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Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival 2016 FULL LINE UP announced
(Published: May 17, 2016)

2016 is shaping up to be Burton Agnes' biggest and best festival to date with a superb line-up of some of the finest national and international artists gracing their main stage.

Opening the festival on the Friday is Mad Dog Jones and the Sophisticats. Martin 'Mad Dog' Jones entertains the audience with his charismatic character and plays well loved jazz classics with an infectious enthusiasm the will see the band open the festival in style and have your toes tapping and fingers snapping. Joining them on opening night is the nine-piece powerhouse Bugalu Foundation. Their style is heavily influenced by the music of Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri, and particularly the '70s era of ‘Our Latin Thing'. The musical traditions of New York's east and west Harlem come together in an irresistible fusion of jazz, funk and soul with the beats of ‘El Barrio' and the Hispanic traditions of Latin America, more than a hint of Palmieri's trombone rich ‘La Perfecta', combined with the guitar fuelled Afro-Latin style of Joe Battaan.

Saturday artists so far include Manjula, a Leeds based project exploring, innovating and bringing together rhythms and melodies from diverse cultures to create a beautiful mix of sounds from around the globe. They incorporate Portuguese, African and Latin jazz influences with the haunting ambience of Indian vocal training and the rhythmic attack of jazz improvisation. Pan Jumby showcase calypso/jazz sounds from ace steel pannist Dudley Nesbitt, with Richard Ormrod on sax and the Pan Jumby band - you can't fail to be smiling and dancing to their infectious beat. From the North West jazz scene, and putting a fresh spin on the sax/bass/drums trio format, is the Blind Monk Trio, who draw their influences from the entire history of the genre (Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, FLY), blend this with alternative rock and eastern folk and present quirky original compositions along with some surprising arrangements of classic standards.

Burton Agnes are also delighted to announce that Elaine Delmar will grace their stage on Saturday evening.
One of the great British jazz voices of all time, Elaine Delmar brings her acclaimed interpretations of two of the greatest songbooks of all time, Gershwin and Porter. Accompanied by a stellar group of musicians, Elaine performs classic arrangements of George Gershwin and Cole Porter, as well as taking a fresh new look at some iconic twentieth century music. Favourites include numbers such as: S'Wonderful, Embraceable You, Begin the Begine, Night and Day, Summertime and I Get A Kick Out Of You.
"Among the multitude of good jazz singers in Britain, there is not one who can surpass Elaine Delmar." Dave Gelly, Sunday Observer

How do we follow the hugely talented Elaine Delmar?
With the legendary PP Arnold who will headline our main stage on Saturday evening!
Arriving in England as an Ikette with the Ike & Tina Revue, PP was spotted by Mick Jagger, who immediately convinced Andrew Loog Oldham to sign her to his ‘Immediate' record label. Several huge hits followed, the best-known being ‘The first cut is the deepest', ‘Angel of the morning' and ‘If you think you're groovy'. PP was one of the iconic faces of London's swinging '60s.

PP has collaborated, recorded, worked and toured alongside such luminaries as The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces, Jimi Hendrix, Rod Stewart, Barry Gibb, Eric Clapton, Humble Pie, Nick Drake, Roger Waters, Ocean Color Scene, Primal Scream, The Manfreds, and many more. Her session credits read like a Who's Who list that stretches across more than four decades of rock 'n roll and pop history.

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival are also delighted to announce that Leeds and London-based improvising violinist Matt Holborn will get proceedings under way on the final day of this year's festival on the Sunday lunchtime.
In the gypsy jazz and swing circuit, Matt has appeared at many international venues and festivals such as Festival Django Reinhardt de Samois (France), Torino Jazz Festival (Italy), Pizza Express Jazz Club and Ronnie Scott's (UK). Matt has performed with musicians such as Paulus Schaffer, Remi Harris, Kourosh Kanani, Giacomo Smith and Adrien Moignard.
Matt has also performed at the BRIT Awards afterparty, Buckingham Palace, The Royal Albert Hall and has appeared on BBC drama

Sunday brings Lindsay Hannon's debut at the Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival. Rooted in the improvisational traditions of jazz, this engaging band moves from raucous barrel house blues to thoughtful, spacious ballads across a variety of grooves, creating an electric atmosphere. Also performing is Graeme Wilson, whose quartet is all about heartfelt improvisation on idiosyncratic tunes that stay with you. They infuse driving jazz and Latin rhythms, or ambient swing with enthusiasm for folk and rock ballads, free jazz and the dance floor.

Bringing the Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival 2016 to an end is the delightful Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band. The band celebrate the songs they love, and play their own original compositions with a youthful vigour and energy. From furious funk to laid back blues, grooving rhythms and beautiful ballads, this band will definitely have you moving! Having played in a number of well-known venues all over Europe and the USA and shared the stage with world renowned DJs, session musicians and jazz artists, Ben Beattie is soon becoming one of this country's must see artists himself. Festival organiser and saxophonist Simon Cunliffe-Lister also joins the band.

Late Night Sessions in association with ADASTRA music agency www.adastra-music.co.uk

Following hot on the heels of Friday's and Saturday's main stage acts, the party continues in the bar tent with fabulous performances, where bands including festival favourites ‘The Alligators' will entertain revellers into the night, with more artists TBC.

As in previous years, artists and bands overflow from the outdoor main stage into the Great Hall, the Hall's shops and café courtyard, and the late night sessions in the Wold Top bar tent. Delicious food is freshly prepared by Burton Agnes' catering team and local caterers Field & Forage, ranging from homemade burgers to spicy curries, ice creams from Burton Agnes' own 1963 vintage ice cream van, and bakes and cupcakes in a wonderful tea tent. Local, award winning Wold Top beers will be on tap, brewed just a few miles away and delivered by brewer and jazz fan Tom Mellor, who then picks up his guitar to play in the Hall.

There is camping in the beautiful surroundings of the adjacent Park Field, with much welcomed hot showers included. Adults and children alike can also enjoy balloon artistry, face painting and highlights of Burton Agnes' grounds including a maze, giant games, jungle garden and its serene woodland walk with crafted forest wildlife creatures and sculptures to find.

"Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended." The Independent


Tickets are on sale from here http://www.burtonagnes.com/Jazz_Festival/Tickets_and_Prices.html by telephone 01262 490324 (weekdays 9am-5pm), or from any of the shops at Burton Agnes Hall.

More Information: http://www.burtonagnes.com/Jazz_Festival

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