Legends of jazz on the bill at annual weekend festival
GET in the groove this summer with the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival.
Iconic music and a performance by a living legend will be on offer over three jam-packed days at the Memorial Hall, from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1.
Piano great Stan Tracey is one of the top attractions, and there will also be a focus on music by jazz greats Miles Davis and Oscar Peterson.
There will also be workshops and pre-festival free events, some especially for children, and a Jazz Service on the Sunday.
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The programme has been put together by Gill Wilde, of Grimsby Jazz, who won the 2011 Yorkshire Jazz Promoter of the Year title.
She said: "I was thrilled to receive the award for putting on the festival in Cleethorpes, which has been a great success, and this year's festival is shaping up to be just as good.
"We have a fantastic line-up of musicians to suit all tastes in jazz, and we are particularly proud to present the great Stan Tracey and his trio as the closing act on the Sunday."
Tracey, the composer of the seminal Under Milk Wood suite, is in his 86th year – but shows no diminution of his powers of imagination on the keyboard.
He won the first ever Ivors Jazz Award at a ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel in London this month to celebrate a career spanning six decades.
He will be joined by his drummer son Clark, double bass player Andy Cleyndert and Simon Allen on the tenor saxophone.
The festival begins at 7pm on the Friday with a performance by sassy Australian singer Trudy Kerr and a sextet which includes some top names, the impressive Joel Purnell Quartet and bebop and swing from the Al Wood Nine.
Saturday's music gets underway at 1pm and features Gentle Jazz with Thom Whitworth, Pop Bob with former Jamie Cullum associate Geoff Gascoyne and many more.
On Sunday, the festival again gets started at 1pm with the Daryl Sherman Trio and follows with music of the Modern Jazz Quartet and a Tribute to Michael Garrick.
And if you can't wait, there's a pre-festival special on the Friday at St Andrew's Methodist Church, in St Peter's Avenue, featuring the Old Time String Band from noon to 1pm, and the North East Lincolnshire Schools First Wind Group, from 5pm to 5.30pm.