JUST GETS BIGGER EVERY YEAR
In 2017, the Leeds Jazz Festival began with a one-off, pop-up event in Millennium Square. Fast forward two years, and the festival, due to take place between 18th and 21st July, has become a major four-day event, attracting thousands with a week-long, build-up fringe festival. There’s set to be over 30 performances from jazz greats, to emerging male and female talent. What’s more, the festival has received funding from Arts Council England – cementing the fact that jazz isn’t a niche music genre for people of a certain age, but a scene that touches all ages, genders and communities.
Diversity is at the heart of the festival, designed to attract die-hard jazz fans whilst drawing newer, younger audiences, with a packed programme of major names, exciting young artists and interactive performances, where people of all ages can get involved and have fun. Tickets for 25s-and-under are half price.
Highlights include performances from award-winning British jazz musician and composer, Andy Sheppard, a stunning Jazz Celebration of Windrush, courtesy of acclaimed UK jazz pianist, Trevor Watkins and the all-star Electric Lady Big Band – ’50 years of Hendrix Masterpiece’, a 16-piece ensemble of leading jazz improvisors.
The Festival takes place in the city’s arts quarter area. The main venues are Leeds College of Music and the Wardrobe, with fringe events taking place at venues throughout city during the week before.
For the full lineup of free and ticked events visit http://www.jazzleedsfestival.co.uk.