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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

Gig update including latest on the Southport Jazz Festival

Southport Jazz FestivalOnce again a number of musicians who support our Beaufort Jazz evenings will be participating at the Southport International Jazz Festival. Two gigs that have come to our attention will be held in the Town Hall Gardens. The Garden gigs are free for the general public to enjoy and on a fine day there can be few better ways to spend a little time. It’s worth noting that in the event of bad weather these gigs are relocated to one of the nearby hotels. This year it seems to be the Bold Hotel – but please check.

Swingology – Town Hall Gardens – 2.30pm Friday 11th May

Petrus –  Town Hall Gardens –  11.30am Saturday 12th May

We also understand that Vernon Fuller, Twin Frets and Modjango will be appearing. If you want to check out the full line-up you can download the famous pocket guide Festival programme by clicking here. It’s good to see that some new venues have been added this year and hopefully they will be well attended.

If you miss Petrus at the Festival they will also be playing at the Wilmslow Conservative Club on the 14th May (8 pm start).

Last but not least, Adam Palma will be performing with Joscho Stephan at the Barnaby Arts Festival at 8pm in the Macclesfield Town Hall on the 24th June. They will also be holding a master class earlier the same day at 2pm in the live room of Cabin 5150 recording studios. This is a rare appearance in the UK from Joscho and his website lists this as his only UK date. John McCormick will feature on bass and Kristyna Myles will be the guest vocalist. Definitely one to include on your gig list.

May 8, 2012 Posted by | Event Announcements | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Southport Jazz Festival – events announced

Southport Jazz festival logoThe line up for the Southport International Jazz Festival has just been announced with the event programme now available online. Please feel free to click on the blue text which will allow you to view and download the programme. For the first time the Festival will take place over 5 days from May 25th to the 29th with a gig on the Wednesday night at The Shrimper on Fylde Road. As usual there are a number of very familiar faces appearing at the Festival who have played at Beaufort Jazz evenings over the years…..

Funkus Monkus Noon Town Hall Gardens – Thursday 26th May

Twin Frets Noon Town Hall Gardens – Friday 27th May

Petrus 2.30pm Town Hall Gardens – Friday 27th May

Sunday Brunch with Vernon Fuller 11am Lords Café Bar – Sunday 29th May

Modjango 2.30pm The Inn Beer Shop – Sunday 29th May

Swingology 5pm Town Hall Gardens – Sunday 29th May

All gigs are taken from the event programme but you would be wise to double-check before travelling. In bad weather last year some of the outdoor events in the Town Hall Gardens were moved indoors to the Prince of Wales Hotel – but this wasn’t very well publicised with just a small insignificant notice on the railings to entrance on Lord Street. So if you are in Southport and it is raining it’s worth checking to see if the event is happening indoors somewhere.

Enjoy!

May 2, 2011 Posted by | Event Announcements | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beaufort musicians – gig update

A quick update with two events where Beaufort Jazz musicians will be playing in the near future.

Adam Palma will be playing at the Northern Guitar Show which will be held at the Aintree Racecourse Exhibition Centre on Sunday 28th November. The show will be open from 10am to 5pm. We hope to post a bit more about the show nearer the date.

Dobbies Garden World in Southport have started a monthly jazz evening.  Petrus (featuring Tom Sykes on violin) will be playing on Thursday 26th October between 5.30 and 6.30pm. Apparently this early evening event started in August with Vernon Fuller performing – unfortunately we didn’t learn about it in time to give Vernon a mention here.

Finally, don’t forget its our 8th anniversary tonight. Zazous Anglais will be our featured performance (see below), along with the many other fine musicians who will play. Hope you can join us.

October 4, 2010 Posted by | Event Announcements | , , , , , | 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

Fine music and a brand new stage

After weeks of hard work and some frustration, the new Beaufort Jazz stage finally made its appearance last Monday. Replacing the temporary pallet and plywood construction that we had used last month, it was unveiled just in time for  the Vernon Fuller featured set.

