Headliners – Margate Jazz Festival 2016

Margate Jazz Festival 2016 – HEADLINERS

OLI ROCKBERGER and the WILL BUTTERWORTH TRIO are just two of the MARGATE JAZZ FESTIVAL’s headliners that represent the cross-over flavour of this year’s September event.

Singer-songwriter, producer and keys man Oli Rockberger is back from New York and currently working with award-winning Laura Mvula’s touring band.
He brings with him top jazz players… more info very soon!

Also headling is home legend Paul Booth will be presenting his eclectic ensemble the Patchwork Project and featuring the ever-popular Jacqui Dankworth.

MJF Award Winners

The leading acts from the past two Margate Jazz Festivals were both honoured at  last night’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards dinner held at the House of Commons. Singer Emilia Mårtensson was awarded Jazz Vocalist of the Year and saxophonist Evan Parker was given a special award  for his lifetime contribution to jazz in the UK. Anyone who saw Evan in action at the Turner Contemporary during the 2014 Margate Jazz Festival will appreciate his description during the awards as “the greatest living exponent of free improvisation” and a “mesmerising presence on stage performing astonishing feats of respiratory endurance and technical multitasking”.  Unfortunately we don’t have a clip to show, but click here to see Emilia mesmerising her audience at last year’s Margate Jazz Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqF2fElwCJY

 

On this day…

…in 1936, Carla Bley was born in Oakland, California. Bley has been a leading figure in modern jazz—especially free jazz— since the 1960s, collaborating not only with other well-known jazz figures such as Paul Bley, Gary Burton, Charlie Haden, Michael Mantler, John Scofield and  Steve Swallow but also with musicians better known for work in other genres such as Jack Bruce, Nick Mason and Robert Wyatt. In this clip, Bley performs one of her mellower pieces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A9475sj9is

On this day…

…in 1945, pianist and composer Keith Jarrett was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Jarrett trained as a classical musician but started to become interested in jazz in his mid-teens. He was still a teenager when Art Blakey hired him to join The Messengers. In the following year he joined The Charles Lloyd Quartet. In 1970, Jarrett started playing under Miles Davis but gradually found himself concentrating more on his own work. In 1975, Jarrett recorded his most famous album, The Köln Concert. Over 3.5 million copies of the live album, recorded at the opera house in the German city of Cologne (German: Köln), were sold, making it the best-selling jazz solo album to date. The following clip is Part I of The Köln Concert. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKNQSSNNag8

2016-2017 Jazz Festival Calendar

Here’s a quick look ahead at the major jazz festivals taking place in the next year. Including our own, of course.

2016

May 12-June 15 Portland Jazz Festival

May 26-29 Jacksonville Jazz Festival

June 11-July 31 Paris Jazz Festival

June 24-July 3 Vancouver International Jazz Festival

June 25-26 Saratoga Jazz Festival

June 30-July 9 Montreal Jazz Festival

July 1-3 Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Glynde Place, Sussex

July 1-10 Copenhagen Jazz Festival

July 8-10 North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam

July 16-20 Nice Jazz Festival

July 21-23 Malta Jazz Festival

July 29-31 Newport Jazz Festival

July 29-Aug 15 Jazz in Marciac

Sept 16-18 Monterey Jazz Festival

Sept 23-25 Margate Jazz Festival

Nov 11-20 London Jazz Festival

2017

March 31-April 1 Cape Town International Jazz Festival

April 26-May 1 Cheltenham Jazz Festival

April 27-29 Reno Jazz Festival

April 28-May 7 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

About the 2016 festival

The 2016 Margate Jazz Festival is to be held across a number of venues in Margate during the weekend of the 23rd, 24th and 25th of September. It will be the 11th staging of the event.

Previous Margate Jazz Festivals have featured great names from the contemporary jazz scene both here and abroad including Christine Tobin, Courtney Pine, Evan Parker, John Etheridge, Emilia Martensson, Carol Grimes, Ian Shaw, Juan Perez Rodriguez, Michael J McEvoy, Monica Vasconcelos, Annie Whitehead, Jim Mullen, Paul Booth, Phil Robson, Henry Lowther and Steve Waterman to mention just a few.

