The Wiltshire Jazz Festival 2012 provided a feast of memories topped by the appearance of the brilliant Brazilian singer-songwriter Eliane Elias and her husband and bass player Marc Johnson, who came all the way from New York, as well as the iconic The Big Chris Barber Band.
Well, we have come up with a programme that is different, but equally as alluring.
We have three superb headline-topping bands this year, each offering a completely new jazz experience.
The amazing singer-songwriter Gwyneth Herbert, fresh from releasing her new Sea Cabinet CD, will be making her second appearance at our festival with her new quintet. Gwyneth proved a sensation when she appeared in 2008 so it will be great to see how she has developed over the past five years.
World-class musicians Martin Taylor and Alan Barnes have joined forces to provide a unique guitar and reeds pairing.
Great excitement will be in store with our third headline act: the 17-piece The Two Minds Big Band headed by freewheeling saxophonist Dave O’Higgins and conductor and musical arranger Pete Wraight.
The supremely gifted and versatile Amy Roberts, who last year played with The Big Chris Barber Band, will be bringing her own quintet with her this year. You can’t afford to miss her.
Kairos 4tet should have appeared in 2012. However, unfortunately, saxophonist and band leader Adam Waldmann had to have surgery to his shoulder, so at he last minute the band had to pull out. Adam is now back to full fitness and the band continues to make a name for itself. It will be great to see them finally here.
Making her third appearance at our festival is the fantastically talented Wiltshire born Gabby Young and her band Other Animals which completely captivated the audience when they last appeared in 2010. Since then they have been going down a bomb wherever they have toured in this country and abroad.
The hugely talented Mancunian singer Alexander Stewart will be appearing for the first time at our festival in two capacities. Firstly, he will be singing with the Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra, again making their first appearance here, before performing separately with his trio. The SYJO, under the inspired leadership of Dan Mar-Molinero, has some hugely talented young musicians.
Nicola Farnon, another Wiltshire born talent, and her quartet were the surprise package in 2012, being voted in our evaluation sheets the second most popular band of the festival. There was a clamour to have them back again, so we have obliged.
Finally, neither the dynamic guitar duo of Charles Alexander and Andy Robinson nor the Devon and Dorset jazz cabaret band Misbehavin’ need any introduction, so regular they have been at the Wiltshire Jazz Festival. It will be great to see them again.
In 2013 the Wiltshire Festival will be supporting two charities: St Mary’s Church, Dinton and Hope and Homes for Children.
St Mary’s continually needs money to go towards the maintenance of its grade 1 listed church. The renovation of the medieval stained glass will cost £15,000.
Hope and Homes for Children (www.hopeandhomes.org), is a registered charity no: 1089490, based in East Clyffe, Salisbury. It has an international focus to ensure that all children have the chance to grow up in the love of a family. They are leading experts in closing children’s institutions and reforming childcare systems.
Jesses, Snow Hill, Dinton, Wiltshire SP3 5HN