Wednesday, August 3 2022

The Swansea International Jazz Festival is back with a lineup packed with legendary artists and familiar favourites.

Swansea Council has partnered with Swansea Jazz Club and this year Swansea International Jazz Festival will be held at venues across Swansea from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26e June 2022.

The concert program opens with Bruce Adams (trumpet) and Alan Barnes (saxophone), two award-winning and highly respected musicians on the UK jazz scene, playing Swansea Jazz Club at the Garage Music Venue in Uplands.

The Dylan Thomas Theater in the Maritime District is the scene of festivals and five other ticketed events, starting with the Simon Spillett Big Band playing the music of Tubby Hayes on Friday nights. Spillett’s 17-piece Big Band is made up of the cream of British jazz musicians, all regular members of the BBC Big Band and the Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra.

On Saturday afternoon, the Karen Sharp Quartet take the stage, shining the spotlight on two of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, Karen Sharp (saxophone) and Nikki Iles (piano). By contrast, the James Taylor Quartet, which performs on Saturday nights, has set the standard for the coolest sounds of funky acid jazz for over 30 years, led by James on the Hammond organ.

The Louis and Ella Music show will recreate the great songs of the swing era on Sunday afternoons, featuring authentic arrangements of the songs Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald recorded together and individually. The festival culminates on Sunday evening with Some Kinda Wonderful, a band created by and featuring Jools Holland saxophonist Derek Nash, and with the haunting vocals of Noel McCalla, they’ll have you dancing to the great tunes of Stevie Wonder.

Swansea Council for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism Cabinet Member Cllr Robert Francis-Davies said: “We are delighted to partner with the Swansea International Jazz Festival, which has become a fixture on the city’s events calendar.

“The festival attracts some of the finest musicians from the UK jazz scene playing a range of styles across the jazz music genre, which I’m sure audiences across the Swansea area will enjoy.

The Swansea International Jazz Festival has done a great job establishing the Festival over the past few years and we now look forward to working collaboratively to continue its success and grow it even further”

Swansea Jazz Club Artistic Director Dave Cottle said: “We didn’t have much time for this year’s festival, but we managed to put together an excellent and varied jazz program quickly.

“There are also big concerts to look forward to and some big favorites are returning to the stroller programme. Swansea Marina will be buzzing again for a weekend of live jazz!

“We are delighted to be working with Swansea Council and look forward to exciting times ahead”

Patron of the Sir Karl Jenkins Festival rejoices that the Swansea International Jazz Festival is back for 2022. He said, “It’s great news that the festival is back this year. It’s been a very difficult time for the entire music industry and musicians, especially the past two years.

“However, the return of the festival is a positive sign that things are finally getting back to normal and I hope people can come out and support the concerts this year.”

As well as the exciting line-up of ticketed concerts, this year’s festival has a packed buggy program at venues across Swansea’s maritime district including: The Pumphouse, Queens Hotel, The Swigg, The Riverhouse and the Amphitheater outside from the LC input.

Also on the program this year is the series of jazz cruises aboard the Copper Jack, a classic that circles the River Tawe, with Ellie Jones and Gary Phillips on Saturday afternoon and the Afternoon in Paris Duo on Sunday.

(Main image: Swansea Council)

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