Programme announced for 2022 Swanage Jazz Festival (8-10 July)

The team at the Swanage Jazz Festival has announced its 2022 programme. This year’s festival will be centred around the Mowlem Theatre. The programme will present a very wide cross section of the UK scene from across several generations….


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Friday 8 July

From 2pm : Afternoon Jazz Train with Chris Walker’s Pedigree Jazz Band

From 7pm : The Salamanda Swing Band

The Sound of Bluenote Play Herbie and Wayne

Jazz Films – to be announced

L-R Jo Harrop, Alison Rayner, Ned Bennett, Alex Clarke, Nigel Price, Henry Lowther

Saturday 9 July

from 10.30am : Festival Parade with James Emmett’s Ragtime Revellers

From 12pm

The Phillip Clouts Quartet

Chris Batchelor’s Pigfoot

Nigel Price’s Wes Montgomery Re-Imagined with Tony Kofi

The Alex Clarke Quartet

The Xhosa Cole Quartet

Martin Speake’s Charukesi

Adam Glasser’s South Africa and Beyond

Kate Westbrook and Granite

The Alan Barnes Octet

Tom Waters’ Electric People

The Craig Milverton Trio – Tribute to Oscar Peterson

Greg Abate with The Craig Milverton Trio

Yazz Ahmed Quintet: Polyhymnia

Late Night DJ session with Nigel Williams of JazzFM

Traditional and Mainstream programme

From 12.15pm

James Emmett’s Ragtime Revellers

John Maddocks’ Jazzmen

Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends

Mike Denham’s Sunset Stompers

Ma Bessie and Her Blues Troupe

L-R Yazz Ahmed, Simon Spillett, Ma Bessie, Xhosa Cole, Mark Kavuma, Alan Barnes

Sunday 10 July

From 11.30am

The Nicola Farnon Trio with David Newton

The Simon Spillett Quartet

Babelfish with Brigitte Beraha

Mark Kavuma and The Banger Factory

Hampstead Jazz Club presents: Jo Harrop and Jamie McCredie

The Alison Rayner Quintet

The Nat Steele Quartet – Tribute to The MJQ

Hampstead Jazz Club presents: Paul Edis: solo piano

The Art Themen’s New Directions Quintet

Henry Lowther’s Still Waters

Trevor Watts’ Eternal Triangle

Hampstead Jazz Club presents Jo Harrop – ‘The Heart Wants’

Mark Lockheart’s Dreamers

The Simon Spillett Big Band plays the Music of Tubby Hayes

Traditional and Mainstream programme

From 11.30am

Tony Waller’s Prohibition Jazz

Rachel Hayward’s Hotsy Totsy

The TJ Johnson Band

The Harlem Meercats

Little Devils’ Tribute to Keith Nichols

Plus free Festival Fringe

in Swanage Hotels and Pubs – details to be announced

And free outdoor concerts

Here is the full text of today’s press release:

Swanage Jazz Festival Returns

Friday 8th July – Sunday 10th July 2022

After a two year absence owing to Covid, Swanage Jazz Festival returns this July with an impressive and wide ranging 40 Band line up.

The Festival runs Friday 8th – Saturday 10th July and takes place in multiple indoor venues in the Town.  It features a mix of Swanage favourites including The Alan Barnes Octet, Nigel Price with his Wes Reimagined project, Art Themen’s New Directions Quintet and US Sax player Greg Abate plus new rising stars like Xhosa Cole, Alex Clarke Quartet, Mark Kavuma and Jo Harrop.

British-Bahrani Trumpeter Yazz Ahmed and her quintet headline the Saturday night while the Festival closes on the Sunday with The Simon Spillett Big Band playing Tubby Hayes’ exuberant charts.

The Festival features British Jazz legends Henry Lowther with his Still Waters band, Trevor Watts’ Eternal Triangle and Mike and Kate Westbrook performing in Kate’s band Granite.

As ever Swanage Jazz Festival includes a Traditional and Mainstream programme including Ma Bessie and Her Blues Troupe , The TJ Johnson Band, The Harlem Meercats wrapping up with The Little Devils’ Tribute to Keith Nichols who played the Festival 14 times before his untimely death in 2021.

As well as top Bandleaders, the Festival will be packed with some of the best names in British Jazz, appearing as sidesman.  Pianist Dave Newton accompanies both Alex Clarke and Bassist and vocalist Nicola Farnon. Bassist Dave Green appears with Henry Lowther and also with Alex Clarke.  Saxist Jason Yarde and guitarist Rob Luft perform with Adam Glasser’s South Africa and Beyond.  Saxist Tony Kofi is with Nigel Price, Alex Dankworth is with Simon Spillett in both Quartet and Big Band form. Drum legend Clark Tracey is with Alan Barnes, Gareth Williams is with Art Themen and Bassist Chris Laurence with Babelfish.

The Festival will also be running a free Fringe Festival featuring local bands at several venues including the Bandstand and the Grand Hotel plus Friday night Jazz Films, free to Stroller ticket holders.

Some further acts are yet to be booked and further announcements will be made


LINKS: Bookings at the Swanage Jazz Festival website

2 replies »

  1. Why are the only bands listed in the programme for Sunday, the ones that are playing at the Mowlem Theatre? There are lots of other bands playing at different venues and centres but they aren’t included and described as are the others. Why haven’t they been included. And where do we find a list of the Fringe performances and the venues/ times

    • Paul Kelly, Chair of the Festival writes:
      “Dear Mrs Taylor

      Swanage Jazz Festival was delighted that London Jazz News carried so much detail of our January Press Release.

      But to get the full details of the programme you need to look at our website where you will find the full Festival programme and a link to the Festival’s printed programme which will be handed out to ticket buyers at the weekend.

      Paul Kelly, Chair, Swanage Jazz Festival” (quote ends)

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