Local jazz enthusiasts and music lovers from across the UK were treated to seven days of world class jazz music this year with over eighty live events on offer across Bournemouth and Poole during festival week.
Jazz by the Sea Festival 2017 kicked off with a family concert at the Lighthouse featuring BBC Radio 2’s Clare Teal and her Hollywood Orchestra, who captivated the audience with her warm presentation style and unique interpretation of the classic jazz standards, leaving the audience in no doubt of her claim to be the UK’s number one Queen of Swing.
This opening event was followed by a highly successful evening of Blues and Boogie music from New Orleans, presented by Jazz FM’s David Freeman. From the dazzling piano playing of Dino Baptiste, (recently returned from accompanying Mick Jagger in Mustique) to the accomplished blues guitar playing of Mark Harrison, plus one of the UK’s top female blues singer, Zoe Schwarz with her Blue Commotion band.
Other highlights were the internationally recognised acid jazz band Incognito playing at Canvas and the legendary James Taylor Quartet hammering out their popular funky jazz numbers at Mr Kyps.
Perhaps the most rewarding Festival event was the day long World Jazz Jamboree which took place at the Lighthouse and featured music from across the world. Representing European jazz, Italian saxophonist, Tommaso Starrace played to a collection of old images by celebrated Italian photographer, Gianni Berengo Gardin, whilst talented Brazilian vocalist Monica Vasconcelos delighted the audience with her wonderful Bossa Nova style of singing.
The Thokozile Collective featured the resonating rhythms and beats of an African township but it was Cuban violinist Omar Puente who set the audience alight with his vibrant solos that had everyone on their feet dancing to his unique latin jazz style. To round off a remarkable day of music from around the globe, it was the Soothsayers who presented a fusion of African and West Indian sounds.
Other festival highlights included the launch of the Jazzmobile, bringing jazz to public places across Bournemouth and Poole and the introduction of the Dorset Queen jazz machine playing music whilst cruising around Poole Harbour and featuring Chris Walker and his Hot5 Pedigree Trad jazz band and the cool ambient sounds of Chris Croft and the Revolution Club band.
Perhaps the greatest achievement of the festival was the introduction of live jazz music into many local hotels, public spaces, bars, clubs, pubs, restaurants and shops.
Highlights included 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 playing at the Brewhouse & Kitchen, Veronique Joly at the Guildhall Tavern, Musique a Trois at the Hotel Du Vin and the ever popular Gin and Jazz afternoon with Saxophonist Sarah Bolter at the Miramar Hotel
Gerry Clarke, Jazz by the Sea Festival Director says:
“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”
We are now looking forward to 2018