Dizzy heights for jazz fest finale

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THE busiest Morecambe Jazz festival swung into town at the weekend with three full days of swing, trad, funk and big band attracting appreciative audiences to all the sessions with jazz aficionados making themselves known from as far afield as Rochdale, Bishop’s Stortford and even France.

The festival got under way on Friday with some trad jazz from High Society and a superb Frank Sinatra salute from Si Conway inside a packed Winter Gardens.

The wonderfully attired Speakeasy Jazz Dancers captured the swing era and added the icing on the cake as the night ended with a mass New York, New York audience knees-up with Old Blue Eyes.

Saturday again saw an action-packed day with the Lune Valley Vintage Jazz Band and vocalist Rosie Harrison opening trad proceedings.

Then the Lancaster Community Showband under the direction of Paul Froggatt filled the Gardens with big band swing.

Finally the Round Midnight Quintet kept the audience wanting more on a warm afternoon.

A change of style in the evening saw the six-piece Boogie Bill’s Billionaires create a lovely intimate vibe at the Trimpell East Wing with their unique boogie woogie set fearing the fantastic vocals of Laura Andrews.

See The Visitor (13-07-11) for full story.