Pickering will be alive to the sound of jazz next month when the sixth annual Ryedale Trad Jazz Festival hits town.
Entertainers from all over the country will descend on Pickering from 22nd to 28th July for a great week’s entertainment.
Organisers hope it will be the best yet as they have put together an impressive line-up of concerts featuring some great jazz bands.
Ryedale Jazz Society Secretary Wilson Hepplestone said: “For our sixth Ryedale Trad Jazz Festival, we are looking forward to building on previous successes by again providing established, top quality ‘circuit’ bands. Tickets are selling well so if you are thinking of attending I recommend that you book your tickets now.”
The festival kicks off with the Spirituals Concert featuring Ryedale Jazz Society’s resident band the Ryedale Jazz band at St Peter and St Paul’s Church on Sunday 22nd July at 2.30pm.
For the rest of the week the venue changes to Pickering Memorial Hall with all concerts starting at 7.30pm.
On Monday 23rd on stage will be the Harlem Hot Stompers , a well-known and respected band from Manchester. On Tuesday 24th, the festival welcomes New Orleans Heat, a traditional New Orleans-style jazz band who have toured across Europe. On Wednesday the 25th another well-travelled and ever-popular band, the Jubilee Jazz Band will play.
Thursday 26th July sees the Tame Valley Stompers at the Memorial Hall, promising ‘tight, first-class jazz with a sense of fun’. Concert-goers will enjoy a taste of swinging Dixieland Jazz on Friday 27th, when the Tees Valley Jazzmen are visitors and then the festival ends on Saturday 28th July, with Mike Lovell and his band, Six-in-a-Bar.
Tickets cost £5 for the Sunday Spirituals Concert and £12 for the other individual concerts. A Monday to Saturday ticket is available, costing £60. All tickets are available from Amy Ward on 01759 371583 or by writing to 51 Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York YO41 1LS. Please make your cheque out to Ryedale Jazz Society.