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Friday 25th August - Sunday 27th August
Led by well-known Jazz musician Paul Edis, this band, made up of the rising starts of youth jazz musicians, is performing with skill beyond their years. Alumni of this great local band going on to do great things in the musical industry. Perhaps the finest start to a weekend of Jazz, this free performance is not to be missed.
Led by a ‘brilliant young pianist’ (Alyn Shipton, The Guardian) the Paul Edis Sextet is steeped in the straight-ahead tradition, but with an original and contemporary edge. With a front line of trumpet, tenor sax and trombone, the sound of this talented group is reminiscent of the great Art Blakey ensemble, with roots in the early 1960s Jazz scene. With some intricate arrangements, solid grooves and exquisite melodies, Paul Edis has wowed audiences and critics alike with performances to date. A good way to round off the first day of our Jazz festival with style and flare. Tickets £8
The critically acclaimed duo, channelling vibes of Reinhardt and Grappelli, have performed in some of the Regions finest Jazz venues. Preparing material for an album, they are sure to perform both new and old songs as part of their performance in the grounds of Ushaw. Don’t miss a chance to see this pair, before their albums fly off the shelves. Tickets £8
Who hasn’t heard of this renowned North east youngster, alumni of the Early Bird Band and incredible guitarist, Francis Tulip. Backed by his equally skilled band, Francis is bound to have you on your feet with music inspired by Coltrane and Shorter. Come along and see another rising jazz star with a big future. Tickets £5
Performing the music of T.S. Monk, and described as a duo to be contenders for ‘gig of the year’ by Bebop Spoken Here, pianist Paul Edis and Saxophonist Graeme Wilson team up to provide a relaxing afternoon of smooth jazz. For both fans of Monk and those who have never experienced his music, this pair will surely provide the best introduction to such great jazz. Tickets £5
Fancy listening to the legacy of a brilliant trumpeter, who played alongside Billie Holiday for many years? What about the smooth vocals of the mysterious ‘Lady J’, one of the UK’s foremost Holiday interpreters? If a treasure trove of well written and expertly performed music from the golden era of Jazz sounds like your thing, come and see this wonderful group for just £10!
Back again with wonderful music, Paul Edis teams up with two other great performers to provide you with a free, late night, improvised jam session. A mixture of styles and sounds to be expected, with the only chance to hear some of the group’s music presenting itself at Ushaw. Tickets FREE
Why don’t you come along and listen to another phenomenal jazz guitarist, Chris Starkey, whose internationally recognised skill will have you on your feet from the moment he starts. Reviewed as ‘the cutting-edge’ of improvised Jazz guitar technique, Chris Starkey is sure to provide a good start to the last day of out Jazz festival. Tickets £8
Play an instrument? Love Jazz? Paul Edis will be providing you with the chance to play in a collaborative composition and improvisation workshop leading to a short performance as part of the Ushaw Jazz Festival 2017. Limited places available, but if you want to play with some of the best musicians in the world, get your tickets now. Tickets £5
Support another young group as the Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra comes to Ushaw. Intended as a band for the finest alumni of the Leeds College of Music, the orchestra plays music from the 40s and 50s, offering you a slice of professional performance by a new generation of musicians. A brilliant way to end a weekend of Jazz. Tickets £10