Enjoy a weekend of big band, boogie-woogie, New Orleans, folk, jazz and Wynton Marsalis with Buxton International Festival’s Jazz Weekender tickets.
BIF will once again be creating their own intimate jazz club at The Palace Hotel, in the heart of the town. Events will also take place in the Pavilion Arts Centre and at the iconic Buxton Opera House.
Includes entry to all BIF jazz gigs from Saturday 8 – Monday 10 July AND entry to a very special book event.
Saturday 8 July
The Super Big Tramp Band
Enjoy Supertramp’s classic tracks in a big band setting, with John Helliwell, Supertramp’s saxophonist since 1973 as the chief soloist.
Shez is renowned for his high energy live shows, unique Indojazzfunk sound and global star collaborations. Inspired by travels with his father to the Punjab region as a boy, Shez merges his rich musical heritage with a hugely diverse playing experience to create dynamic and passionate music that blends East with West.
Trish Clowes and Ross Stanley
Trish Clowes and Ross Stanley have been carefully crafting their unique sound world over a number of years, which includes their own material, arrangements of music from jazz, folk and church organ traditions, and free improvisations. The duo’s performances include Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.
Sunday 9 July
Northern Jazz Orchestra
Back on the circuit and sounding as tight as ever, the NJO have thirty years’ experience of performing up and down the country, recently appearing on BBC2 show You Make Me Feel Like Dancing. The NJO are ready to perform their new exciting material showing the modern sounds of today’s big bands. Come along and listen to the roar of the brass and sax section, complemented by the rhythm section and led by veteran big band drummer and educator Paul J Rigby.
Hot on the heels of sell-out shows across the globe including London’s legendary Ronnie Scott’s, a stunning performance at Birdland Jazz Club on Broadway in New York and working with Jools Holland, Tom Seals’ star is destined to soar stratospherically in 2023. His virtuoso soloing, excellent improvisations skills and distinctive voice have left top industry officials hailing him the UK’s finest boogie-woogie and blues pianist/vocalist.
Gaz Hughes Trio
Gaz first came to wider public attention as the original drummer in the Matthew Halsall Band and featured heavily on the early recordings of the Gondwana label. A particular highlight was recording the album On The Go, which won The Best Jazz Album of the Year at the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards and was nominated Best Jazz Album at the MOBO Awards.
Monday 10 July
Ni Maxine is a Neo-Jazz Singer-Songwriter; a black woman navigating the modern world and exploring themes of home, identity, self-esteem and belonging. Her childhood was steeped in the deep cultural reference points of black history. She recalls her father’s love of jazz, her mother’s love of funk and rare groove, as well weekdays in front of MTV Base and Sunday mornings in a gospel church, where she first learned to sing. Maxine has a debut single being supported by BBC Introducing and Jazz FM, she is one to watch.
Tommy Smith & Peter Johnstone
Tommy Smith is one of the world’s leading saxophonists. A presence on the international jazz scene since his teenage years, when he toured the world with vibes virtuoso Gary Burton’s Whiz Kids quintet, Smith has gone on to record with the definitive jazz label, Blue Note and work with myriad jazz greats including Chick Corea, John Scofield, Randy Brecker, Dame Cleo Laine and Jack DeJohnette.
To close our first, full weekend of jazz we are blessed to have jazz royalty visiting.
Simply put, Wynton Marsalis is an internationally renowned jazz icon. The nine-time Grammy award winner will be playing specially selected works in, what for him is, an intimate concert at Buxton Opera House.
Marsalis performs and composes across the entire spectrum of jazz and has written jazz-influenced chamber music and symphonic works for revered classical ensembles across the US and abroad. He is inspired to experiment in an ever-widening palette of forms and concepts that constitute some of the most advanced thinking in modern jazz and in American music on the broad scale. His body of original work includes 600 songs and movements, 11 ballets, four symphonies, eight suites, two chamber pieces, two string quartets, two masses, and concertos for violin and tuba.
There will be an opportunity to buy day tickets and tickets to individual events in April 2023.