2013 Shetland Jazz Festival

14 February 8pm The Bop Shop - Repeat performance at 11.30pm

Rehearsed reading of Alan Ginsberg’s extended poem Howl! by Jeff Merrifield
with bebop accompaniment by Norman Willmore
Ginsberg’s poem caused a sensation when it first appeared in 1955 in a celebrated reading in the City Lights bookshop run by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Our event will not try to recreate that event but use the ambiance of the new Bop Shop to test out the effectiveness of jazz and poetry for our times. We will also show a documentary film of how the poem came into being with extracts of Ginsberg reading. The late show will end around 2am.
Tickets £5.00 (only 20 tickets available for each concert and strictly for members only)

15 February 7.30pm Town Hall - Gala Concert
Fionna Duncan with Ronnie Rae, Brian Kellock and Tom Bancroft
Trio Red
Troppo Funk
Alison Kay Ramsay

Fionna Duncan will bring her charm and vocal magic as she returns with her musician friends, who all provided a most entertaining and enjoyable evening at the Jazz Christmas Dinner of 2011. Since then Ronnie Rae has been given a lifetime achievement award in the Scottish Jazz Awards and Brian Kellock has gone from strength to strength. Tom Bancroft’s group Trio Red are being raved about by the jazz world and are a welcome addition to this bill. Local performers Troppo Funk and Alison Kay Ramsay will add to a very exciting evening for our Gala Concert in the splendour of the Town Hall.
Tickets £15.00 (13.00 members and concs)

15 February 8pm Bixter Public Hall
Muddy Bay and the Deep Sea Rollers
Brian and Maggie

Let the good times roll in the northern realms of Shetland as the Muddy Bay group drive through their own version of blues and roots music. Brian and Maggie need no introduction save to say they will bring some swing to the proceedings.
Tickets £6.00 (5.00 members and concs)

16 February 4.30pm Town Hall - Shetland Improvisers Orchestra
with special guests Tom Bancroft, Tom Cawley and Graeme Wilson
and an improvised dance piece with John Morris
Bass duo by Ronnie Rae-Per Zanussi
Following their recent successful appearance at the Glasgow Improvisers Festival the Shetland Improvisers Orchestra will bring a range of improvised music from duos and trios to larger ensemble pieces. Special guest performances including the bass duo of Ronnie Rae and Per Zannusi and performances by pianist Tom Cawley, drummer Tom Bancroft and baritone player Graeme Wilson performed with the group and there will be a unique improvised dance piece by John Morris, performed with the orchestra.
Tickets £9.00 (7.00 members and concs)

16 February 7.30pm Mareel - LIGHTHOUSE
Tim Garland reeds / Gwilym Simcock piano/ Asaf Sirkis drums and percussion

plus Tim Garland in a special performance with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland Collective.

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Celebrating their signing to the prestigious German label ACT, the hugely successful Lighthouse are back with their original personnel after two years working on other projects. The newly invigorated trio punch deep into exciting groove-based tunes inspired Celtic rhythms. Grammy winner Tim Garland (who regularly works with Chick Corea in America) and Barclaycard Mercury nominated pianist Gwilym Simcock are two of the most outstanding composers of our time in both jazz and classical genres and are regarded as among the very best in the world on their respective instruments. With Asaf Sirkis playing a custom built percussion set of frame drums, bass Udu, Hang drum and more Lighthouse exude a very special energy and excitement in performance. “Sure-footed virtuosity, a dazzling standard”  The Times

Plus Tim Garland in a special performance with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland Collective. Earlier in 2012 Tim Garland worked with the UK National Youth Jazz Orchestra and they performed together at a BBC Prom in the Royal Albert Hall. Tim will be creating a similar event with the NYJOS collective (the senior members of the orchestra) for this Mareel performance. There will also be pieces specially arranged and performed by young Shetland members of NYJOS.
Tickets £20.00 (18.00 members and concs)

17 February 12noon Tingwall Hall - A Tingwall Jazz Lunch
Jazz and food with
Muddy Bay and the Deep Sea Rollers
Norman Willmore's Very Special Band

The good times roll again - in Tingwall this time - as the Muddy Bay group bring some blues and roots to the proceedings. They are joined on this lunchtime gig by saxophonist Norman Willmore and his own hand-picked group for the occasion with a full brass section playing a strong set of tunes - from Dixieland to Hard Bop. Not to be missed.
Tickets £8.00 (includes light lunch - £6.00 members and concs)

17 February 7.30pm Town Hall - Jazz in the Hot Club Style
Nigel Clark
Brian and Maggie
Alison Kay Ramsay

Nigel Clark has emerged as one of Europe’s top guitarists. His early exposure to the gypsy genius Django Reinhardt made lasting impression. Clark has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz and pop throughout the last 15 years and has toured the world as a leader, sideman and accompanist. Blended with the silky sound of his Spanish nylon strings and spiced with tinges of flamenco, Brazilian, Indian and other world music, Clark creates a new hybrid in the jazz melting-pot. The result is a truly contemporary conception that is planted deeply in traditional roots. His latest album Under the Stars was hailed as solo album of the year. Brian and Maggie continue a Django tradition and create quality music in the swinging hot club style. Alison Kay Ramsay adds truly magnificent vocal offerings in the jazz style she so much loves. This should be a most delightful end to our festival.
Tickets £12.00 (10.00 members and concs)

Tickets on sale from Shetland Box Office and the Bop Shop (9 Harbour Street)
to members only from 16 January and on general sale from 21 January.