SNOWBOY & THE LATIN SECTION
THE JIVE ACES
Sunday 17th October @ The Palace Theatre, Westcliff
Snowboy & The Latin Section - Without a doubt, Europe’s leading Afro-Cuban Jazz performers and recording artists, led by multi-percussionist Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove. They are constantly stoking the fire of the Latin Jazz scene and always deliver electric live performances.
The Jive Aces - Renowned worldwide for their high-energy spectacular showmanship, their viral video "Bring Me Sunshine" and for being the first live band to reach the final rounds of "Britain's Got Talent", The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves the UK's No.1 Jive & Swing band.
3:30pm - The Jive Aces
8:00pm - Snowboy & The Latin Section
Call for more info: 07512 252699 (Answerphone Service)
LAUNCH PARTY WITH SUNCHASER
Monday 11th October @ The Chalkwell Park Rooms
The 2021 Southend Jazz Festival Launch Party is hosted by the Jazz Mix, Southend-on-Sea. It sees the return of local jazz funk-fusion band Sunchaser, led by local drummer Neil Robinson, a professional touring and recording artist for more than 20 years.
As well as once being a core member of the James Taylor Quartet he has performed alongside artists such as Tom Jones, Mica Paris and Tony Hadley to name but a few.
Neil is joined on stage for the evening by a superb band of local musicians featuring Zak Barrett on saxophone, Sam Edwards on keyboards, Andy Staples on bass, Graham Cuttill on percussion and Dave Ital on guitar.
Doors open 8pm. Music 8.30pm-11pm.
Tuesday 12th October @ The Palace Theatre, Westcliff
Join boogie woogie piano genius and vocalist Tom Seals and his incredible band for an evening of great entertainment. Expect everything from feel-good jazz and blues to swing and soul and of course, Tom’s seen-to-be believed boogie woogie. Featuring a string of classics along with Tom’s own music, including current hit single “Kissing In-Between The 45’s”, as well as tracks and behind-the-scenes stories from his Sky TV show, “Tom Seals Presents”…this is a show not to be missed!
Having sold-out shows worldwide, from Ronnie Scott’s to Dubai Opera House, Tom’s Sky TV show hosted celebrity guests; Matt Lucas, Anton Du Beke, Georgia “Toff” Toffolo, Sir Kenny Dalglish, Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs and many more.
He’s appeared alongside Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, KT Tunstall and performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, as well as regularly appearing at a duelling pianos show with Jools Holland.
The UK’s newest Piano Man is here.
Presented by Cuffe & Taylor.
Show Starts: 7.30pm
HAMISH STUART BAND
Wednesday 13th October @ Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavilion
Presented by The Jazz Mix, Southend-on-Sea: Glasgow-born Hamish Stuart shot to fame in the 1970's as the falsetto voice and guitarist of the Average White Band, his distinctive song writing and vocal and guitar style helping pave the way to their extraordinary worldwide success. Stuart went on to write, record and tour with an array of soul stars including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, George Benson and Chaka Khan.
In the late 80’s joined Paul McCartney’s band appearing on several albums and world tours over six years. The Hamish Stuart Band however, reflects his own personality, immensely diverse interests and influences, while showcasing his inimitable vocal style.
Joining Hamish on the stage will be Adam Phillips on guitar, Steve Pearce on bass, Ross Stanley on keyboards and Ian Thomas on drums.
Doors open 8pm. Music 8.30pm-11pm.
THE MUKASA COLLECTIVE
Thursday 14th October @ Chalkwell Park Rooms
The Mukasa Collective are an electric and passionate group of musicians reminiscing from the era of jazz fusion and beyond.
The group is a mixture of 6 talented musicians who have a very eclectic taste and bring their experience from gigging with various named artists and have also performed in many iconic venues including Wembley Arena, Jazz Caf and Ronnie Scotts.
They combine their love of improvisation mixed with solid grooves and melodic undertones. Their influences include Chick Corea, Dave Weckl, Herbie Hancock and Richard Bona just to mention a few.
Doors: 7:00pm | Music: 8:00pm
Friday 15th October @ The Oaktree Restaurant
TJ Johnson is widely considered to be one of the UK’s most charismatic and highly revered jazz & blues singers.
Always a true ambassador of the soul, TJ sings songs of love lost and gained, of life wholesome and corrupt, songs of hope and despair, songs of the night, all with the true passion and boozy swagger of only a man who has been there and knows.
Jazz Singer and Bluesy, Honky Tonk Piano player, TJ Johnson plays an extraordinary blend of music that transcends the boundaries of jazz, blues, soul, country and gospel and is influenced by some of the greats such as Ray Charles, Dr John, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, BB King, Nina Simone, Alberta Hunter, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Witherspoon and many more. His distinctive voice and unique personal stage manner always bring both the band and the audience together to create an intimate yet exciting atmosphere that is rarely equaled.
Music FREE with dinner reservation. Music: 8:00pm.
CON ALMA (SPECIAL GUEST: MICK FOSTER)
Friday 15th October @ The Alex, Alexandra Street
With a name inspired by a Dizzy Gillespie classic, "Con Alma" is a modern jazz quartet made up for four well respected musicians, well known to the local jazz scene.
Drums: Simon Harwood
Piano: Tim Huskisson
Guitar: Mike Sagrott
Bass: Roger Curphey
Con Alma, whose name literally translates as "with soul" will be joined for this special Southend Jazz Festival show by special guest Mick Foster, one of the UK's foremost exponents of the Baritone Saxophone.
Join us for a brilliant night of great music in the relaxed setting, upstairs at The Alex.
MOVIE SCREENING: PROFOUNDLY BLUE
Saturday 16th October @ The Jazz Centre UK
We are delighted to offer the first public screening of "Profoundly Blue".
'Profoundly Blue' was a live show put together by Adrian Cox, one of the world's best and most charismatic clarinettists, celebrating the life and music of the great Edmond Hall. He toured the show all over the world for more than two years, including an incredible performance at the 2019 Southend Jazz Festival.
The concert has now been immortalised in this stunning movie, produced by the Bear Club in Luton, which features narration by Adrian and beautiful cinematography of the live music performances.
The movie has previously only been available for online download, but is now seeing its first public screening at the Jazz Centre UK, with kind permission of The Bear Club, at the 2021 Southend Jazz Festival.
MARK WADE & MARCO MARCONI
Saturday 16th October @ The Alex, Alexandra Street
We are delighted to welcome Mark Wade to the Southend Jazz Festival, all the way From New York City. Mark has repeatedly been voted amongst the best Bass players in the World by the prestigious Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll.
In an exceptionally rare UK performance, Mark Wade teams up with one of Europe's finest jazz pianists, the wonderful Marco Marconi.
The pair last played in the UK back in February 2020, where they wowed audiences at Southend's very own Prima Jazz Club (Genting Casino).
Don't miss this chance to see them live in the relaxed atmosphere, upstairs at the Alex.
Box Office: 0333 666 3366
(Additional booking fees apply)
Thank you to our incredible venues for helping to make the festival dream a reality.
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