Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival
The 27th Festival will be held Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th May 2019
Preparations are already in full swing for 2019 and we hope you’ll check back here for our full list of bands and artists but, for now, piano fans can look forward to sessions featuring; Jeff Barnhart, T.J. Johnson, Brian Kellock, Tom Kincaid, Keith Nichols and Andrew Oliver.
Jazz guitar fans will be in heaven as alongside some of the UK’s finest including Spats Langham, Paul Sealey and Martin Wheatley, we have Tommy Harkenriderbringing in some Orange County Californian sunshine and good vibes along with his fantastic blend of swing, jive and blues guitar.
We also have some very special evening sessions planned, which we’re very excited about, none more so than our gala concert “One Night At The Cotton Club” which will feature both the sensational ‘Keith Nichols Orchestra’ and the superb new band led by Ned Bennet, the ‘Harlem Meercats’ who both specialise in the late 1920’s music of the immortal Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Other highlights have to be our four all-star tributes, to the immortal ‘Fats Waller’, the great Jimmie Noone and his Apex Club Orchestra, the seminal recordings of Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven and to the legendary ‘Okeh’ recordings of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band.
For fans of swing and jive we have something very special lined up as the amazing Ray Gelato takes a very rare night away from his globe trotting ‘Giants’ to front a cracking five piece featuring two of his old team mates, Enrico Tomasso and Tom Gordon.
There are some truly wonderful bands around right now playing in the prewar traditions of the New Orleans and Chicago masters and we’re delighted to welcome back some of the finest. Both the Basin Street Brawlers and the Vitality Five represent all that is good about the burgeoning London traditional jazz scene and feature some astonishingly good young musicians.
Possibly slightly longer in the tooth, every bit as vital and exciting, plus Keswick favourites all, we welcome back the “Jazzaholics” “Scarlettes Serenaders” and the “Savannah Jazz Band”, all packed full to bursting with high quality talents.
#leonardsfieldhouse is an ideal base for the Jazz & Blues festival, being just a short walk from the venues and the parade. We look forward to welcoming you this year