News: Liverpool to stage new Jazz Festival in 2013

The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University. Photo: JC Joel

A new International Jazz festival starts on the 28th of February to the 3rd of March 2013 at the Capstone Theatre at Liverpool Hope University featuring the Kit Downes Quintet, pianist/composer Robert Mitchell, and the Mercury prize winning Roller Trio.

The festival also features workshops and masterclasses from saxophonists Bobby Wellins, Tony Kofi and Graeme Turner.

Sunday night the closing headliner will be Courtney Pine as part of his House of Legends tour, the theatre also sees some free performances from Liverpool-born acts like Blind Monk Trio, White Canvas and GORP.

Neil Campbell of the Capstone Theatre said, “The Festival will be the first of its kind in Liverpool and will give the opportunity to bring together some of the most high profile national and international artists alongside some of the City’s most creative local jazz musicians. Since beginning its ongoing series of jazz concerts two years ago, starting with a concert by sax legend Courtney Pine, The Capstone has staged concerts by some of the most interesting and excellent international jazz artists including Dennis Rollins, Neil Cowley, Zoe Rahman, Martin Taylor, Gwilym Simcock, Lighthouse, Jah Wobble, Stacey Kent, Kairos 4tet, Tigran, Eduardo Niebla, Phronesis, Portico Quartet and Tommy Smith. I think that through The Capstone’s programme, Merseyside audiences are being given the opportunity to experience world class musicians who otherwise would not have performed in the City.

The full programme is:

Roller Trio

Thursday 28th February 2013, 7.30pm


Martin Smith’s The Weave

Thursday 28th February 2013, 10pm

Free admission

Led Bib

Friday 1st March, 7.30pm



Friday 1st March, 10pm

Free admission

Robert Mitchell

Saturday 2nd March, 2pm


White Canvas

Saturday 2nd March, 4.30pm

Free admission

Kit Downes Quintet

Saturday 2nd March, 7.30pm


Perri and Neil Quartet

Saturday 2nd March, 10pm

Free admission

Denys Baptiste’s Triumvirate

Sunday 3rd March, 3pm


Blind Monk Trio

Sunday 3rd March, 5.30pm

Free admission

Courtney Pine House of Legends

Sunday 3rd March, 8pm



Taming the Saxophone – Tone Production- Bobby Wellins and Tony Kofi

Sunday 3rd March,


How to Improvise Effectively- Graeme Turner

Sunday 3rd March,


Tickets can be purchased from the box office on 0844 8000 410, on online at www.thecapstonetheatre.com

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