Last year’s event proved to be feast of quality music touching on everything from Jim Mullen’s Organ Trio to Spanish jazz-flamenco from JUAN PEREZ RODRIGUES.

We promise this year’s festival will offer another great line-up. We have already announced some acts, and will be adding more.  Tickets are now on sale.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the festival, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@margatejazzfestival.co.uk.

Dates set for 2016 Festival

23rd, 24th and 25th of September

The 2016 Margate Jazz Festival is to be held across a number of venues in Margate during the weekend of the 23rd, 24th and 25th of September. It will be the 11th staging of the event.

We’ll be announcing the acts as soon as they are confirmed so check back here to see who is on the bill. We promise it will be another great line-up.

Buy Tickets

Tickets will are available to buy now.

Help wanted

If you would like to volunteer to help with the festival, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@margatejazzfestival.co.uk.

Thank you!

THANK YOU

A big thank you from the Margate Jazz Festival team to all of the amazing artists and the fantastic audiences for making the 2015 event a success!

We’re just sweeping a few more floors and making good for the long winter ahead (not sure how I’m going to get that banner down from the street-end of Morgans), but already there’s some lush ideas for how we can build on our modest progress.

There’s no better way to assess an event than from the eyes of those that attended so here’s a Facebook posting from Simon Rowan who makes bread and appreciates good music:

We were just thinking how slowly this week was going and boogey me its Friday already! Perhaps it was post the three wonderful days of the international Margate Jazz festival. Seriously, one of the festivals I’ve enjoyed most ever. The extraordinary combination of jazz piano and flamenco dancing with Juan Pérez Rodríguez & Auxi Fernandez. The legendary Scottish guitarist Jim Mullen, lovely Irish singer Christine Tobin (sadly for us, relocating to NY), our very own Glasshouse, Native Oysters, and Perry White trio. And, relocated from NY to Margate the best drummer I’ve ever seen – Doug Sides and his quartet, and a few others we regretfully didn’t get to see – all for £25! Insane. But thanks.

Credits

Personally, I’m very grateful to a small team of enthusiastic people – ‘enthusiasm is our fuel’ – And so, in the format of film/TV credits and in random order, here are the credits. See you in 2016,

MARTIN GOODSMITH
MJF Slave.

MARGATE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2015

Artists

  • CHRISTINE TOBIN & PHIL ROBSON
  • EMILIA MARTENSSON
  • JIM MULLEN ORGAN TRIO
  • MICHAEL J McEVOY
  • JUAN PEREZ RODRIGUES with AUXI FERNANDEZ
  • DOUG SIDES QUINTET
  • DICK PEARCE
  • THE DELTA PLAYERS with MARK HEWINS
  • GLASSHOUSE
  • NATIVE OYSTER BAND
  • DULCIE MAY MORENO and the JAZZCATS
  • THREE
  • MOOSE TROOP (now BURRITO FOX)
  • RICHARD ROZZE TRIO
  • PERRY WHITE TRIO

Production

  • MATTHEW GOODSMITH
    Graphic Design and Photography
  • KIRSTY McEWAN
    Social Media
  • ADRIAN WHELAN
    Web Design and Ticketing
  • NEIL ASKEW
    Venues and Hosting
  • NICK LUND
    Photography
  • JACQUIE EDWARDS
    Artiste Liason, Contracts, Admin.
  • MARLA MADISON
    PR and Underwriting
  • PETER PURTON
    Executive Management
  • JULIAN NEWICK
    Finance
  • SOPHIE JEFFRIES
    Executive Management
  • ROSIE ESCOTT
    Arts Funding

Huge thanks to our sponsors

  • SHEPHERD NEAME
  • MARGATE TOWN TEAM
  • THORLEY TAVERNS
  • NE DESIGNS
  • THE WALPOLE HOTEL

And thanks to all of our venues

  • MORGANS (big thanks to Allyson Jones and her staff)
  • WEST COAST BAR
  • THE LIFEBOAT
  • RICCUS
  • THE HOY
  • The Glass Jar
  • THE WIG & PEN

Our Tech Team

Big thanks especially to

  • ELI THOMPSON
    And his accomplices:
  • ALEX
  • PETER SWINDLEY
  • MATTEUS GOCEK

Keep in touch!

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Thanks and see you in 2016!