Pine and Rollins jazz it up

Dennis Rollins plays Lancaster Jazz Festival.
Dennis Rollins plays Lancaster Jazz Festival.

International jazz legends Courtney Pine and Dennis Rollins will headline the fourth Lancaster Jazz Festival next month.

Courtney Pine will open the festival at the Dukes with his critically acclaimed House of Legends set on Thursday, September 18, at 7.30pm with tickets priced at £20.

It will be the second time the iconic saxophonist has headlined the festival, having appeared way back in 2008.

The remarkable Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio will take centre stage on Saturday, September 20, as they bring their fusion of trombone, Hammond Organ and drums to The Round at the Dukes.

Rollins’ sensational trombone-led trio will come to the festival as headliners fresh off the back of a new album release in the summer with tickets ranging from as little as £5 up to £20.

Tickets for both events are available from the Dukes and can be purchased online at www.dukes-lancaster.org/book-tickets or over the phone on 01524 598500.

Speaking ahead of the festival, Lancaster Jazz Festival Director, Matt Robinson said: “This is the fourth artist led LJF and it’s by far the biggest and best programme to date.”

In addition to the two headline acts there are a whole host of incredible jazz artists performing in five other venues around Lancaster during the festival.

Lancaster Brewery will host the Youth Jazz Stage on Friday, September 19, from 7-11pm featuring Jazzwise’s “One to Watch 2014”, Tom Green and his septet followed by Zeitgeist and the Lancaster Royal Grammar School Big Band.

The winners of this year’s Jazz North Introduces, Jam Experiment, who can count BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, Alex Bone, among their ranks, will then close the show at 10.15pm.

All of the other events at this year’s festival are completely free, including an all day event that will take place outdoors in Sun Square from 11am-6.30pm on Saturday 20 September.

The Sun Square Stage will open with an Off The Rails workshop followed by a live performance by the band. The Paul Edis Sextet and Slowlight Quartet will also feature before the London based Samuel Eagles Quartet close the show at 5pm.

If it rains the event will be moved to The Hall.

The Robert Gillow will be hosting Jazz Breakfasts from 9.30am-11am from September 19-21, with audiences invited to enjoy their breakfast with some live local jazz music.

Finally, The Hall, will be the venue for the conclusion of this year’s festival with an entire afternoon of jazz on Sunday, September 21.

Running from 1pm-5pm the day will feature Pete Edwards, Deep Cabaret, Leo Geyer & Khymerikal and The Elliot Galvin Trio.

For more details about the jazz festival visit www.lancasterjazz.com or email jack@lancasterjazz.com