Hull Jazz Festival
20 to 22 November
The Hull Jazz Festival Winter Edition 2014 opened on Thursday 20 November with Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble and the Sigamos String Quartet, presenting In Loving Memory of America: Charlie Parker with Strings.
The Festival continued on Friday 21 November with a special lunchtime concert at the University of Hull with the Jonathan Gee Trio. Friday evening at Hull Truck saw Arun Ghosh, winner of the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Award for Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year and a favourite at this year's Freedom Festival, performing tracks from his acclaimed album South Asian Suite. Next up on the Friday evening, we had Tim Kliphuis and his trio, performing their incredible tribute to Stéphane Grappelli. In the foyer on the Giant Steps stage, our platform for local Hull talent, we hosted a Giant Steps Jazz Jam featuring members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, City of Hull Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Aesthetic from the University of Hull.
Saturday 22 November kicked off with a workshop with Tim Kliphuis and Nigel Clark offering a Beginner's Guide to Gypsy Jazz. We were delighted to end the festival with a very special performance with NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) with guest artist Soweto Kinch. They were joined on stage by young local musicians from the City of Hull Youth Jazz Orchestra and the University of Hull.
Hull Jazz Festival will return in July 2015 with a special Northern Linefestival, in collaboration with Jazz North, celebrating the best jazz artists from across the North of England.
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