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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Go East! Lockerbie Jazz Festival

From Alan Thomson

The ninth Lockerbie Jazz Festival is spreading its wings.  In addition to a programme packed with high quality jazz and blues acts in the host town, the Festival features events across Annandale and Eskdale - with a series of concerts in Moffat and a music/dinner in Annan.

The Festival programme features the BBC Big Band playing music from the great American songbook with special guest, Georgina Jackson; Scottish Blues’ finest singer, Maggie Bell; the return of New Orleans clarinet superstar, Evan Christopher; and  Del Amitri guitarist Kris Dollimore, playing the Del Amitri Restaurant in Annan. 

Jazz stars are queuing up to play in Moffat on Sunday with saxophonist John Burgess kicking things off with his specially assembled quartet playing a tribute to Alex Welsh.  Then the world premiere of a duo between New Orleans clarinetist and top Scottish jazz pianist, Brian Kellock. Virtuoso violinist Seonaid Aitken ends the day with her Django Reinhardt inspired band Rose Room.
Dom Pipkin and the Ikos play Lockerbie Town Hall on Saturday 27th September
Thanks to the support of the Holywood and Robertson Trusts the Festival has put together a range of youth and community projects across Annandale and Eskdale, with this year featuring young jazz groups from across the region - young musicians getting the opportunity to learn from and play alongside professional musicians from the BBC Big Band. 
Rose Room play the Moffat House Hotel on Sunday 28th September

The centrepiece of the Festival is Take 5, a five hour, three stage musical extravaganza which features a host of bands playing jazz from Count Basie to Stan Getz; newly formed youth bands; plenty of blues (look out for Deluxe Blues!) and headlined by Dom and the Ikos – a fantastically hot New Orleans funk and blues style band driven by killer piano player Dom Pipkin – taking time off from his regular gig with Paloma Faith and teaching Jonathan Ross to play the piano.

For full details and events listings head to the Lockerbie Jazz website here

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