Marlborough Jazz Festival
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The music varies from Traditional Jazz, to Blues, to African Rhythms, to Fusion, to Swing, to Latin, to Bebop and everything in between.
The venues are all within easy walking distance of each other.
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Trad Jazz band.
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Adam Winslet Band
Funk, rock and soul covers including hits by legendary artists such as Tom Jones, James Brown, Otis Reading and Stevie Wonder.
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Alan 'Sticky' Wicket's Little Big Band
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Alan Skidmore Quartet
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Asaf Sirkis Trio
Trio with a compelling intensity. Featuring Asaf on drums, Tassos Spiliotopoulus on guitar and Yaron Stavi on bass.
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Five piece Hi-life dance band fusing the best in African and Western music featuring master drummer Ben Baddoo.
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Grammy nominated jazz singer and saxophonist who previously spent a staggering 62 weeks at the top of the US Smooth Jazz Chart.
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A legend of the jazz world since the early 1950s, playing the best in trad jazz, swing, blues and big band sounds. Barber is an icon of traditional jazz in the UK.
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Chris Jagger's Atcha!
The band is fronted by the youthful, charismatic brother of, you guessed it, Mick Jagger. They play straight forward, honest tunes that you just have to dance to. Good time music in a variety of styles: country, blues, zydeco and Cajun.
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Winner of numerous awards, voted Jazz Vocalist of the Year three times running. This talented jazz vocalist and songwriter, whose influences range from Ella Fitzgerald to Cole Porter and Noel Coward, is '...one of the best vocal talents to emerge from the UK in a long, long while' (Michael Parkinson). Clare won British Jazz Singer of the year in both 2005 and 2007, and BBC Jazz Singer Of The Year 2006.
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Six-piece hot, pulsating Latin Jazz led by pianist Terry Seabrook, with kicking dance rhythms and exciting trumpet duels. A highly original band with its marvellous variety of harmonic and textural effects.
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Darius Brubeck Quartet
Playing to sold-out houses at regional festivals and clubs, the quartet’s acoustic sound is melodic, spontaneous, rhythmic and engaging. Darius, while known for representing his famous father’s (Dave Brubeck) musical legacy and for his work in South Africa, is an imaginative jazz composer and performing his compositions is an important reason for the group’s popularity.
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Acid Jazz signings playing original 60s/70s funky jazz, mod, and Northern Soul. One of the most exciting Soul Jazz outfits in the UK today, and have established themselves as one of the finest live acts around. Their blistering horns, searing guitar and gut-wrenching Hammond are fuelled by a hard grooving rhythm section, producing a hip-shakingly powerful combination of jazz, funk and boogaloo in keeping with the finest traditions of the classic Blue Note sound. A great band to party and dance all night long! With Nick Etwell on trumpet, Osian Roberts on tenor sax, Nigel Price on guitar, Pete Whittaker on Hammond, Dan Drury on bass and Simon Lea on drums.
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Fresh Dixie Project
The Fresh Dixie Project are 5 young gents from the South East, pumping out the most hard-hitting, chin-scratching, toe tapping tunes you ever did hear. With a mix of re vamped standards and fresh original material, these boys will break down even the most reluctant of dance floor goers. Expect vocal acrobatics, punchy drums, chunky guitar, some piano twinkles and a sax on fire!
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Gary Crosby's Groundation
Groundation play progressive jazz with some Afrobeat accents interspersed with thoughtful ballads.
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Georgia Mancio Trio
Jazz vocalist leading her own trio.
