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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 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 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.
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.
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.