The Event Diary
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17th Jason Fredericks Cinematic Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas – The Music of Vince Guaraldi at Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club Paying homage to the genius of composer Vince Guaraldi and creator Charles M. Schulz, the trio perform music from the classic 1965 animated TV special.
10th: Chris Pearce Jazz Band at Gosport Jazz Club, Gosport & Fareham Rugby Football Club, Dolphin Crescent, Gosport, PO12 2HE – with a line-up of Chris on clarinet, plus Tony Pipkin (trumpet), Dave Deakin (trombone), Ian Parry (drums), Phil Probert (banjo/guitar) and Tony Sharp (bass) – Website
1st – 4th: Southport Jazz Festival – Website
7th: Andy Woon’s Vintage Hot Five at Gosport Jazz Club, Gosport & Fareham Rugby Football Club, Dolphin Crescent, Gosport, PO12 2HE – Website
15th – 18th: Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival – Website
23rd -25th: March Manouche: March Manouche is a UK Gypsy Jazz festival that takes place in Menai Bridge, Anglesey, North Wales. Initially focussing on only UK acts, the festival is now growing to welcome acts from all over the world. The festival takes place over a weekend in March, and includes concerts and workshops from some of the best players in Gypsy Jazz. With both scheduled jams in friendly local pubs and a jamming friendly campsite, you can play 24 hours a day!
The idea for March Manouche Festival came after the founders, Stewart, Neil, and Meg, visited Cloughtoberfest in Ireland in October 2014. Starting their own festival was briefly talked about in the car on the return journey. By the next day, somewhat to Neil and Meg’s surprise, Stewart had built a website, set up a festival PayPal and made a Facebook page.
March Manouche was born!
The first festival in 2015 was a resounding success, so an extra pair of hands was recruited, and Ali joined the team.
2017 saw the festival’s first international acts; Jorge Bravo from Chile and Dario Napoli from Italy.
In addition to the four organisers, March Manouche wouldn’t be able to happen without a fab team of regular helpers, including Paul Airey, Paul Kent and Ted Lawson, as well as all of the incredibly welcoming pubs and venues across Menai Bridge who let Gypsy Jazz descend upon them every March.
The next March Manouche festival is set to be bigger and better than ever, and the whole team can’t wait to welcome you back to Menai Bridge for a swinging weekend of toe-tapping Gypsy Jazz.
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th : Porthcawl Jazz & Blues Weekender – Website
2nd – 7th: Cheltenham Jazz Festival – Website
3rd – 7th: Ribble Valley Jazz Festival – Website
10th – 13th: Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival – Website
25th – 28th: Lyme Regis Jazz Festival – Website
20th – 24th: Glasgow Jazz Festival – Website
21st – 24th: Upton Jazz Festival – Website
29th June – 1st July: Love Supreme, Sussex – Website
6th – 8th: Mostly Jazz, Birmingham – Website
13th- 15th: Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival
20th – 28th: Manchester Jazz Festival – Website
20th – 29th: Birmingham Jazz Festival – Website
14th- 19th: Ilkley Jazz Festival – Website
28th – 30th: Scarborough Jazz Festival – Website
28th -30th: Callender Jazz & Blues Festival – Website
Friday 16th – Sunday 25th: EFG London Jazz Festival – Website