Hull Jazz Festival returns to the stage with live music this November

Hull Jazz Festival is delighted to be back with a series of live shows at Hull Truck Theatre from 12th – 15th November, the first live events in the Theatre since lockdown. In a first for Hull Jazz Festival, all shows will also be livestreamed to a global audience.

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Some of the Hull Jazz Festival line-up for November, clockwise from top left: Vimala Rowe, Tony Kofi (x2), Alina Bzhezhinska, John Helliwell, Alina Bzhezhinska.

The new line-up features some previously announced artists plus two new shows, including a brand new piece by Supertramp saxophonist John Helliwell on Sunday 15th November. He’ll be performing new arrangements of Supertramp’s Ever Open Door and other tear-jerking ballads, accompanied by the incredible Singh String Quartet and Hammond organ maestro John Ellis.

Festival favourites saxophonist Snake Davis and guitarist and singer-songwriter Gareth Moulton open the festival on Thursday 12th November with an evening of gorgeous mellow pop, rock, jazz and soul music.

Friday 13th November sees a celebration of the music of one of the jazz world’s most-loved female 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. 

A double bill on Saturday 14th November opens with Alina Bzhezhinska Hip Harp Project with special guest Vimala Rowe. With a growing reputation for innovation, this new project sees Ukrainian/Polish harpist Alina Bzhezhinska pay homage to some of jazz, funk and hip-hop’s greatest innovators. Her new quartet draws from a variety of influences, including Dorothy Ashby’s Afro-harping, Alice Coltrane’s spiritual outputs and Sun Ra’s jazz experimentation, as well as 90’s trip-hop and Kuti-esque Afrobeat rhythms.

Alto sax master Tony Kofi wraps up the Saturday double bill with his Quintet and their loving celebration of jazz giant Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley.  The group traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in 1955 through to work with Miles Davis and the soul-jazz of the late 1960s. Expect Adderley brothers classics like Things Are Getting Better, Sack O’Woe and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, as well as a guest vocal spot by Vimala Rowe, exploring the memorable 1961 collaboration with Nancy Wilson. 

Hull Jazz Festival Director David Porter said: “We’re proud and delighted to be re-opening Hull Truck Theatre and bringing back live music after months of uncertainty. We’ve all missed the buzz and thrill of extraordinary music played by some of the world’s best artists and we’ve worked with our friends at Hull Truck 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 published 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 will be available from the Hull Truck Theatre website: www.hulltruck.co.uk 

Full listings can be found on the Hull Jazz Festival website: https://hulljazzfestival.co.uk/whats-on/.

[Kirsty Halliday – Hull Jazz]