Hull Jazz Festival is back!

Hull Jazz Festival is delighted to be back with a series of live shows at Hull Truck Theatre from 22nd – 24th July, the festival’s first live events since November 2019. In a first for Hull Jazz Festival, three of the shows will also be livestreamed to a global audience.

Apphia Campbell

The line-up features some previously announced artists plus two new shows. On Saturday 24th July, Apphia Campbell performs her acclaimed show Woke, a compelling new story about the 20th Century African American Experience. Against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues, Apphia tells the story of two women, 42 years apart, who become involved in the struggle for civil rights. Woke won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award for its premiere season, and was highly commended by the judges of the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.

The festival closes on Saturday 24th July with a new show commissioned by Hull Jazz Festival to welcome back live music to Hull and look towards a brighter tomorrow. The Broken Orchestra will be performing as a 10-piece band for the first time, joined on stage by four of Hull’s most revered vocalists: Lyn Acton, Vicky Foster, Emily Render and Ruthie Scott. An evening of atmospheric song, spoken word and electronica, Hereafter presents views on hope and revival as we move on from the surreal dystopia of lockdown into a new tomorrow.

The festival opens on Thursday 22nd July with a celebration of the music of one of the jazz world’s most loved voices with The Kate Peters Band: The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald. First formed in 2017 to celebrate the centenary of Ella’s birth, the band performs classic arrangements from across Ella’s career, recorded with the likes of Nelson Riddle, George Gershwin, Count Basie and Chick Webb. 

The Kate Peters Band

Festival favourites saxophonist Snake Davis and guitarist and singer-songwriter Gareth Moulton return to Hull on Friday 23rd July with an evening of gorgeous mellow pop, rock, jazz and soul music.

Hull Jazz Festival Director David Porter said: “We’re delighted to be returning to Hull Truck Theatre and bringing back live music after such a long enforced break. We’ve all missed the buzz of extraordinary music and our friends at Hull Truck have been working hard behind the scenes to introduce new safety measures so that our audiences, artists and staff can enjoy a safe and comfortable experience”.

All shows will be socially distanced in the main auditorium at Hull Truck Theatre and limited to around 100 people. Covid-secure guidelines will be updated regularly on the Hull Truck Theatre website and their box office team will be available to answer any questions on 01482 323638. Tickets for both the live events and livestreams are available from Hull Truck Theatre.

[Kirsty Halliday – Hull Jazz Festival]