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Get ready for round 4 

The South Coast Jazz Festival returns to the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea for its fourth year from the 20-27 January 2018.

8 days of concerts, workshops, special events, films and talks

The festival, now a firm and much loved fixture on the jazz calendar, will offer a whistle stop tour round the ‘World of Jazz’ with an exciting and varied programme comprises a full eight days of workshops, performances, special events, films and talks all to be held at The Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea.

Tickets will go on public sale on 6 October 2017

2018 Artists

  • Pete Long - South Coast Jazz Festival 2018
    Pete Long and The Jazz Repertory Company
    100 years of Jazz in 99 minutes
    20 January, 7pm
  • Joe Stilgoe - South Coast Jazz Festival 2018
    Joe Stilgoe
    special guest with The Kansas Smitty’s Big Four
    27 January, 7pm
  • Pee Wee Ellis - South Coast Jazz Festival 2018
    Pee Wee Ellis
    'Funk Assembly'
    24 January, 7pm
  • The Jazz Repertory Company
    The Jazz Repertory Company
    20 January, 7pm
  • Liane Carroll
    with Ian Shaw
    21 January, 7pm
  • Clark Tracey - South Coast Jazz Festival 2018
    Clark Tracey Quintet
    feat. Alexandra Ridout
    25 January, 7pm
  • Katie Beard ‘Jump ’n’ Jazz’
    workshop for kids with Joe Stilgoe
    22-26 January: 10-11am
  • Gwilym Simcock & Yuri Goloubev - South Coast Jazz Festival 2018
    Gwilym Simcock & Yuri Goloubev
    incl. buffet dinner
    22 January, 7pm
  • The Kansas Smitty’s Big Four - South Coast Jazz Festival 2018
    The Kansas Smitty’s Big Four
    with special guest vocalist Joe Stilgoe
    27 January, 7pm
  • Alexandra Ridout
    special guest with Clark Tracey Quintet
    25 January, 7pm
  • Well Versed - Claire Martin & Elaine Crouch
    Well Versed
    Claire Martin & Elaine Crouch
    20 January, 12pm
  • Chris Mcgregor (1936 – 1990)
    Brotherhood of Breath
    the music of Chris McGregor
    26 January, 7pm
  • Georgina Jackson - South Coast Jazz Festival 2018
    Georgina Jackson
    guest vocalist with Pete Long's Jazz Repertory Company
    20 January, 7pm
  • Ian Shaw
    with Liane Carroll
    21 January, 7pm
  • Elliot Galvin - South Coast Jazz Festival 2018
    Elliot Galvin Trio
    23 January, 7pm
  • Joe Stilgoe - South Coast Jazz Festival 2018
    Joe Stilgoe ‘Jump ’n’ Jazz’
    workshop for kids with actress/director Katie Beard
    22-26 January, 10-11am

What to look forward to

The 2018 programme kicks off with a highly entertaining and fast-paced journey through the history of jazz, as festival favourite Pete Long and The Jazz Repertory Company present ‘100 years of Jazz in 99 minutes’ featuring vocalist Georgina Jackson.

World class headline acts throughout the week are funk master saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown), multi-award winning vocalists Liane Carroll & Ian Shaw with a specially created latin-american tinged show, virtuoso pianist Gwilym Simcock with Russian bassist Yuri Goloubev, Clark Tracey’s new Quintet featuring BBC Young Musician Jazz Award winning trumpeter Alexandra Ridout, outstanding rising talent Elliot Galvin and giant heritage ensemble ‘Brotherhood of Breath’ celebrating  the swinging South African sound of the great Chris McGregor.

Proceedings close on Saturday 27th January with The Kansas Smitty’s Big Four (with special guest vocalist Joe Stilgoe) a high energy band currently enthralling London with their mash of genres: Kansas City Jazz, New Orleans Funk, Trad, Swing, Blues and even a splash of Avant-Garde.

Most events will include an intimate ‘Meet the Artist’ session in a relaxed Q&A before the concert and Gwilym Simcock’s ‘An Audience With’ performance will include a seated buffet meal prepared by local chefs using locally sourced ingredients.

Alongside our popular ‘Jazz for Juniors’ workshop, there will be a specially commissioned series of toddler events with new songs written and presented by Brighton based singer/songwriter Joe Stilgoe and actress/director Katie Beard.

Free foyer events, film screenings and vocal and instrumental workshops augment the programme and full line-up details and dates will be released shortly along with news of an ‘Early Bird’ ticket offer to run in October.

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