A quarter of a century of Hull Jazz Festival

Published: Wednesday 8th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Hull Jazz Festival is celebrating its 25th birthday this month. Here’s a closer look at the exciting events taking place across the city.

The eight-day festival promises a diverse array of music, kicking off with guitarist Pat Metheny. As part of his incredible world tour, he will be visiting Hull City Hall on Saturday 11 November to allow audiences to sample work from his fascinating career. Accompanying Metheney is Gwilym Simcock on piano, Linda Oh on bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums.

On the same day, local artists will get to perform alongside Chris Montague of Troyka at The Albemarle, as part of A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument in the World. The show will document over eighty years of the electric guitar, remembering some of the greats, such as Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry. Later on in the week, Moon Hooch will bring their invigorating, sax-driven show to Fruit on Wednesday 15 November.

Hull Jazz Festival has also commissioned two brand new pieces in honour of their silver anniversary. University of Hull student Stuart McCallum is to perform his love song on the guitar at Hull Truck Theatre on Friday 17 November. Meanwhile, on the same night, Hull’s own electronic Revenu will explore the famous sounds of the city with their unique sound experience.

Dusty and Shirley will be over in the main house of the Ferensway theatre too, starring David McAlmont and Gwyneth Herbert. The stunning and uplifting piece will reminisce about the iconic 60s pop sound, focusing on Dusty Springfield and Shirley Bassey.

As for families, they can join in the jazz fun on Saturday 18 November. Vocalist Zoe Gilby and her Family Jazz All Stars will take you on a musical tour of popular jazz hits through the ages. It’s the perfect day out for music-loving families who want to introduce the next generation to their passion.

Later that day, A Journey with the Giants of Jazz will be presented by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra. Directed by Peter Edwards, the inspiring work highlights the achievements of six jazz heroes who were born in 1917. The performance will involve the local community, as each of the songs are brought to you by pupils of Hull and East Riding schools.

Ending the festival with a bang is jazz electronic trio GoGo Penguin. The Manchester-based outfit perform their exhilarating new live score to Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi. The film will be screened on the night along with this distinctive piece.

Hull Jazz Festival runs at venues across Hull City Centre from Saturday 11 until Saturday 18 November. Festival-goers can purchase a Festival Saver ticket, which will allow them to see three Hull Truck Theatre shows for the price of two. Meanwhile, you can see the Friday 7pm and 9pm Studio shows for just £15. For students and under 26s this is just £10.

For more information, please visit the J-Night website.

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Published: Wednesday 8th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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