Clare Teal, Gaz Hughes and Joe Stilgoe - in the Southport Jazz Festival mix for 2024

Here's the line-up for next month's Southport Jazz Festival to be held in the Grand in the north west of England seaside town. Friday 2nd February: 1pm - Dean Masser Quartet - A Salute to Dexter Gordon 4pm - Matt Carmichael - Marram 8.30pm - …

Published: 17 Jan 2024. Updated: 41 days.

Here's the line-up for next month's Southport Jazz Festival to be held in the Grand in the north west of England seaside town.

Friday 2nd February:

1pm - Dean Masser Quartet - A Salute to Dexter Gordon

4pm - Matt Carmichael - Marram

8.30pm - Swingtime Big Band with Matt Ford & Emma Holcroft

Saturday 3rd February:

12.30pm - Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra

3pm - Gaz Hughes Trio

7pm - The Clare Teal 4

10pm - Elliot Henshaw Band

Sunday 4th February:

1pm - Mike Smith Jazz Quintet featuring Jamie Brownfield

4pm - TRYPL

8pm - The Joe Stilgoe Trio

Ticket link and more information

Clare Teal, pictured.

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John Ellis Quartet, Bizet: Carmen in Jazz, Blue Room Music ***1/2

I am not at all a fan of jazzing up classical music as a rule because some essence of the original music seems to evaporate in the transformation and you are left with some sort of middle way that is never that satisfying. But there are exceptions …

Published: 16 Jan 2024. Updated: 42 days.

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I am not at all a fan of jazzing up classical music as a rule because some essence of the original music seems to evaporate in the transformation and you are left with some sort of middle way that is never that satisfying. But there are exceptions and I think Bizet: Carmen in Jazz is one especially when saxist/bass clarinettist John Ellis' quartet move beyond the oh so familiar themes of Bizet's and feed in new improvisations that the themes have inspired. I'd go for 'Gypsy Song' and 'Card Song' as the meatiest of the tracks here in terms of improvisation. But overall Jason Marsalis on drums injects a lot of pace - the quartet completed by the great bassist Reuben Rogers and revered pianist Gary Versace, so it's a fine band at work. And it's surprising what develops the more the band frees itself away from the edifices of the famous melodies themselves. SG