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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Jazz talent lines up

KESWICK Jazz Festival returns once more with 100 world-class events taking place in just four days.

Now in its 21st year, the main festival runs in venues across the town from next Thursday to Sunday May 6.

However, this year there is also a pre-festival event at the Theatre by the Lake.

Warming up audiences will be a series of performances from some of the masters of jazz, kicking off with Alan Barnes and Dave Newton, and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. Both of these shows are on Sunday.

Keith Stephen’s Hot Club Trio and Paul Jones and Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen are Monday’s two acts, while the Big Chris Barber Band and Langham, Litton and Sked are there the following night.

Next Wednesday is the biggest warm-up event, with the Fryer-Barnhart All-Stars, Keith Nichols’ International Orchestra and John Hallam’s Grasmere Five all performing shows at the Theatre by the Lake.

The Jazz Festival itself sees 100 different bands and star guests from around the world descending on Keswick.

Visiting for the first time is legendary American pianist Butch Thompson, along with top New Orleans drummer Frank Oxley and Canadian trumpet star Patrick Tevlin, joining forces to launch Brian Carrick’s International Band.

Returning by demand is US trumpet supremo Duke Heitger, as well as fellow Americans Jeff Barnhart, Jim Fryer and Joan Viskant, not forgetting Europe’s leading reedsman Matthias Seuffert. Alongside these will be a “who’s who” of British talent in traditional and mainstream jazz, with names including Amy Roberts, Enrico Tomasso, Mellow Avstreih and Spats Langham.

The full programme is available from www.theatrebythelake.co.uk and tickets and passes are available from the venue’s box office.

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