Ipswich Jazz Festival 2021

John Watson writes :

The fifth Ipswich Jazz Festival was able to go ahead over the weekend (June 26-27), with strict Covid-19 precautions including the audience distanced and masked.

Artists who appeared at the festival, held at St Peters By The Waterfront arts centre – a large converted church – included singer Tina May, trumpeter Enrico Tomasso, harpist Alina Bzhezhinska with her Hip Harp group, saxophonist Derek Nash with his latin group Picante, organist Jim Watson’s Band with a tribute to Chick Corea, swing group Kansas Smitty’s and trumpeter Byron Wallen with his band Four Corners.

Harp virtuoso Alina Bzhezhinksa at the Ipswich Jazz Festival. Photo © John Watson /
Derek Nash with guitarist Dominic Ashworth, and percussionist Satin Singh in the background. Photo © John Watson /
Trumpeter Byron Wallen – eloquent soloing with his band Four Corners. Photo © John Watson /
Tina May – passion and swing at Ipswich. Photo © John Watson /

Organist and pianist Jim Watson, whose band paid tribute to the late Chick Corea. They replaced the trio of saxophonist Xhosa Cole in the festival programme, after Xhosa tested positive for Covid-19 earlier last week. Photo © John Watson /

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Enrico Tomasso in fiery form with the Chris Ingham Trio. Photo © John Watson /
Intense playing from tenor saxophonist Paul Booth, who appeared with the Jim Watson Band. Photo © John Watson /

Swing group Kansas Smitty’s brought the 2021 Ipswich festival to a close. Photo © John Watson /

Improvising dancer Petronella Wiehahn with saxophonist Mark Hurrell and bassist Sam Ingvorsen in the Motuz Group. Photo © John Watson /

Rosina Hepburn singing with her band at Ipswich. Photo © John Watson /

As the organizers of the festival said : “It’s nice to be back with live jazz!” It is indeed hard to argue with that. It was indeed a very enjoyable festival

LINK: Ipswich Jazz Festival website

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