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The legendary Hammond Organ player and vocalist, Georgie Fame, has enjoyed an unrivalled career for over 50 years - criss-crossing the musical boundaries of pop, rock'n'roll, jazz and rhythm & blues. 'Sends us home happy to have been in the presence of genuine cool' (The Guardian)
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Hackney Colliery Band
A 9 piece brass, Funk, Hip-Hop marching-band, to rival The Young Blood Brass Band and blow your mind. East London’s Hackney Colliery Band are leading the charge in a groundswell of new groups reinventing the all-acoustic brass band for the 21st century. Mining musical nuggets from an array of genres, their setlist is as diverse as the London borough that gave them their name. Their highly acclaimed 2012 debut Common Decency received worldwide airplay including an almost full house at the BBC with plays across BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 and 6Music. Live, they’ve taken their unique collision of styles everywhere from Kosovo to the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics where they performed to a global audience of 1 billion! Constantly striving to explore new musical horizons, the Hackney Colliery Band have yielded some truly special moments with collaborations with artists as diverse as Amy Winehouse, Eliza Doolittle, the Urban Voices Collective gospel choir, and hip hop band Lazy Habits.
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Alphonse Daudet Touna, has worked solidly on building a creative outlet for his musical inspiration and his six-piece band Hélélé is the result. He has played around the world on a journey that has taken him from Cameroon in West Africa, through France and Italy, to the UK. Now a resident of Bristol, he has formed the band with some of the city’s finest session and jazz musicians. Lead vocal, he plays a balafon (an African marimba) he made himself. The rich balafon melody creates another style of afro-jazz through a mix of sound inspired by the equatorial rhythms from the Bantu forest such as Assiko, Bikoutsi, Makouné, Makossa and Bolobo. Their performances are spontaneous and alive. Full of vibration and energy, the band elevates the crowd through the infectious dance rhythms of jazz, Afro-beat and funk. Great solos are weaved within the framework of rare grooves and percussion.
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Gilmore & Roberts
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound.
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Kit Downes Quintet
An exciting group, led by the talented, award-winning pianist and composer, Kit Downes. Joined by Lucy Railton (cello), James Maddren (drums), Calum Gourlay (bass) and James Allsopp (bass clarinet).
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Lemongrove are a popular jazz quartet who started out in 1993 as The Lemongrove Plating Co. They have grown in strength over the years and have supported such names as George Melly and Courtney Pine. They combine double bass, guitar, drums and piano and are inspired by such legends as Cole Porter and Harry Connick Jr.
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Louise Parker Quartet
Smooth vocal jazz with an outfit that features excellent Devon jazz pianist Craig Milverton on piano. Louise was named after Louis Armstrong and performs powerful swing, blues and gospel classics.
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Moscow Drug Club
Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango and Gypsy campfire meet. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating and intimate musical experience. You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club..... this way, please, and mind the stairs! Line-up: Katya Gorrie - Chanteuse & purveyor of sinister lyrical adventures, Denny Ilett - Rhythmic & solo guitar administrations, Mirek Salmon - Accordionistic chordal and melodic offerings and Andy Crowdy - Providing eccentric bass-end rhapsodies.
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Son of legendary Roy Harper, Nick Harper has been described as 'One of the finest guitarists of his generation, his soaring vocal range and propensity for epic song place him somewhere between Rufus Wainwright and Jeff Buckley' (Mojo). A folk troubadour, an acoustic balladeer - with a touch of rock 'n' roll on the side. He's not folk. He's emo skiffle. Pastoral hard rock. Progressive soul.
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Nicola Farnon Quartet
This sparkling quartet are lead by Nicola Farnon on bass/vocals, with Stuart McDonald on tenor sax, Chris Walker on guitar and Phil Johnson on drums. Their repertoire ranges across a variety of styles from blues to bossa nova, including many latin & jazz standards.
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Nigel Price Quartet
Brilliant jazz guitarist who regularly performs as part of the house band at Ronnie Scott's. A sound with influences rooted in the Blue Note 'groove' era of Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and Donald Byrd.
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Noumoucounda Cissoko is a kora player, percussionist and vocal lead who graduated from the Conservatoire of music and dramatics of Dakar. He is a perfectionist artist, engaged and gifted with a sense of improvisation and extraordinary adaptation. Despite his young age, he amazes all his neighbours with his vocal pitches. His proficiency in rhythm and tune make him one of the gifted musicians of his generation.
