Southend Jazz Festival returns | Echo

JAZZ fans will be delighted to know that the popular Southend Jazz Festival returns to the city this month and promises to be bigger than ever.

The week-long celebration of jazz in all its forms runs from September 26 to October 2, with 16 different events at different venues around the city.

This year’s flagship show will feature a stunning 17-piece big band at Westcliff’s Genting Casino – The Simon Spillett Big Band Plays Tubby Hayes.

The festival is organized in association with Creative Estuary, an organization set up to support the arts along the Thames Estuary.

Emma Wilcox, Creative Estuary Project Director, said: “Supporting music projects in Southend is part of our commitment to supporting our local artists and engaging our communities to contribute to their creative identity.

“In everything we do for the Estuary, we want to capture the imagination and provide opportunity.”

Darren Harper, Director of Southend Jazz Festival CIC – the organization behind the event – said: “Thanks to this support, this year is set to be the most inclusive and accessible festival to date, with subsidized shows, free events for the whole family, school workshops and special discounts for young people and help for music lovers with modest incomes.

“The festival is going to have a great mix of local talent, with the return of Southend’s popular Mukasa Collective, Dave Mascall’s Acid Lounge and saxophonist Anita Carmichael leading a Southend jazz showcase, as well as some of the biggest and brightest stars from across the UK jazz scene, including pianist Deschanel Gordon, winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020 award.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the 2022 festival.

“Thanks to the invaluable collaboration with Creative Estuary and the support of the Southend Council, we are able to bring the best of British jazz to Southend while ensuring we have a festival for everyone.

“Many event tickets are subsidized and a number of free tickets and events are also available. We are also continuing our effort to train the next generation of jazz musicians and enthusiasts with free workshop places for more than 200 children as well as a great showcase, where local musicians can come and show us all all the talent we have in this city.”

Further information about the festival and tickets for all events can be found at or you can call 07512 252699.

Willie J. Johnson