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Missing your music fix? There's an international jazz festival just around the corner

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

  • Jazzjive Swing experts James and Bridget Hamilton

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Missing your music fix after last weekend's Cheltenham Jazz Festival?

You don’t have to wait long for your next fix: there’s another jazz festival just around the corner – and this time you get sunshine thrown in.

The International Upton Jazz Festival takes place from June 27 to 29 in picturesque Upton-upon-Severn.

Expect three days of world-class jazz from trad to New Orleans, gypsy to modern and swing to boogie woogie with a liberal helping of dance as artists from across Europe and the United States converge on the riverside town.

This year, in its 29th year, there’s a dedicated dance marquee led by Cheltenham-based ex-UK lindyhop champions James and Bridget Hamilton, complete with world-renowned dance bands and jazzjive swing classes.

There’s a whole new festival village in the heart of town, with camping, music marquees, trade stands and bars.

New musical director Rachel Hayward, a vibes player with band Rachel’s Dream and ex-MD of Bude Jazz Festival, says this year’s line-up is a cracker.

“I’m so excited about this year,” she said. “On the Friday, Keith Nichols is playing who is the master of classic jazz.

“Then on the Saturday, Moscow Drug Club are on – one of our new raft of eastern European bands – which are brilliantly presented.”

They’re joined by star of the New York jazz scene Sally Night, Tom Kincaid, Spats Langham and trumpet virtuosos Ben Cummings and James Brownfield among a host of other international jazz stars.

Discounted early-bird tickets are available until May 31 from £20.

Book at www.uptonjazz.co.uk or call 01684 593254.

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