Jazz Journal – Jazz By The Sea: post-show report

Jazz Journal – Jazz By The Sea: post-show report

Bournemouth and Poole played host to this year’s Jazz By The Sea festival, a week-long event that brought live music to new venues on land and sea

The 2017 Jazz By The Sea festival brought seven days of jazz to the south coast, with over 80 live events on offer across Bournemouth and Poole during festival week.

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Jazz By The Sea began with a family concert at the Lighthouse featuring BBC Radio 2’s Clare Teal and her Hollywood Orchestra, with a programme of classic jazz standards.

This opening event was followed by an evening of blues and boogie from New Orleans, presented by Jazz FM’s David Freeman and featuring pianist Dino Baptiste (recently returned from accompanying Mick Jagger in Mustique), blues guitarist Mark Harrison, and Zoe Schwarz with her Blue Commotion band.

Acid-jazz band Incognito playing at Canvas and the James Taylor Quartet brought funky jazz numbers to Mr Kyps. The day-long World Jazz Jamboree took place at the Lighthouse and featured music from across the world. Representing European jazz, Italian saxophonist Tommaso Starace (pictured right by Brian Payne) played music inspired by images from celebrated Italian photographer, Gianni Berengo Gardin. Brazilian vocalist Monica Vasconcelos played a bossa-nova style set and the Thokozile Collective featured the rhythms and beats of an African township and Latin jazz came courtesy of Cuban violinist Omar Puente. To round off the day of music from around the globe the Soothsayers presented a fusion of African and West Indian sounds.

This year the Jazzmobile brought jazz to public places across Bournemouth and Poole and the Dorset Queen jazz machine played music whilst cruising around Poole Harbour. The festival also introduced live jazz music into local hotels, public spaces, bars, clubs, pubs, restaurants and shops with performances including Tina May at Westbeach, the Sharp 9 Duo at Jenkins & Sons, Neo and the Cosy Club, Katie Francesca and the FB Pocket Orchestra at Koh Lounge, BoMo Swing at Chaplins, Spiral Jazz at Urban Reef, Saxuality at the Brewhouse & Kitchen, Veronique Joly at the Guildhall Tavern, Musique a Trois at the Hotel Du Vin and the Gin and Jazz afternoon with saxophonist Sarah Bolter at the Miramar Hotel.

Gerry Clarke, Jazz By The Sea festival director, told Jazz Journal: “The success of the Jazz by the Sea Festival 2017 is a result of the support from the Arts Council and the local Business Improvement Districts in Bournemouth and Poole, who collaborated with the organisers of the festival to bring live music and entertainment to the local area. It was a great result for the new BID teams, whose aims are to help stimulate the local economy and create opportunities for local businesses to develop and prosper.

“Jazz by the Sea Festival’s vision is to enhance the quality of life for local residents, create opportunities for talented local musicians and encourage more visitors to the region”.

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