Wednesday 8 July 2015

Wigan International Jazz Festival, 9th-12th July

It's the 30th birthday of the Wigan International Jazz Festival this year and they've programmed a ton of live jazz from small and large ensembles between 9th and 12th July to celebrate.

Vocalist Andy Prior and his big band open the festival on Thursday 9th, paying tribute to Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller (audiences beware; there's a rugby game on so get to the gig in plenty of time!). In fact, a whole host of large groups and big band perform across the weekend including Echoes of Ellington, Rob Fowler's Gerry Mulligan Jazz Band and the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra featuring Ryan Quigley and Paul Booth. Festival director Ian Darrington has put together a dream big band as a birthday celebration featuring the likes of Andy Greenwood, AJ Brown and Georgina Jackson.

The festival has teamed up with some partners to host special small group performances includign Simon Read Octet (in partnership with Jazz North) and Johnstone, Jarvie and Lowrie (in partnership with Edinburgh Jazz Festival).

Tickets can be booked online and a full festival programme is available on their website.

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