Swansea International Jazz Festival

Thursday, June 15, 2017 to Sunday, June 18, 2017

Jazz vibes will ring out in the maritime quarter once again this summer with the return of a popular showcase event which has established itself in a short time.

Swansea International Jazz Festival returns for the fourth year from June 15 to 18, with over 50 events taking place at 15 venues on land and one on the water.

It is once again in the safe hands of festival creative director Dave Cottle, who also programmes the attractions at Swansea Jazzland in Uplands every Wednesday.

“We are putting together a strong and diverse programme for 2017,” he said. “We have the musicians from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing series bringing their 14-piece band All Fired Up, which plays the music of Earth Wind and Fire. It will be their first performance outside of London.

“Ruby Turner, fresh from touring with Jools Holland, will be making an appearance with her own band, along with Joe Stilgoe presenting Songs from Films. To mark the occasion of the 90th birthday of legendary jazz pianist Stan Tracey, his son Clark presents the Stan Tracey legacy Octet and another pianist is Chris Ingham who will be presenting his jazz quartet, featuring the jazz of Dudley Moore.

“Skelton/Skinner Septet, with musicians from the BBC Big Band and the John Wilson Orchestra, will be presenting the best of British jazz. Big band fans are well catered for with the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, plus the festival big band The Power of Gower, featuring a mixture of local musicians alongside festival headline performers. We also have the Statoil Big Band from Norway.”

The Dylan Thomas Theatre and the Dylan Thomas Centre will host the ticketed concerts with a diverse programme of jazz along with workshops and a South Wales Schools Big Band workshop and concert. And there are free events at pubs all around the maritime quarter, with Swansea community boat Copper Jack also offering waterborne jazz.

It is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Swansea Council and for the fourth consecutive year the festival sponsor is Swansea-based Prescott Jones Insurance Solutions.

Managing director Ed Prescott said: “We relish our continued support for an event which we think adds a lot to the Swansea cultural scene.”

Councillor Robert Francis-Davies, cabinet member for enterprise, development and regeneration, said: “Dave Cottle and his team are doing Swansea proud with their efforts. The festival attracts visitors from away, so it is a great boost to tourism and has increased Swansea’s reputation as a centre for festivals.”

Once again festival patron is Penclawdd’s Sir Karl Jenkins, the world’s most-performed living composer.

More infor at http://sijf.co.uk/

South Wales Evening Post

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