Jim Mullen, Partisans and Liane Carroll skip to Scarborough Jazz Festival

The 17th annual Scarborough Jazz Festival takes place from 20 to 22 September at its longstanding home of the town’s Victoria Spa Grand Hall with a strong selection of leading Brit-jazz names and exciting newcomers.

Chief among the opening night headliners are award-winning vocalist Liane Carroll and versatile multi-reedist Alan Barnes, while Saturday’s top names include pianist/singer Jeremy Sassoon’s crowd-pleasing 17-piece Ray Charles Project, who appear fresh from their storming set at Love Supreme in July.

The final night closes in emphatic style with the garrulous jazz-rock of Julian Siegel and Phil Robson’s group Partisans, and a finale featuring revered jazz guitar man Jim Mullen (pictured top) and his all-star Volunteers big band (see this month’s feature in the September issue of Jazzwise).

New names to look out for include Jasmine, a quintet led by northern alto-sax talent Jasmine Whalley; young saxophonist Sam Rapley and his band, Fabled, and fusion-into-folk sounds from trombonist Rory Ingham’s Bonsai.

The full line-up is as follows: Friday 20 September: Jasmine, Wild Card, John Law’s Re-Creations, Freddie Gavita Quartet, Liane Carroll and Alan Barnes + 11. Saturday 21 September: Sam Rapley’s Fabled, Kate Peters Big Band, Tony Kofi & The Organisation, Clark Tracey Quintet, Dave Newton and Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project. Sunday 22 September: Bonsai, Alec Dankworth’s Spanish Accents, New Jazz Extempore, Partisans and Jim Mullen’s Volunteers.

For full details and tickets visit www.scarboroughspa.co.uk

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