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Foot-tapping Blues & Jazz over a fabulous 4 days
Fans of Blues and Jazz music are in for a foot-tapping treat this summer with a new festival in the Midlands that will feature top names, rising stars and some of the greatest local talent around.
The Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival, presented by Lichfield Arts, will deliver four days of the finest Blues and Jazz in this wonderful cathedral city.

This exciting new event takes place between June 25 and 28 in a variety of venues from Lichfield's medieval three-spired cathedral, the 18th century George Hotel, and the Gothic splendour of Lichfield Guildhall, to the city's many fine pubs and cafe bars.

The Blues Band, Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival, Paul Jones, Lichfield Cathedral
The Blues Band head the line-up

Fans will be able to see a number of fine concerts, headed by The Blues Band who are still going strong after 35 years on the road.
But there will also be workshops and street bands for music lovers to enjoy.

The festival kicks off with The Blues Band at 7.30pm on Thursday 25 June within Lichfield Cathedral featuring the impressive line-up of Paul Jones, who has a regular show on BBC Radio 2, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuiness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher.

Jay Phelps, Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival, Lichfield Cathedral, The George Hotel
Jay Phelps brings his quartet

On Friday 26 June it is the Jay Phelps Quartet at The George Hotel from 8pm featuring the trumpet star and fellow musicians Rick Simpson, Mark Lewandowski and Shane Forbes.
Also on June 26 are The Sleaze Brothers, one of Lichfield's finest bands, who are performing at Lichfield Guildhall from 7.30pm.
Saturday 27 June kicks off at 10.30am with a guitar workshop from John Etheridge in Lichfield Library, offering a rare chance for people to learn from the master.

Tommaso Starace, Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival, Lichfield Guildhall
Sax player Tommaso Starace

The Tommaso Starace Quartet perform at The Guildhall from 1.30pm with Tommaso joined by Frank Harrison, Chris Nicholls and Nick Breakspears.

They are followed on stage at The Guildhall by the John Etheridge Organ Trio featuring John with Pete Whittaker and Mark Fletcher, from 3.30pm.

John Etheridge, Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival
Acclaimed guitarist John Etheridge

And, on Saturday evening, also at The Guildhall, it is Steve Ajao & the Climax Blues Band from 7pm, with Midlands blues guitarist Steve performing an acoustic blues set from Robert Johnson to John Lee Hooker before the Climax Blues Band get people on their feet to dance.

The Festival ends on Sunday 28 June with A Big , Bold, Beautiful, Brassy Day of Jazz & Funk at The George Hotel from 1pm onwards, with Lichfield trumpet star Nick Dewhurst followed by the brassy big band sound of Walsall Jazz Orchestra and, from 6pm, the 25 piece Blast Off! from Lichfield with members aged 14-74.
Tickets can be obtained for individual shows, all day Saturday, all day Sunday, or for the entire weekend.
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Why? A wonderful feast of Blues and Jazz in great settings
When: 25-28 June 2015
Phone: 01543 262223
Where: Lichfield Guildhall, Donegal House, Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6LU
Cost: All day Sunday tickets 10, all day Saturday tickets 30, full weekend tickets 42. Individual shows from 5 for under 16s to 24 for adults
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