The name may have changed, but this has done nothing to diminish the quality or the class of Lyme Regis’ longstanding jazz weekend. This year the Jazz, Blues & Real Ale Weekend boasts a superb line up of local and international musicians, including Geno Washington and Ginger Baker. Combined with Lyme’s colourful flare, the jazz weekend 2013 will be one to remember.
Getting the weekend off to a swinging start is a long-standing festival favourite Gerry Brown and the Mission Hall Band, who will be performing at the Marine Theatre on Friday evening.
Not one to forget important traditions, the fabulous jazz parade will be gracing our streets from 11 am. Full of bright and beautiful outfits and umbrellas with a marching band to boot, the parade is a unique and quirky event not be missed – and a great photo opportunity at that!
Shortly afterwards there will be performances at the Marine Theatre by 3 great jazz artists – Julie Dunn (vocals), Neil Maya (saxophone) and Louise Parker (vocals). All will be accompanied by Philip Clouts who is the curator of the Marine Theatre’s popular “Jazz in the Bar” series.
Saturday night heralds one of the greatest musicians of the 60s soul scene. Geno Washington and the Yo-Yos will be lighting up the Marine Theatre to show just why he is celebrated as an electrifying performer. Geno Washington, a contemporary of artists such as Jimi Hendrix and The Small Faces (all of whom were his support acts back in the day), continues to play at prestigious stages such at the Albert Hall and will be appearing at Ray Davies’ Summer Meltdown finale at The Royal Festival Hall.
Sunday’s afternoon delight at the Marine Theatre is a celebration of jazz & blues guitar. This will be brought to you by three award winning bluesmen: Harry Skinner and Dave Saunders, superb jazz guitarist Dave Marchant and local favourite Stompin’ Dave Allen.
Last but not least, to round the proceedings off on the Sunday evening at the Marine Theatre is Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion. The legendary drummer from “Cream” will be playing with a formidable quartet of up-and-coming jazz musicians to provide a truly rousing finish to the weekend.
Boy has Lyme Regis pulled it out of the bag again! For more information on all the events happening at the Jazz, Blues & Real Ale Weekend, visit the Marine Theatre website – www.marinetheatre.com.
Lyme Regis Jazz, Blues & Real Ale Weekend Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June 2013 Evening performances: Doors – 7.45 pm ; Onstage – 8.30 pm Afternoon performances: 2 – 5pm Stroller ticket (for all performances): £50.00 Afternoon performances: £6.00 Gerry Brown and the Mission Hall Jazz Band: £10.00 Geno Washington and the Yo-Yos: £15.00 Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion: £18.00