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Talented Line Up Sets Upbeat Tone Of Scarborough Jazz Festival
Sharon Cain, Features Writer
Highly acclaimed jazz pianist, arranger, composer and record producer, Janette Mason. Photo by Steve Hare
A feast of fun fringe events - which included a Teddy Bears' jazz picnic and gospel thumping music to shake up a sleepy Sunday morning - perfectly complimented Scarborough's 15th jazz festival programme.

The event at the town's Spa and sun pavilion was bathed in streaming seaside sunshine with locals enjoying the free gigs and aficionados from far and wide savouring the jazz.

A variety of the best swinging modern jazz comprised clarinet maestros Ken Peplowski and Hexagonal, Loire Funk All Stars, Nicholas Meier Quartet, Nikki Iles and Stan Sulzmann - and Seven Pieces of Silver.

The wealth of talent included highly acclaimed jazz pianist, arranger, composer and record producer, Janette Mason, whose impressive track record includes touring with artists spanning Seal, Oasis, k.d Lang and Robert Wyatt. Numbers included 'May's Song' in memory of her late mother who performed in the Gracie Cole Big Band and played jazz organ.

Classically trained solo pianist, Jason Rebello. Photo by Steve Hare
Classically trained solo pianist, Jason Rebello - renowned for working with major artists including Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Joss Stone - also wowed the crowd. He was hailed as the finest young jazz magician the country has ever produced when he first came to the attention of the public and critics.

15 players for 15th festival: Clark Tracey's Stan Tracey Legacy Band. Photo by Steve Hare
Clark Tracey's Stan Tracey Legacy Band aptly brought together 15 players for the 15th festival. The lively band is lead by Clark Tracey, a leading UK drummer and bandleader whose father and pianist, Stan Tracey, was referred to as the 'Grandfather of British Jazz'.

Striking the right chord: Seven Pieces of Silver. Photo by Steve Hare
Led by acclaimed bass player and arranger, Paul Baxter, the energy fuelled Seven Pieces of Silver celebrated the music of late pioneering jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver, who played with Art Blakey and Stan Getz.

The biggest star offstage is once again festival director and co-founder of Scarborough Jazz, Mike Gordon, who is already passionately promoting the 2018 programme taking place across September 28-30. The perennial challenge will be surpassing the success of this year's event - undoubtedly a tough one to beat!

Bathed in seaside sunshine: Scarborough Spa. Photo by Steve Hare
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For details of the 2018 festival, visit The Scarborough Jazz Festival 2018

Talented Line Up Sets Upbeat Tone Of Scarborough Jazz Festival, 28th September 2017, 9:11 AM