The 2018 Festival included 150 concerts; 2 major free events; a conference and two Summer Schools.
Among the many highlights of our 40th anniversary year were Kurt Elling, Davina & The Vagabonds, Mud Morganfield, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Jools Holland, Dave Holland with Zakir Hussain and Chris Potter, The Average White Band, Blind Boy Paxton, Curtis Stigers, Betty Lavette and Maggie Bell. We welcomed musicians and musics from across the world. Celebrating the tri-centenary of New Orleans we presented a posse of Crescent city musicians from the return of Soul Brass Band, to the UK debut of all-female traditional jazz band Shake ‘Em Up. Avant garde jazz from New York from Vijay Iyer Sextet, Grammy award-winning trumpeter, Keyon Harrold, and Memphis based Southern Avenuewho update the STAX tradition also feature. We presented classic blues from Chicago with a double bill of Mud Morganfieldand John Primerand we scoured the US to find three blues musicians central to the future of the music: Earl Thomasand Blind Boy Paxton(both from California) and from St Louis, Marquis Knox. European Jazz came from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Norway, Italy, Sweden and England with Mobo Award winners Soweto Kinch, Zara McFarlane and Zoe Rahman, legendary groups like Bratislava Hot Serenaders and Robert Balzar Trio, plus major new stars in Vit Kristan, Harald Lassenand Juno.
We also featured sensational Caribbean vocalist Malika Tirolien(from Guadeloupe), virtuoso tabla player Zakir Hussain(from India) and African rhythms from KOG and the Zongo Brigade.
We have a strategic partnership with Oslo Jazz Festival and visit.brussels and are developing a programme for UK-IT 2020 with our Italian connections.
We have also just been awarded funding from the Place programme to put a programme of work together at St Bride's Centre including workshops and performances working across jazz, blues, carnival and street arts.
The 2018 Festival featured
- 820 professional musicians
- 1050 amateur performers
- 100 volunteers
- 68,000 people attended the Festival
Registered charity number: SC012211 Company registration number: SC112437