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Big Bands for Scarborough Jazz Festival

Everyone likes a big band and music lovers are in for a fantastic treat at this year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival. 

Two outstanding big bands have been booked for the festival finale on Sunday 30 September: Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra and Gareth Lockrane’s Big Band. 

Rarely, if ever, will The Spa’s Grand Hall have had so many top UK musicians playing together.

Stan Sulzmann, whose CV reads like a who’s who of jazz, has worked with Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Marc Copeland and Gil Evans. He is a brilliant saxophonist with an instantly recognisable sound who commands an enormous amount of respect not only for his great playing but also his compositional originality.

Stan’s arrangements for big band are regularly played by college and university bands,

The writing and arranging is all Stan's, The band is directed by trumpeter Nick Smart and features, amongst many others, Pete Hurt, James Allsop, Henry Lowther, Noel Langley, Nikki Iles, Dave Whitford and Tim Giles. 

This is a rare chance to see one of the most original and exciting big bands working anywhere in Europe.

‘Ravishing, delicious, powerful and direct …. Meticulously written’  The Guardian

Gareth Lockrane is generally recognised as the UK’s premier jazz flautist.  He plays a wide range of flutes including the alto and bass varieties.  He is also a highly respected composer, arranger, band leader and pianist. 

Festival Director Mike Gordon has known Gareth for some years.  ‘I’ve seen Gareth achieve incredible results with students on a jazz course in France.  So imagine what he can produce with leading professional jazz musicians – who include Steve Fishwick, Graham Blevins, Sam Mayne, Adrian Fry, Ross Stanley and Mike Outram.’

‘The lean and hungry Lockrane is the most exciting and inventive instrumentalist in the country.’ Jack Massarick, London Evening Standard  

The Scarborough Jazz Festival 2018, takes place over the weekend of 28-30 September at Scarborough Spa.

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