and O’Higgins Sax Section/Benn Clatworthy Quartet/Brandon Allen Sextet/’Charlie Parker on Dial’/Gareth Williams and Trish Clowes/Liane Carroll/Malija/Nicola Farnon Trio/Pan Jumby/SK2 Jazz Orchestra/The Abstract Truth Big Band/Vula Viel/Waterman, Nightingale, Barnes play Henry Mancini/ compere: Alan Barnes.
Tickets are on sale now from the Spa box office on Scarborough (01723) 821888.