Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival 2017 Musical Programme

Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival takes place over thee days from Friday 2nd June to Sunday 4th June 2017 in venues throughout Lichfield city centre.

Friday June 2nd – Lichfield Sports Club

The Climax Blues Band

Founded in the 60’s, by the much missed Colin Cooper, Climax Blues Band has always focused on its roots, a unique combination of jazz and blues. After 18 albums, the classic world-wide hit “Couldn’t Get It Right” and tours of the UK, Europe and the US, Climax Blues Band is still on the road playing the blues in a creative way that has always been synonymous with their name.

Northbound

Northbound perform a modern take on traditional delta blues which includes a mix of original material and traditional blues songs. Their performances heavily feature authentic blues harp playing as well as slide guitar. Originally formed as a trio in they added upright bass in the summer of 2015 to complete their sound. They regularly play around the Midlands Area and have played many blues festivals.

Friday June 2nd – The George Hotel

Lichfield Jazz All Stars

Following a year of successful gigs at The George IV, fellow organiser Nick Dewhurst will be pulling together some of the outstanding musicians who played there over the last 12 months. Expect a evening of exciting mind blowing Jazz with an enjoyable sense of humour.

Saturday June 2nd – The George IV

Pop Up Blues & Jazz Stage

Come along and hear some fine blues and jazz from musicians and surprise visits from professionals.

Saturday June 3rd – Lichfield Guildhall

Masai Blues

Midlands based band Masai Blues is bringing new energy to ‘deep south ‘ blues led by Judy Blue who brings a new surge to the songs of Joe Williams, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Keb Mo to name just a few.

Emma Johnson Boogie Woogie Quartet

Storming the Birmingham music scene, this newly formed vibrant mix of Midlands based musicians have already had huge success at the Birmingham International Jazz Festival and local venues

Callum Roxburgh Swing Orchestra

With a big beefy sound of saxophones, trumpets and trombones plus a lively rhythm section and a copious collection of tunes.

Baxter – Dunnett Big Band

The explosive 15 piece Baxter – Dunnett Big Band, brings together some of Birmingham’s and London’s finest young musicians.

Saturday June 3rd – Wade Street Church

Blast Off

Lichfield’s own funkiest, grooviest community band ‘Blast Off’ complete this fine evening of music with their explosive mix of funky riffs, lively tunes and groovy beats. Just Enjoy!

Chris Gumbley & Anything Goes

We are extremely proud to be bringing this very creative quartet of musicians to play at the Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival 2017. They are leader Chris Gumbley clarinet, saxes, keyboard; Nicola Farnon Double Bass, cello, vocals; outstanding accordionist Karen Street and Mr Guitars himself Fred ‘T’ Baker.

Guitar Workshop with Fred “T” Baker

After last year’s masterful solo concert we offer a chance for all guitarists to learn from the master in Fred’s friendly easy going manner. The cost of this workshop is just £5 and places limited, so book early.

Sunday June 4th – Lichfield Guildhall & Wade Street Church

Blues & Jazz Festival Service

Join the musicians and congregation of Wade Street Church in a special service arranged for the festival.

Remi Harris Trio

Get into the swing of things with this super trio, if you enjoy Gypsy Jazz then you will love this fine young talented guitarist with Mike Green bass and Caley Glover guitar.

Dance With Me Henry Workshop

Lindy Hop dance workshop led by experts Chico White & Jacqui Evans. Learn all the moves before hitting the Guildhall dance floor to the sounds of the master of swing.

Sticky Wicket & his Swing Orchestra

Regular visitors to Lichfield Arts, this fine band will make you get up and dance to the Swing music of the 30’s onwards. Master drummer Sticky brings this talented band of Chris Gumbley Saxes, Danny McCormack keyboards, Geoff Tooley guitar, Tomas Pedersen Bass plus the fabulous vocalist Linda Morris for you to enjoy and dance away the evening.