Thursday 27 October 2016

Hull Jazz Festival Winter Edition, 15-19 November

Hull is welcoming winter with 4 days of international jazz at the Hull Jazz Festival Winter Edition, which this year takes place between 15th and 19th November.

Fans of vocal jazz wil not be disappointed as the festival kicks of with GRAMMY nominee Stacy Kent (Tuesday 15th). She'll be performing material from her latest project with one of the fathers of Bossa Nova, guitarist Roberto Menescal. Then, the vocalist/guitarist collaborations continue on Thursday 17th with Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione.

The headline act for this year's festival is Robert Glasper. He appears with his band ahead of their EFG London Jazz Festival performance and will play works from their latest release, Artscience on Blue Note. (Friday 18th).

Phil Robson, one of the UK's favourite guitarists will make a visit back home from his new base in New York on Friday 18th. He appears with Ross Stanley and Gene Calderazzo at Hull University.

Talking of UK favourites, Saturday 19th sees performances from saxophonist Tom Harrison who is joined by Cleveland Watkiss to celebrate the music of Duke Ellington and closing the festival, Cuban violinist Omar Puente brings his Best Foot Forward sextet for an evening of infectious grooves and rhythms.

There is also a chance to see the next generation of jazz in action, thanks to a collaboration with Hull Music Hub. On Saturday 19th, City of Hull and East Riding Youth Jazz Orchestras will perform in addition to the very first Festival appearance by Hull Big Band.

Director David Porter says...

“We pride ourselves on introducing audiences to leading national and international artists, alongside providing inspiring performance opportunities to young jazz musicians at the start of their careers. This November’s programme is no exception. Robert Glasper Experiment launches a special season as we get ready for a big year in 2017, with Hull 2017 UK City of Culture and Hull Jazz Festival’s 25th birthday. Come join the celebrations!”

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