Jazz festival set to return

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A Jazz festival which was set to fold two years ago two years ago is being revived as a week-long event in July – following the success of an experimental weekend festival last year.

Organiser Wilson Hepplestone said that because of the upsurge in interest the Ryedale Jazz Festival would be staged from July 20 to 26, starting with a spiritual concert in Pickering Parish Church at 2.30pm.

All other performances during the week will be at Pickering Memorial Hall, starting at 7.30 pm, and will include Gavin Lee’s New Orleans Band (Monday); Quayside Hot Stompers (Tuesday), Brian Carrick’s Heritage Hall Stompers (Wednesday), Swale Valley Stompers (Thursday), Mississippi Dreamboats (Friday), and New Orleans Wiggle (Saturday).

In addition there will two other performances, both at 2pm, with the Vieux Carre Jazzmen on Friday and Ryedale Jazz on Saturday.

“Back in 2011 it looked that the festival would be the last after 25 years,” said Wilson. “But there was disappointment at the news because many of those attending were from outside Ryedale and took their holidays to coincide with the festival. So we decided to explore the possibility of putting on a two event mini-festival which proved a great success. Already a quarter of the tickets for this year’s festival have been sold. The interest has come from a wide area and a coach full of people are staying in Ryedale for two nights. The festival is good for Pickering and we hope to continue it in the future. Many local businesses appreciate the event and the value it brings to Pickering and we are grateful for their sponsorship and support.” For information about Ryedale Jazz Club and the festival visit www.ryedalejazz.com.

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