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Beaufort regulars at the Southport Jazz Festival

Nouveau Django

As in previous years, Beaufort Jazz musicians were out in force at the Southport Jazz Festival giving some fine performances to audiences new and old alike. Many of the appearances this year were in the picturesque Town Hall gardens just in front of the Southport Arts Centre on Lord Street. 

Petrus with Tom Sykes on violin opened the Festival on Thursday at 12 noon in the gardens. A stiff Southport breeze and a grey sky didn’t deter an appreciative audience who were treated to a light and melodic start to the day’s program. 

Thankfully, the weather improved during the day and Funkus Monkus played their 5pm set in bright sunshine. Vernon Fuller was joined by Kim Rankin on vocals with Adam Wood in particularly good form on bass.  Feel good music at its best.

Friday showcased Nouveau Django who gave their usual accomplished performance to what was very nearly a full venue with standing room only in the gardens. It seemed that many of the younger members of the audience were hearing gypsy jazz for the first time -so hopefully they might search us out at Beaufort Jazz in the near future.  


The outdoor programme in the gardens concluded at 5pm on the Sunday with Swingology in fine form. Once again the sunshine was in evidence and the growing audience spilled out onto Lord Street to catch a varied and entertaining set.  Complementing their gypsy jazz repertoire with numbers from Tom Jones and Mary Hopkin, they brought the audience to their feet for some impromptu dancing. A splendid finale. 

Sadly, we lost the Saturday events due to constant rain when we were expecting to see more of Vernon Fuller and Tom Sykes with various line ups. Such is life. 

The next monthly Beaufort Jazz night will be on Monday 7th June at the Briars Hall Hotel in Burscough, Lancashire when the Hot Club of Knotty Ash will be our featured band. It will be another excellent evenings entertainment, so please don’t be late. Doors open at 7.45pm – entry only £1


May 31, 2010 - Posted by | Music Reviews | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Just to update you on the Southport Jazz Festival. I still played the Saturday gig earlier in the day at the Prince of Wales hotel with TRazz and then followed by my solo gig at Lord’s Cafe Bar on Sunday which was a sell-out.

    Details below of my upcoming Quartet gig in Manchester in association with Jazz FM.

    Keep up the great work!

    Comment by Vernon Fuller | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Vernon – good to hear from you.

      I did notice (after the event) that TRazz had been moved to the Prince of Wales Hotel. Its a great pity that this wasnt more prominently advertised at the Town Hall gardens. I would have attended.

      Funkus Monkus were excellent – apologies for lack of photos on the blog due to camera battery failure!

      Very pleased to hear your solo gig at Lords Cafe Bar was a sell out. I will post again in more detail about your gig at Club 43.

      Comment by beaufortjazz | June 10, 2010 | Reply

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