Vernon Fuller

Vernon Fuller

Accompanied by Adam Wood on bass, Vernon opened the evening at 8pm promptly. It was a delightfully balanced set and the only disappointment was that it finished all too soon. When an artist like Vernon has such an extensive repertoire it is inevitable that some favourites get left out to make way for other excellent material. So we lost the “Girl from Ipanema” – but in return were treated to a great interpretation of “Give me the Night”.

As usual we enjoyed a varied and entertaining evening. Trez Fez were without Mr Dave Brown but still managed to perform gypsy jazz standards in their unique melodic style. The Hot Club of Knotty Ash put together an ensemble for our enjoyment and Ted Hanley was joined by Tommy who brought a certain continental flavour to the evening.

We were also very pleased to welcome for the first time the guitar duo Colin Lambert and Chris Bowers. Apparently they had never performed  a set together, not that we would have known as it sounded tight and very well rehearsed. Hopefully they will join us again soon.

The evening concluded with Adam Palma treating us to some virtuosic guitar playing. He started the set solo and then introduced Mike and Tommy to accompany him in turn with guitar and vocals. Sounding very reminiscent of Tommy Emmanuel, Adam then moved seamlessly into gypsy jazz without breaking stride. It was a commanding performance.

No Beaufort Jazz evening is complete without the mass jam at the end of evening. There were some anxious glances as the new stage was filled to capacity and the construction tested somewhat. We should not have worried, like our dedicated musicians  the stage performed magnificently

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Beaufort Reviews | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vernon Fuller update

A short post to let you know that Vernon will be accompanied on Monday by Adam Wood on electric bass. Adam has been playing for about 12 years and has a very diverse musical background including blues, prog rock and now his favourite genre, jazz and funk.

We think that it is Adam’s first performance at Beaufort Jazz so please give him a very warm welcome.

In addition to Vernon’s website which can be found here Vernon also has his myspace page which can be found here  If you want to check out Vernon’s work please feel free to explore these sites.

Our promotional poster for Vernon’s gig can be found by clicking on this link 3-5-10postervernon 

Finally, the Briars Hall Hotel have confirmed that we will have the Orangery again for informal jams and practice throughout the evening. When the main stage closes in the Ellerbrook Suite we can also move to the Orangery to wind down in some style

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vernon Fuller to headline Monday 3rd May!

We are very pleased that Vernon has agreed to headline as our featured act for Monday 3rd May.  Many of you will be very familiar with Vernon’s superb Jazz guitar and vocal style and will look forward to seeing him  perform once again at Beaufort Jazz.  If Vernon is new to you, why not take a moment to visit his website at  www.vernonfuller.co.uk 

Vernon at Alexanders

As you can see, Vernon is a very busy musician and we were delighted when he agreed  to open for us on the 3rd of May. Playing with a number of line ups he has supported such acts as Geno Washington, Snake Davis and Acoustic Alchemy. 
Last year as the duo Twin Frets with guitarist Willy Fluss,  he supported the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the annual summer classics in Southport’s Victoria Park. This was a great success and Twin Frets will support the Northern Chamber Orchestra this year at the same event.

 We have recently learnt that Vernon is now working on some up and coming gigs in association with the radio station Jazz FM. As soon as we have more details we will let you know. In the meantime put the 3rd in your diary and make sure that you don’t miss a fine musician at work. Doors will open at 7,45 for a prompt 8pm start and as usual, entrance is only £1

Following Vernon we will have the pleasure of the many other excellent musicians who will entertain us with the usual gypsy jazz sessions until the evening closes at 10.30. No announcement would be complete without some update on the long running saga of the new stage and lighting. You will be very pleased to learn that new lighting has been purchased and will be unveiled on the 3rd. The  new stage is slightly more complex and may well be ready – though it is likely to be a very close call.

Look forward to seeing you all  

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , , , , | Leave a comment