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Southport Jazz Festival pictures

A short post to upload a few photos of The Southport Jazz Festival. Apart from a few robust gusts of wind which briefly disrupted  at the outdoor locations the weather was mercifully kind. As usual, a number of musicians who have supported Beaufort Jazz evenings were performing.

Vernon Fuller was in demand as a solo performer and with Willy Fluss as Twin Frets. Vernon’s gig at the Wine Cellar with his own distinctive style of jazz funk was exceptional and justifiably well received by the audience. If a feel good grove was what you sought then one act to definitely see was Mamadou and the Super Libidor featuring Tom Sykes on violin.

On a non Beaufort theme anyone who caught the Sefton Jazz Orchestra and Ensemble would have no doubt enjoyed their double set. Featuring young musicians throughout the Sefton Area, the Orchestra and Ensemble knock out a big band sound which has to be said is impressive. There were many highlights in their sets, however, a personal favourite was Sing Sing Sing evoking memories of the Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa era. Well done.

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May 23, 2012 Posted by | Music Reviews | , | Leave a comment

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.  

Swingology

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 | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments