Nigel Kennedy headlines Scarborough Jazz Festival

Nigel Kennedy
Nigel Kennedy

Violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy will headline this year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival when he performs alongside guitarist John Etheridge and their band.

The exciting pairing of the world’s leading and best-selling violinist alongside one of jazz’s most accomplished guitarists is set to make this year’s festival one of the country’s most talked about jazz festivals.

“We are over the moon to have such an outstanding international star appearing at our festival,” said director, Mike Gordon.

“I think it’s a real coup. I remember Nigel Kennedy ending a wonderful classical concert at the Spa many years ago and then launching into a solo jazz improvisation of Sweet Georgia Brown. The audience erupted!

“And to have him playing with another world class musician, John Etheridge, is very exciting.”

The duo are just one of fifteen acts that have been announced to play the thre- day festival at Scarborough Spa between Friday September 26 and Sunday September 28 which as always features a great blend of experienced and upcoming talent.

Alongside returning established artists such as Alan Barnes, Anita Wardell, Clark Tracey, Dennis Rollins, Gwilym Simcock, Iain Ballamy and Stian Cartenson there will be performances from rising stars Ollie Howell, Theo Jackson and Nathaniel Facey.

Earlybird Weekend tickets for this year’s Festival go on sale at 10am on Friday January 31 priced at £77 and will be available from The Spa Box Office (01723) 821888 and via, and

Full line up in The Scarborough News on Thursday January 30