News & Updates
Swanage Jazz Festival has secured £16,225 funding from Arts Council England for its 2024 Festival and tickets will go on sale on Saturday 17 February.
Paul Kelly, Festival Chair said “We are delighted that Arts Council England has agreed to back the Festival. Our bid to the Arts Council was built on developing a programme to attract a new and younger audience through schools initiatives and also adding a second marquee on Sandpit Field for a new generation of Jazz groups. This will add a vibrant extra layer to this much-loved Festival.”
Details of the full main programme line-up of around 50 bands will be publicised shortly.
Tickets for Swanage Jazz Festival 2024 will go on sale on Saturday 17 February
We have been awaiting the outcome of a funding bid to Arts Council England. That has now been approved and we are able to get tickets on sale.
In association with the Swanage Jazz Festival, the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club in Corfe Road, Studland are hosting an evening of Big Band Jazz on Friday 7 July. Featuring The Moonlight Swing Band (with plenty of room for dancing), doors will open at 7pm with music from 8pm. Entry for the show is £15 for unreserved seating available from our Ticket page. Reserve a table and book dinner direct with the Golf Club on 01929 450361.
We are delighted to announce that we have obtained provisional approval from Swanage Town Council to use Sandpit Field for our 2023 Swanage Jazz Festival which takes place 7 – 9 July.
There is lots of planning still to do to gain final approval, but we are now well on the way to reviving this much-loved aspect of the Festival.
We will still be using the Mowlem Theatre and one or two smaller venues. But we should now have two venues of around 400 capacity each which will help us bring you an even better programme in 2023.
We are now hard at work planning the 2023 artistic programme and hope to be able to announce the first phase of bookings around mid-January 2023.
Swanage Jazz Festival supporters will be sad to hear that longstanding Festival compere, Brian Blain died last week aged 92.
Brian was an unsung pillar of British Jazz, seemingly around forever. He joined the Musicians’ Union in 1965 as Music Promotions Officer and stayed until retirement, helping countless musicians along the way. It was Brian who commissioned the MU’s talismatic yellow ‘Keep Music Live’stickers.
When in 1967, Ronnie Scotts moved its club to Frith Street, Brian helped persuade the club to make their old Greek Street premises available to a new rising group of young British jazz musicians. This became the legendary ‘Old Place’ which fuelled a British Jazz ‘revolution’ from which many new musicians, bands and composers emerged. In 1968 a group of leading London jazz musicians set up The London Jazz Centre Society and invited Brian to be Chair. He remained Chair of the renamed Jazz Centre Society until the organisation’s untimely demise in 1982.
Brian was a knowledgeable jazz critic and a perceptive writer, reviewing concerts and albums for Melody Maker and other publications under the pseudonym of Christopher Bird. After retiring from the Musicians Union he launched an excellent series of club gigs at Lauderdale house in North London. His knowledge was put to good use as a compere at Swanage Jazz Festival where he introduced a wide range of bands, many of which he knew well personally. He will be much missed at Swanage Jazz Festival.
Our condolences to his wife Maureen and children Matthew and Sarah.
Further tributes to Brian are here: https://londonjazznews.com/2022/10/14/rip-brian-blain-1929-2022/
And accolades and anecdotes on his 90th birthday are here:
Brian’s funeral takes place in London on Tuesday 1 November. If any Swanage Jazz Festival supporters would like to attend please email us for more information – email@example.com
Brian Blain introducing Bobby Wellins at the 2013 Swanage jazz Festival with Kate Williams: piano, Oli Hayhurst: bass and Tristan Mailliott: drums. Photo: Jon Macey
If you have memories of Brian, please share them with us.
Many thanks to all artists and audiences who came to
Swanage Jazz Festival 2022
The weather was gorgeous, the 67 artists in the programme were superb and the audiences responded accordingly.
We’ve had two excellent and insightful reviews already
Many thanks to Jon Turney and Peter Vacher.
We’ve also got some great photos from the Festival
which we will be posting soon. Many thanks John Morrow.
If you have any photographs or film clips you think would be suitable to load up here, please email them or WeTransfer them to info@Swanagejazzfestival.co.uk
We’ll be sending out an audience survey by email shortly. If you attended, please complete it. It will help us plan
an even better event for 2023.
Swanage Jazz Festival 2023 will be
7 – 9 July 2023
More news in due course!
With one week to go, the 31st Swanage Jazz Festival is almost sold out, details as follows:
Jazz Train – SOLD OUT
Weekend Strollers – SOLD OUT
Saturday Strollers – SOLD OUT
Sunday Strollers – Limited Tickets available
Free Festival Fringe – Open to all, subject to venue capacity
The Festival programme – available online here:
Physical copies available to ticket holders from Friday 8 July
All ticket holders have been emailed with details of how to collect their tickets which will be available from The Mowlem Theatre Showbar – on the 1st floor of the Mowlem Theatre
Jazz Train and Dance
Tickets for the Jazz Train and Dance have sold out! We are really sorry if you want to come and cannot get tickets but we have limits both on the Train and in the Hall.
Saturday Programme Change
For health reasons Philip Clouts has sadly had to withdraw from the Festival. His Quartet will be replaced by the excellent Southampton-based J Fashole-Luke Trio. You won’t be disappointed.
Jazz Films added to the Friday programme
Working in partnership with Purbeck Film Festival and The Mowlem Theatre we have booked two films for the Friday evening; The Disney/Pixar animated film ‘Soul’ at 5pm which tells the story of a musicians whose body and soul have become separated (it never happened to Coleman Hawkins). And at 8pm we are screening the Miles Davis bio-pic ‘The Birth Of The Cool’ . Admission is free to Festival ticket holders.
With added Strings – A First For Swanage
Jo Harrop’s performance of ‘The Heart Wants’ on Sunday afternoon will have the added attraction of The Kate Keats String Quartet. A String Quartet is a first for Swanage Jazz Festival.
Gig Guide Festival
The Festival Gig Guide listing who is performing where and when is nearly ready and will be published very soon.