Lancaster Jazz Festival this weekend

Beats and Pieces.
Beats and Pieces.

The city will welcome some of the most exciting acts from the world of jazz when the annual Lancaster Jazz Festival kicks off this week.

Venues including The Dukes, The Hall, The Dalton Rooms, Lancaster Brewery, The Golden Lion, The Robert Gillow and The Borough will host big name acts all this week until Saturday (September 21).

The Dukes will host headline act The Neil Cowley Trio on Saturday. The band currently holds the title of Jazz FM Artist of the Year. Neil has done stints with many pop and soul artists including the Brand New Heavies and Adele.

He is described as a dazzling composer and pianist who creates dynamic music with powerful rip-roaring riffs. Tickets cost £8 for upstairs seating, £10 downstairs and £13 for cabaret seating.

On September 20, The Dalton Rooms hosts the Beats and Pieces Big Band, who are fast becoming one of the country’s most talked about jazz groups.

Other acts confirmed include Lyjo, The All-Sorts Band, LRGS Big Band, Blind Monk Trio, Olivia’s Owls, Leap featuring 7 Hertz and Matt Hewbourne.

They perform alongside some of Lancaster’s excellent homegrown talent in the venues mentioned above.

The Dukes is also hosting a day-long Jazz Festival Symposium on Friday (September 20) which will consider the role of festivals within the local economy, with high prpfile speakers including John Cumming, director of London Jazz Festival and Fiona Talkington from BBC Radio 3.