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South Coast Jazz Festival 2017

Starts: 26th Jan 2017

Four days of world class jazz celebrating both established and up-and-coming artists alongside workshops and a jazz talk. Curated by Claire Martin OBE and Julian Nicholas.


Start Date

26th Jan 2017

End Date

29th Jan 2017


Ropetackle Arts Centre


Ray Gelato's Giants, Claire Martin, Alec Dankworth, J-Sonics, Zoe Rahman, Dennis Rollins' Funky Funk, Sarah Jane Morris, Jim Mullen


Now a firmly established fixture on the south coast, Claire Martin OBE and Julian Nicholas are delighted to announce that thanks to kind support from Arts Council England, the South Coast Jazz Festival will be returning for a third year in January 2017.

Expanding on the success of its previous editions, the core weekend will again take place at Ropetackle, but this year complemented by a further seven days of concerts, workshops and special events at The Verdict jazz club in Brighton and The Old Market in Hove.

The festival will forge new alliances with fellow jazz supporting organisations and develop its existing relationships to deliver a comprehensive programme that will not only showcase young and emerging artists alongside the best of today’s British jazz scene, but also reflect the rich and culturally diverse landscape of jazz today.

Legendary jazz-funk band Incognito launched the festival with a special party at The Old Market, and the January programme will commence with a performance from emerging pianist David Drake. Headliners for the rest of the festival include Alec Dankworth Spanish Accents, Zoe Rahman, Sarah Jane Morris, Jim Mullen’s Organ Trio, Ray Gelato’s Giants, and a schedule of workshops and seminars covering jazz education, the music business, jazz for juniors and instrumental masterclasses.

We’re delighted to announce Jazz FM is a media partner for this year’s festival. Don’t miss out on upcoming interviews with festival artists and all the latest festival news on-air and on-line. Jazz FM is available on DAB+ in Shoreham, Hove, Brighton and surrounding areas, having recently returned to national DAB. Playing a unique mix of jazz, blues and soul, the station regularly features festival favourites Incognito, Ray Gelato, Claire Martin and Dennis Rollins.

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