Scarborough Jazz Festival reveals this year’s dates and numbers – tickets are on sale now, including weekend discounts

The Scarborough Jazz Festival returns to the Spa September 23-25 ​​and tickets are on sale now

This year’s event looks set to hit another high and the numbers booked so far are incredible. There’s the usual mix of established artists and lesser-known innovative acts.

Acts announced so far include…

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The music of Bill Evans sung by the legendary Norma Winstone accompanied by three outstanding musicians: Nikki Iles (keyboards), Stan Sulzmann (sax) and Dave Green (bass).

Probably the best reed/piano duo of the moment. Always exploring new grounds and always receiving the highest praise.

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Rory Ingham/Jim Davison Sextet.

This project demonstrates hard-bop with a creepy cool feel; the music is wildly energetic and incredibly swinging. Featuring some of the best talent from the UK jazz scene.

Saxophonist Paul Booth has assembled an all-star line-up for his 22-piece Afro/Samba/Fusion super big band Bansangu Orchestra. “The music is lively, vibrant and engaging and packs an aural punch that only a great big band can deliver” (All About Jazz).

The Solway Stories by Ben Crosland

Bassist and composer Ben Crosland’s memories of the countryside around the Solway Firth inspired him to write these twelve beautifully performed musical vignettes with impressive solos from trumpeter Steve Waterman and Steve Lodder on keyboards.

Funky-Funk by Dennis Rollins

It’s a great jazz groove band led by the irrepressible trombonist Dennis Rollins. The music includes a reworking of some well-known classic funk compositions in the style of Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder. This is a joyful occasion!

“Hannah Horton blows a funky tenor, a spunky baritone, and can write a good melody,” Bebop Spoken Here wrote on her latest release, Inside Out. ‘Rising star Hannah Horton… there’s bold, gritty playing on both baritone and tenor sax’, (Jazzwise).

Iain Ballamy (UK) & Stian Carstensen (Norway)

The resonance of the button accordion (Stian) and tenor saxophone (Iain) is a rare, rich and beautiful sound. In the hands of these two exceptional musicians, it is a combination capable of a wide variety of moods and textures depicted with great dexterity.

The recreations of John Law

John’s quartet was one of the big highlights of the 2019 festival. He has a fantastic new program. The quartet still includes the incredible saxophonist and Parliamentarian Jazz Prize winner Sam Crockatt.

This award-winning group from the United States plays highly original and eclectic music drawing on Cuban and Puerto Rican salsa, rock, South African high-life music and Brazilian sambas to forge a new sound enriched by these traditions.

Pioneering cellist and composer Shirley Smart has a wide range of musical influences. The trio includes two of the UK’s leading lights of world-influenced jazz – John Crawford on piano and Demi Garcia Sabat on percussion.

Biographer, renowned saxophonist, bandleader and leading authority on Hayes, Simon Spillett has assembled an incredible all-star band to play the great band charts of the late great Tubby Hayes.

Alan Barnes will once again be the festival’s humorous and informative host.

Tickets for this year’s festival can be purchased online at or by calling the Scarborough Spa ticket office: 01723 376774.

Don’t miss the chance to get your early bird weekend tickets – this discounted rate will only be in place until the end of April.

Willie J. Johnson