Lineup - headliners
Kicking the weekend off is the great saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, a student of Sonny Rollins with a stellar 50 year career including MD/bandleader and architect of James Brown’s late 60’s sound as well as Van Morrison’s MD/bandleader. Pee Wee was the co-founder of the JB Horns with Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley and a producer for George Benson, Esther Phillips and Brother Jack McDuff. Since moving to the UK he has arranged and recorded with artists including Boy George, Joss Stone, George Clinton and Paul Carrack, and for many years has toured the world with his own fine jazz lineups. Pee Wee is also an acknowledged educator and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bath Spa University in 2014.
Pee Wee Ellis - saxophone; Gareth Williams - piano; Alec Dankworth - bass; drums TBC.
Headlining on the Saturday night is Liane Carroll, a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years. Born in London and raised in Hastings, she has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song. Along the way she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she headlined at Finsbury Park’s Hospital in the Park festival and Glastonbury 2017. She has won Best Jazz Vocalist of the Year Awards numerous times and the prestigious BASCA Gold Badge Award for Services to Music in 2016.
Liane Carroll - vocal and piano; Roger Carey - double bass; Russell Field - drums.
Ending the Sunday evening on a massive high is Theon Cross, the London-based Tuba player and composer and one of the key components of the city’s thriving young jazz scene. He has made a name for himself for providing his own unique brand of swaggering Tuba Bass in jazz and various other styles of music, most significantly in the award winning four-piece Sons of Kemet. He has also worked with Moses Boyd, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Pharoahe Monch, Emeli Sandé and Kano. He skilfully leads his own powerful and eclectic group exploring the diverse range of musical sounds of London through his compositions. His 2019 album Fyah has already made a great impact on the UK and US vinyl and streaming charts.
Theon Cross - tuba; Chelsea Carmichael - saxophone; Nikos Ziarkas - guitar; Patrick Boyle - drums.
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