NEWS: Third Drayton Court Jazz Festival Programme Announced (17-19 August. London W13, free admission)

The Drayton Court Festival ad Dusk
Photo credit: John Ross Photography

Dick Esmond, who for many years ran the Ealing Jazz Festival, and Andrew Butcher have announced the programme for the third Drayton Court Jazz Festival, which this year runs for three days from Friday 17 August until Sunday 19 August 2018. Admission to all events is free. The organizers describe it as “more than a Jazz Festival: an outdoor party with a wide range of ales, hog roast etc.”

Their release states:

“Following on from the success of last year’s Jazz Festival at the Drayton Court in Ealing, the line-up for this year’s extended three-day event features many of the UK’s best jazz musicians.

The Drayton Court Festival is a now hugely anticipated jazz event for West London: accessible and popular jazz from well-known bands with local connections, and FREE admission.

Dick Esmond who was the co-founder and artistic director of the Ealing Jazz Festival for 30 years says “the line-up for this third year is as strong as ever, bringing locally led bands to a key local event without parallel in the borough”.

The Festival was established in response to overwhelming demand from local fans and musicians following widely expressed disappointment at the removal in 2016 of popular local musicians from the council-run Ealing Jazz Festival. Now, in the attractive setting of the pub’s spacious garden, the unique community spirit has been restored. In addition to the main stage bands that run through each day, there are performances between sets by a series of jazz duos in the bar area, making for a music filled vibrant weekend of Ealing Jazz at its festive best.”



6.00pm Ken McCarthy Duo
7.15pm Chris Hodgkins Quintet
8.15pm Ken McCarthy Duo
9.00pm Matt Wates Sextet


1.00pm Alan Berry Duo 2.00pm Pete Cook Quintet
3.00pm Alan Berry Duo
3.45pm Frank Griffith Quintet
4.45pm Max Brittain & John Coverdale
5.30pm Nick Mills` Blue Note Project
6.30pm Max Brittain & John Coverdale
7.15pm Gill Cook Quintet
8.15pm Max Brittain & John Coverdale
9.00pm Jack Honeyborne & Company


12.00pm Jon Taylor`s JT4tet 1.00pm Jack Honeyborne Duo
2.00pm Ken McCarthy Quintet
3.00pm Jack Honeyborne Duo
3.45pm Winston Morson`s Off The Cuff
4.45pm Nigel Fox Duo
5.30pm Andrew Butcher & Butcher`s Brew
6.30pm Nigel Fox Duo
7.30pm Dick Esmond`s Sound of 17 Big Band

The festival is at Drayton Court Hotel, The Avenue, West Ealing, London, W13 8PH

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