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NEWS: Scarborough 2018 announces first names

The Gareth Lockrane Big Band
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Peter Bacon reports:

Scarborough Jazz Festival (28-30 September 2018) has lined up a pair of star-studded big bands to fill the Scarborough Spa Grand Hall, winner of the Jazz Venue of the Year prize in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

The Gareth Lockrane Big Band and the Stan Sulzmann Neon Orchestra will be providing the brass punch, and they line up alongside familiar names like Alan Barnes, Dave Newton, Tony Kofi, Nigel Price and John Etheridge
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Visiting international artists are Leila Martial, a singer from France, and Woody Black 4, a clarinet quartet from Vienna. There will be tributes to singers Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday from Jo Harrop and Vimala Rowe, respectively.

As part of the Jazz North Introduces scheme the young experimental Manchester-based quartet Andchuck will be playing, and other artists confirmed include the all-female septet Nerija and the Matt Ridley Quartet.

Earlybird weekend tickets are now on sale (£90 until 30 June).

LINK: Scarborough Jazz Festival website

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