|Itís all that jazz in Wigan!
Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra
THIS yearís Wigan International Jazz Festival got off to a storming start with powerhouse performances from two popular orchestras last night.
Hundreds of people turned out at Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre to watch Doncaster Jazz Orchestra, directed by John Ellis MBE, and Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Little and with guest soloist Al Wood.
Ian Darrington, Director of Wigan International Jazz Festival, said: ďWhat an amazing start to this yearís festival! The orchestras and soloists did a fantastic job and the audience looked like they were having a great time. Iím looking forward to a successful weekend ahead and hope everyone continues to enjoy themselves. Donít miss out - take a look at the programme and come along to see whatís on offer!Ē
The festival, sponsored by Manchester Airport, continues over the weekend with a variety of entertainment. Tonight (Friday) Irish artist David Lyttle and Interlude will be on stage with Jason Robello, Stingís pianist. Nearly Dan will also be performing a variety of Steely Dan hits in homage to Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. The bill for tomorrow (Saturday) includes international artists the Igor Butman Big Band and the Dutch Swing College Band, and on Sunday highlights include the Skelton Skinner All Star Band and Give a Little Love Jazz Orchestra.
Budding musicians can also take advantage of improvisation and vocal workshops with Linley Hamilton & His Trio, members of Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra and Dana Masters.
The full list of entertainment during the festival can be found at www.wlct.org
You can book tickets at www.quay.it/wiganjazz, by calling 0843 208 0500 or just turn up to the show and pay on the door.