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Protect The Beat
Five of the finest jazz experts you are likely to find.
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Ray Harris & The Fusion Experience
The Doors meets Dave Brubeck meets Average White Band and beyond. With an eye for tailored suits, smart dress and music which has an alternative twist; Ray Harris keyboard wizard and front man for ‘Ray Harris & The Fusion Experience’ has been described as a musical mosaic, featuring a variety of styles and influences with a hybrid of Acid Jazz, Mod 60s, Soul, Funk & World Music
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Simon Spillett Quartet
Simon Spillett has been described by Jazz Review as 'A formidable musician and composer playing and writing in an uncompromising Hard Bop style'. Truly one of the most distinctive tenor saxophonists on the UK jazz scene Simon is one of the most popular and entertaining of the new wave of young British jazz musicians.
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Son Yambu are a UK based band play authentic Cuban son - the essential Afro-Cuban sound that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba and gave rise to modern salsa. The band members, who all have a lifetime's experience playing son, mainly come from Santiago De Cuba (the birthplace of son) and are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre. Playing their irresistible tropical rhythms, Son Yambu bring their audiences a truly sensational, authentic Latin-music experience, and their music is guaranteed to turn any event into a fiesta. 'The UK's very own Buena Vista band... absolutely tremendous... if you don't start to move to this there is no hope for you! Extraordinary music' (Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3).
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Steve Clayton and the 44s
Steve Clayton is regarded as the best blues, boogie woogie and R&B pianist from the UK, his band will have everyone entertained.
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“A very rare talent” - Rick Wakeman “He’s Exceptional” - MOJO “A refreshing whiff of anarchy” - Classic Rock "Creative Genius" - Vive le Rock With the release of his latest album Deathrow Disco, Tensheds set's out on tour this winter supporting, and playing with cult folk hero Beans On Toast on a mammoth 27 UK Tour. This will run straight into Tensheds headline tour throughout March. In 2017, following the release of his 3rd album, Tensheds was awarded the Discretional Rock Award at a ceremony held at the House Of Lords. The award was presented by rock piano legend Rick Wakeman. who spoke at great length about the similarities between himself and Tensheds - having both hailed from a classical background. It was a crowning achievement that marked ten years since Matt Millership - aka Tensheds, left the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in search of the Rock n Roll dream. Since then, the world of Tensheds has been anything but ordinary. Album ‘The Dandy Punk Prince’ marked a milestone in his development as an artist. Doing away with all instruments except piano and drums, he set about re-defining the ‘Piano Album’ and in the process created a genre all for himself which he calls ‘21st Century Blues’. Not only had no rock record ever been made with such instrumental limitation, Tensheds instructed his engineer that this must be a hard, gritty, base heavy punkblues record, oh and that it was to be recorded on his near 200 year old grand piano! Having already set the bar high, Tensheds then moved himself, drummer and engineer into Leicester Square Theatre in Soho for seven nights to record the drums – he wanted the largest space possible but unfortunately his 1835 grand piano was too fragile to move. So following their Seven Nights In Soho, Tensheds and engineer Simon Kitts then relocated to his Sussex Square home in Brighton, turning the entire house into a recording studio to finish the record. Tensheds attention to detail and crazy ambitions certainly paid off when the record won critical acclaim across the board from the likes of Classic Rock, MOJO, UNCUT, Maverick, R2, Vive Le Rock, BBC Radio. Praise certainly doesn’t come higher than Liverpool Sound & Vision declaring “A New Spectrum of Music”, well maybe from Penny Black Music “Settle back andinhale his Genius”. However, Tensheds real magic lies in his live performances. His audacious showmanship and Rachmaninoff style piano skills, deftly delivers a brand of gritty, heavy, edgy blues/punk, which incorporate elements of this classical background. Honing his craft in the time-honoured tradition, hoboing the road. Most recently touring the UK supporting Beans On Toast, while over the years Tensheds has had the honour of opening for legends; John Mayall, Mick Taylor, Hazel O’Connor, Paul Young, Roger Chapman, Spear Of Destiny, Blockheads, Paul Kelly, and James Burton. Not to mention his touring commitments with Beans On Toast and Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind as fulltime keyboard player. Is it any wonder he’s been labelled “Jerry Lee Lewis and Tom Waits’ love child”. Get Ready To Rock – “Nick Cave meets Lady Gaga” Viva Le Rock “Genius” Louder Than War - "Unique talent and Creative Genius" Cat On The Wall - "A work of perfectionism, perhaps obsession" Penny Black Music - "Settle in and inhale his Genius" UNCUT - "Great Depth & Wit" Music News - "One of the mostPowerful albums of the year" Rock n Reel - "Most Unique" Liverpool Sound & Vision - "A New Spectrum of Music Blues Matters "A Stunning Album" Gig Guide "Prepare To Be Transfixed" Pure Rawk - "A very unique sounding album" Buzz Mag - "Imagine if Waits had formed the White Stripes"
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The Jive Aces
Britain's Got Talent stars The Jive Aces are UK's No.1 Jive and Swing band. Renowned for their high energy show, they put Simon Cowell "in a really good mood" and were the first live band to reach the BGT semi-finals. They've headlined Royal Albert Hall, played 30 countries, worked with Van Morrison and played for The Queen. Viral video "Bring Me Sunshine" has 2 million views on Youtube. "Absolutely Brilliant!" - Simon Cowell "Simply sensational!" - The Stage "Wonderful!" - Alan Titchmarsh
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The Red Stripe Band
Upbeat seven-piece jazz outfit who play a lively mix of boogie-woogie, jive and rock'n'roll. Expect classic numbers like Shake, Rattle and Roll to be given new life by a splendid brass frontline section too. A fantastic party band.
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The Tim Kliphuis Trio
Award-winning gypsy jazz legend, violinist Tim Kliphuis is joined by Nigel Clark (guitar) and Roy Percy (bass).
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Zoe Rahman Quartet
Gifted jazz pianist and composer whose quartet is completed by Rowland Sutherland (flute), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Darren Abraham (drums). Zoe's last musical project explored the influence of her Bangladeshi father's heritage on music and thence on jazz. Now she has researched the other side of her family's background - her mother's Irish forefathers and their musical impact. Gifted with the knack of writing attractive and memorable tunes, she also plays with monstrously accomplished flair.
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Angela Jones, BBC Radio Leeds Big Band, Built For Comfort, Doudou Cissoko’s Ancient Strings & Things, Emanuele Cefali, Flap!, George Haslam’s ‘New Tricks’, Jazz Mash, Kennet Vale Brass, Laurie Holloway Band, Marcella, Marks & Todd, Marlborough Big Band, Mick Allport Trio, Moonlight Saving Time, Mr Dowland's Midnight, Nicolas Meier And Pete Oxley, Pete Maxfield, Skedaddle, Steve Fishwick Group, Swindon Youth Modern Jazz Orchestra, Taba Time, Tamsin Collison Quintet, The Artesian Hall Stompers, The Big Brunch Band, The Bob Bowles Band, The Bob Hall Trio, The Charlotte Glasson Quintet, The Crazy Hambones, The Edu Egito Trio, The Eduardo Niebla Experience, The Esmond Selwyn Quartet, The Gabrielle Ducomble Quartet, The Greg Abate Quartet, The Heritage Survival Band, The Marlborough Community Choir, The Nathan Jones All-Stars Jazz Band, The Richie Bryant All Stars, The Sara Spade Trio, The Slaughterhouse Seven, The Thundering Herd, Tom And Kerry Mckenna, Tom Green Septet, Tom Ollendorff Quartet, U 'Zambesi, Victoria Klewin And The True Tones, Wheatcroft, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion