And all that jazz

Wigan International Jazz Festival rehearsals at Robin Park arena ' Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra with James Morrison and musical director David Little
Wigan International Jazz Festival rehearsals at Robin Park arena ' Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra with James Morrison and musical director David Little
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MESNES Park’s newly restored bandstand will host Jazz in the Park on Sunday.

Part of this week’s Wigan International Jazz Festival, this free concert will see Six in a Bar and Rosie perform at 1pm.

Wigan town centre will also host a free concert on Saturday starting at noon in Market Place. Wigan Youth Big Band and Wigan Schools Swing Band will both be performing.

Wigan’s 27th International Jazz Festiva runs through to Sunday. As well as celebrity evening concerts there’s an array of workshops and afternoon shows to enjoy.

Festival organiser Ian Darrington said: “We’ve not held Jazz in the Park for the last few years because of the restoration scheme so we’re delighted to once again offer this free show. Jazz is a fantastic art form and the festival is a great social occasion. We’ve got a great line-up this year of workshops, afternoon gigs and evening concerts.

“For me Alan Price, who is performing on Friday, is a perfect example of how the jazz festival appeals to all music fans.

“He’s best known as the original keyboardist for ’60s band the Animals and will be performing his usual set with all his hits. His jazz performances are also outstanding and he’s definitely one to watch at this year’s festival.”

On Friday afternoon at Lowri Beck Celebration Hall, Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre, music fans can enjoy the joyful sounds of Latin America with the music of Apitos.

The evening session will see Alan Price and his band take to the stage. On Saturday, Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by John Ellis will perform just after midday, followed by Daryl Sherman with John Hallam on saxophone and Frank Grime on bass.

Gordon Goodwin will perform with the Wigan Jazz Club Reunion Dream Band on Saturday night which includes a stunning line-up with Wayne Bergeron on trumpet and Eric Marienthal on alto sax.

Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra will bring the curtain down on the festival on Sunday.

For tickets visit www.quay.it/wiganjazz or call 0843 208 0500.