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Lincoln Jazz Festival 2024

19/7/2024

The third Lincoln Jazz Festival in Lincoln Cathedral will get underway on Friday July 19th with headliners the legendary James Taylor Quartet.

The festival, featuring a dozen gigs and a first jazz parade, takes place over the weekend of July 19th to 21st .

The group’s exciting blend of funky Hammond organ-driven jazz and soul will have the audience moving in the Nave, in a gig sponsored by Lincoln’s White Hart Hotel.

Why not join us in Antlers Restaurant for lunch or an early supper before the events, or for drinks in Colonnade Cocktail Lounge after the performances? It’s the perfect accompaniment to the excellent music on offer over the festival.

Elsewhere, at midday on Saturday July 20th, London-based performance group Kinetika Bloco will lead a hundred young people in a colourful and vibrant samba-style carnival parade around the Cathedral grounds with an explosive array of dancers, percussion and brass players.

The parade will feature students from Caistor Yarborough Academy and William Farr Welton schools. Kinetika Bloco’s Legacy Band will also perform afterwards.

Among the outstanding national and international jazz personalities performing in the more intimate Chapter House will be breathtaking Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione, in his trio, blending jazz, Latin, African and flamenco styles. Charismatic vibes player Joe Locke from New York, Canadian-born trumpeter Jay Phelps and stand-out saxophonist Tim Garland will all add star-quality to the bill – backed by outstanding musicians.

Multi-award-winning jazz vocalist Ian Shaw will perform an entertaining solo set before Lincoln’s own leading pianist Tom Cawley delights the audience with top flautist Gareth Lockrane. The pair will also add a new musical dimension to Sunday morning’s popular Jazz Eucharist Service, a musical tradition that numerous visiting jazz bands have built over the years.

Outstanding bass player and vocalist Nicola Farnon will charm the audience with her trio, before saxophonist Andrew Baker’s Quartet takes the stage for a straight-ahead set featuring peerless improvisation and a guest appearance from the festival’s Artistic Director trombonist Dennis Rollins MBE.

Dennis said: “The Newjazz5 and Jazzpac team have worked hard to put together a weekend that offers so much for lovers of great live music, not just jazz-enthusiasts!”

A fine example of that is critically acclaimed Hejira playing the festival out on Sunday evening with an emotional finale celebrating Joni Mitchell’s outstanding jazz-flavoured music.

The festival is made possible with generous support from White Hart Hotel, Arts Council England, Investors in Lincoln, Lincoln BIG, Visit Lincoln, Mjazz, Postlethwaite Music Foundation, John Dawber Trust, Lincolnshire Music Services and venue partner Lincoln Cathedral.

Find out more about the events taking place here.

Download the 2024 brochure.

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