Jazz by the Sea Festival Launch – Gerry Clarke, Festival Director
Hello, good morning.
My name is Gerry Clarke and I’m Director of the Jazz by the Sea Festival.
I’m pleased to welcome you all to our festival launch this morning and in particular the Mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Lawrence Williams and the Mayor of Poole, Cllr Lindsay Wilson who are going to officially open our Jazz by the Sea Festival in a moment.
First of all, I want to say a quick thanks to Gavin Lewis and Beales Store for hosting and sponsoring our event and also Chris and Revolution Club quartet for entertaining us this morning.
This year, we have chosen a programme of jazz that we think will appeal to all. From the scintillating sounds of the Swing era brought to you by Clare Teal and her Hollywood Orchestra to the jazzy Afro Reggae beats of the Caribbean, courtesy of the Soothsayers. Not only have we broadened the appeal but we have increased the size and scope of the festival. There are a number of new venues along our coastal strip, from Southbourne in the East to Sandbanks in the West who will be featuring some of the finest Jazz music on the South Coast!
New this year, our Jazzmobile, which some of you may have seen and heard outside the store, will bring live jazz music to public places around Bournemouth and Poole and the Dorset Queen Jazz Machine, a 1920’s passenger boat that will play trad jazz whilst cruising Poole Harbour.
One of the highlights of the Festival week is an evening of Blues and Boogie from New Orleans presented by Jazz FM at Lighthouse.
Also appearing the week, the legendary James Taylor Quartet at Mr Kyps, Tina May at West Beach and the internationally recognised acid jazz band, Incognito at Canvas. And, returning after the success of last year, our World Jazz Jamboree featuring international stars from around the world, from Italy, Brazil, Africa, Cuba and the Caribbean. We hope there will be something of interest for everyone in our Jazz by the Sea Festival this year.
We are greatly indebted to our sponsors: To the Arts Council England for a major financial contribution, to the recently renewed Bournemouth Town Centre BID and Coastal BID teams and to the newly established Poole BID team, without whose help and funding support we would not be here today. Also to all our local hotels, bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants who are offering free jazz events as part of the festival this year. Please go and support them and enjoy a drink or a meal as you listen to some fine jazz.
In addition, our Business Partners, companies such as the Brewhouse & Kitchen who have created a special beer for the festival aptly called Brewbeck, mine’s a pint of Dave, The Koh Group for providing an office for the festival, our two local Bus companies MoreBus and Yellow Buses for bringing local people to the festival and The Bournemouth Echo for help with promotion and advertising .
Also Lighthouse for supporting us with their venue and ticketing arrangements and BSO for collaborating with us to put on some jazz for the benefit of the local community. Finally my sincere thanks to all the Festival Management team and our team of supporters who have worked very hard to make this happen!
We are today launching our Friends of the Festival & Festival Patrons Club – an exclusive new club for jazz fans and followers of the festival. Members will get exclusive invitation to future events covering music, arts & culture, food and lifestyle. Be sure to sign up before you leave.
I now would like to call upon the Mayors of Bournemouth and Poole to officially open the festival and maybe you would like to say a few words?
Thank you Lawrence, Lindsay………………….we appreciate your support.
We hope there is something here for everyone! So do come and join us!
May the Jazz be with you!
Gerry Clarke, Festival Director