All that jazz and more

Beats & Pieces Big Band
Beats & Pieces Big Band

The city will welcome some of the most exciting acts from the world of jazz when the annual Lancaster Jazz Festival kicks off later this month.

Venues including The Dukes, The Hall, The Dalton Rooms, Lancaster Brewery, The Golden Lion, The Robert Gillow and The Borough will host big name acts between September 15 and 21.

The Dukes Round is hosting headline act The Neil Cowley Trio on September 21, who currently hold the title of Jazz FM Artist of the Year.

Neil has done stints with many pop and soul artists including the Brand New Heavies and Adele.

He is described as a dazzling composer and pianist who creates dynamic music with powerful rip-roaring riffs - “an accessible sound with some serious grooves.”

Tickets are priced £8 for upstairs seating, £10 downstairs and £13 for cabaret seating.

On September 20, The Dalton Rooms hosts the Beats & Pieces Big Band, who are fast becoming one of the country’s most talked about jazz groups.

Led by composer and conductor Ben Cottrell, its 14 members are drawn from some of the most exciting and in demand young musicians active in the UK today, all of whom met and began playing together whilst students in Manchester.

Expect music that draws on a wide range of influences from Loose Tubes to Radiohead to redefine the role of the big band for a new generation.

Other acts confirmed include Lyjo, The All-Sorts Band, LRGS Big Band, Blind Monk Trio, Olivia’s Owls, Leap feat. 7 Hertz and Matt Hewbourne.

They perform alongside some of Lancaster’s excellent homegrown talent in the venues mentioned previously.

The Dukes is also hosting the day-long Jazz Festival Symposium on September 20, which will consider the role of festivals within the local economy, with high profile speakers including John Cumming, director of London Jazz Festival, Fiona Talkington from BBC Radio 3, and Prof George McKay.

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