Internationally renowned saxophonist Andy Sheppard will be headlining the annual Lancaster Jazz Festival with his band Trio Libero next month.
Heading back to the UK from his seven-month world tour promoting his new album, Sheppard will be performing at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster on September 22.
The week-long festival, which runs between September 15 and 23, is heading into its second year promoting the best jazz talent from around the UK.
Other acclaimed and talented acts, from both Lancaster and further afield, include Altenholtz Big Band, LRGS Big Band, Swerve Trio, Deep Cabaret, Neil C Young, Eliza Ramsey Trio, Matt Anderson Quartet, Off the Rails, Palladium, Adverse Camber, Stuart McCallum and Phil Meadows Group.
Venues taking part include The Gregson Centre, The Borough, Lancaster University, Lancaster Baptist Church and The Stonewell Tavern.
The most prolific UK saxophonist of the last 20 years, Andy Sheppard’s second ECM album introduces his new trio with Michel Benita and Sebastian Rochford.
A spokesman for the festival said: “All three players share a sense of stylistic open-mindedness.
“Drummer Rochford is one of the young players changing perceptions of British jazz, with bands Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland.
“Algiers-born French bassist Benita has played with Archie Shepp, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz and in the ELB trio with Nguyên Lê and Peter Erskine.
“This year is a very exciting year for us we have bigger names, more venues, and we are squeezing them all into an eight-day festival.
“Every September we showcase the best in contemporary jazz, as well as great local and community talent.”
For full details of the festival, and tickets, visit www.lancasterjazz.com.