Scarborough Jazz Festival 2022

23 - 25 September

Friday 23 September 2022, 12:00 PM

Tickets go on sale Friday 4 February at 10am. 

For ticket links and information scroll to the bottom of the page.

Scarborough Jazz Festival

The Grand Hall | Scarborough Spa

The 19th Scarborough Jazz Festival will now take place across the weekend of 23-25 September 2022 at Scarborough Spa.

The acts we have booked so far are amazing. There’s the usual mix of established performers (but only those who continue to break new ground) and lesser known innovative acts.

New to the Scarborough Jazz Festival? Check out the Jazz Journal's review of the 2021 festival.

Confirmed Acts...

A Time Remembered:

The music of Bill Evans sung by the legendary Norma Winstone backed by three outstanding musicians: Nikki Iles (keyboards), Stan Sulzmann (sax) and Dave Green (bass). Artist website.

Alan Barnes & Dave Newton:
Probably the best reeds/piano duo around. Always exploring new ground and always receiving the highest praise in our audience evaluations. Artists website  Alan Barnes  David Newton

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Rory Ingham/Jim Davison Sextet.
This project demonstrates hard-bop with a frighteningly fresh feel; the music is wildly high-energy and unbelievably swinging. Featuring some of the very finest talent on the British Jazz scene. Artist website

Saxophonist Paul Booth has united an all star line up for his Afro/Samba/Fusion 22-piece super big band Bansangu Orchestra. ‘The music is alive, vibrant and engaging and offers an aural punch that only a great big band can deliver’ (All About Jazz). Artist website

Ben Crosland’s Solway Stories:
Bass guitarist and composer Ben Crosland’s memories of the countryside around the Solway Firth inspired him to write these twelve musical vignettes beautifully performed with impressive solos by trumpeter Steve Waterman and Steve Lodder on keyboards. Artist website. 

Georgia Cécile:
Tipped as ‘One To Watch’ by Wonderland Magazine and Jazz FM, Georgia Cécile is at the helm of the new wave of UK jazz crossover artists. Artist website.

Dennis Rollins’ Funky-Funk:
This is a great jazz groove band led by the irrepressible trombonist Dennis Rollins.  The music includes a reworking of some well known classic funk compositions in the way of Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder. It's a joyous occasion! Artist website

Hannah Horton Quartet:
“Hannah Horton blows funky tenor, gutsy baritone and can write a good tune,” wrote Bebop Spoken Here on her latest release, Inside Out. ‘Rising star Hannah Horton … there’s bold and gritty playing on both baritone and tenor sax’, (Jazzwise). Artist website

Iain Ballamy (UK) & Stian Carstensen (Norway):
The resonance of button accordion (Stian) and tenor saxophone (Iain) is a rare, rich and beautiful sonority.  In the hands of these two exceptional musicians it is a combination capable of a great range of moods and textures portrayed with great dexterity. Artist website. 

John Law’s Re-Creations:
John’s quartet was one of the big highlights of our 2019 festival. He has a fantastic new programme The quartet still features amazing saxophonist and Parliamentary Jazz Award Winner Sam Crockatt. Artist website

Lunar Octet:
This award-winning band from the USA plays highly original and eclectic music drawing on Cuban and Puerto Rican salsa, rock, South African high-life music and Brazilian sambas to forge a new sound enriched by these traditions. Artist website.

Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius:
Two of the greatest guitarists in the world have joined forces. Martin Taylor worked with Stephane Grappelli for 11 years filling the guitar chair for Django Reinhardt and Ulf Wakenius worked with Oscar Peterson for 10 years filling the guitar chair for Joe Pass, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel. A very special act! Artist website  Martin Taylor  Ulf Wakenius.

New York Brass Band:
This will be a happy, lively start to our Saturday programme from a powerful team of some of Yorkshire’s finest musicians packing an arsenal of percussion, sax, trumpets, trombones and sousaphone and with a repertoire with a broad range of styles from jazz to pop, reggae to funk and New Orleans to ska. Artist website.

Nicola Farnon Trio featuring David Newton and Philip Johnson:
Humphrey Lyttleton said of Nicola: ‘A remarkable performer on stage and an outstandingly swinging and propulsive bass player …’ Dave Newton is one of the great UK pianists. Artist website

Os Caras – The Edison Machada Project
The project is a tribute to Edison Machado the underrated pioneer of Samba and Bossa Nova on the drum kit.  Despite playing and recording with Sergio Mendes, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Os Bossa Três, Elis Regina, Raul de Souza, Chet Baker, Ron Carter and many more, his influence today is largely forgotten. Featuring some of the North's top jazz musicians, the band aims to bring about awareness of one of the most important musicians you've never heard of! Artist link

Shirley Smart Trio:
Trailblazing cellist and composer Shirley Smart has a vast array of musical influences, The trio features two of the UK's leading lights in world-influenced jazz - John Crawford on piano, and Demi Garcia Sabat on percussion. Artist website

The Simon Spillett Big Band Plays Tubby Hayes
Simon Spillett, biographer, renowned saxophonist, bandleader and leading authority on Hayes, has assembled an amazing, all-star band to play the big band charts of the late, great Tubby Hayes. Artist website

Compere: Alan Barnes

Line up timings:

Friday 23 Sept
12.30 – 13.45: Os Caros – The Edison Machado Project
14.15 – 15.30: Nicola Farnon Trio featuring Dave Newton and Phil Johnson
16:00 – 17.15: Dennis Rollins Funky Funk
19:00 – 20.15: Lunar Octet 
20.45 - 22.00: Alan Barnes & Dave Newton
22.30 - 23.45: Bansangu

Saturday 24 Sept
12.30 – 13.45: New York Brass band
14.15 – 15.30: Ben Crosland’s Solway Stories
16:00 – 17.15: Iain Ballamy (UK) & Stian Carstensen (Norway)
19:00 – 20.15: Simon Spillett Big Band Plays Tubby Hayes
20.45 - 22.00: Georgia Cecile
22.30 – 23.45: Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius 

Sunday 25 Sept
12.30 – 13.45: Shirley Smart Trio
14.15 – 15.30: John Law’s Re Creations
16:00 - 17.15: A Time Remembered
19:00 – 20.15: Hannah Horton Quartet
20.45 – 22:00: Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Rory Ingham/Jim Davison Sextet 


On sale now

Weekend  £124.25

Student Weekend  £53.40

Day Tickets  £63.50

Day Student  £26.40

Friday Afternoon  £20.75

Friday Evening  £47.75

Saturday Afternoon  £38.75

Saturday Evening  £47.75

Sunday Afternoon  £38.75

Sunday Evening  £42.15

Festival Dining: 
More details TBC soon.