Marlborough Jazz Festival to be a belter

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Clare Teal performs at a previous jazz festival in July 2012 Clare Teal performs at a previous jazz festival in July 2012

Marlborough is getting ready for another sparkling weekend of music as the line-up for this year’s jazz festival is announced.

The three-day festival runs from July 18-20 with artists booked from across the world.

Music will blare from every pub in town with performers such as Big Man Clayton, Chris Jagger and the Red Stripe Band.

Organiser Nick Fogg said: “We seem to be recession-proof. We have never had so many sensational acts on the bill. To see each band individually would cost hundreds of pounds.”

Mr Fogg expects this year to be the best yet with a line-up of new and returning entertainers, including jazz singer Clare Teal and last year’s opener Georgie Fame.

Among the newcomers is A J Brown, who Clare Teal described as an upcoming star.

Stella jazz man Darius Brubeck will put in an appearance along with ex-Chris Barber drummer Sticky Wicket who is returning with his Swing Orchestra.

Mr Fogg said: “The band Moonlight Saving Time, winner of the 2013 Brewin Dolphin Award for The Best Newcomer, will return. This indicates the festival’s ability to build enduring contacts with rising artists.”

Also performing are Brataslava Swing Orchestra, the Budapest Ragtime Band, Daryl Sherman, New Orleans clarinet player Evan Christopher, Australian jazz artist Albare, father and son Leonid and Nikolai Vintskevitch and the MonaLisa Twins. Other highlights include Sarah Gillespie with her new show based on the legend of Bessie Smith.

For tickets and the full line-up visit marlboroughjazz.com

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