Wednesday, 25 November 2015

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Jazz festival hits the right note in Keswick

Homegrown and international musicians played together at Keswick’s Jazz Festival over the weekend.

Keswick jazz festival photo
Chris Gibbs

The town’s four-day festival, which is celebrating its 19th anniversary, kicked off on Thursday.

Over the weekend more than 20 bands – who are new to Keswick – have been performing and musicians including Alan Barnes, Enrico Tomasso, Spats Langham and Jim Fryer are just some of the names that returned to the town.

Younger names, including Ben Holden, Eugene Farrar, Zoe Gilby, Tipitina and Sunshine Kings, all appeared.

And overseas guests including two top trumpeters from New Orleans – Gregg Stafford and Duke Heitger – New England’s legendary banjo player and vocalist Jimmy Mazzy, and Holland’s storming young Oriental Jazzband all made an appearance.

There were also jazz talks given by popular musicians including Jim Fryer and Alan Barnes, and dance workshops were held every day of the festival at Keswick Rugby Club.

A marquee was set up in Crow Park, opposite the Theatre by the Lake, for the event. And yesterday the town’s Market Square hosted a whole day of jazz, free of charge.



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