The Ladies who sing the Blues

The Ladies who sing the Blues

Focus on female singers at the Bournemouth Jazz Festival

The Ladies who sing the Blues…in Bournemouth!

by Gerry Clarke, Festival Director

Since I launched the Bournemouth Jazz Festival at the beginning of the year, I am amazed by the amount of accomplished Jazz musicians and singers that I have come across living the area.

It seems a number of highly talented female singers have settled here along the South coast, from Poole’s award winning Jazz and Blues singer, Zoe Schwarz to Bournemouth’s world class show singing pub landlady, Maggie Dale at the Dean Park Inn.

Looking at the festival line up over the weekend of 19th, 20th and 21st June, I am really impressed by the incredible range of musical styles on offer from our jazz singers and musicians. First up, there’s Zoe, renowned for her unique bluesy style which was recently recognised in the All About Jazz magazine in the USA. “Schwarz takes all that is good from Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday and makes it uniquely her own”.

Then there’s our delightful little singer-songwriter, Rachel More, a classically trained singer well known for her performances at London’s Live on the Park who sings with a softer mellow tone in the style of Norah Jones and Sarah Vaughan.

And talking of Sarahs, we have one of the South’s leading saxophone players, Sarah Bolter, in the line up whose repertoire includes music played in the style of Charlie Parker and Candy Dulfer.

And we must not forget local lass Wendy Allen, regarded by many as one of the finest female saxophonists in the UK who plays lead sax with Spiral Jazz and duets with another talented local singer Marie Hayward, in SAXuality

If you fancy some jazz with a more international flavour, we have two acclaimed European singers: Parisienne born, Veronique Joly who sings in her native French as well as English and Portuguese and performs a brilliant Brazilian set with Stan Getz and Astrid Gilberto’s famous bossa nova number “The Girl from Ipanema”.

Sophisticated Anglo Belgian cabaret singer Bethany Jameson offers a wonderful mix of French chansons: Piaf, Brel, Trennet as well as Argentine Tangos and Django Reinhardt-style jazz music from the Hot Club de Paris era.

You will find all these stars performing this year in the Bournemouth Jazz Festival at various hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants around town. For more details of individual venues, programme line up and timings look out for the Jazz Festival leaflets and posters or see:

Gerry Clarke, Festival Director Tel: 07710 611123



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