ORGANISERS of the 33rd Upton Jazz Festival are promising “a dazzling international line-up” at next month’s four-day event.

A spokesman said: “Renowned jazz bands from across Europe and beyond will be flocking to the riverside town.

“In a series of intimate, atmospheric venues, jazz fans can catch Mama Shakers, five young Parisians who play the forgotten music of the cotton fields and backstreet bars of Louisiana; and expect high-energy jive and swing from Holland’s number one Jazz Connection.”

The spokesman added: “Les Zauto Stompers will be playing old-school trad to the crowds, while composer and clarinet and sax maestro James Evans returns from New Orleans.

“Closer to home, London outfit Vitality Five will be kicking out authentic 1920s Hot Club jazz; The Water Gypsies will be leaving their narrowboat on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath to travel to the festival and the celebrated Jake Leg Jug Band will be entertaining audiences with their blend of 1920s and 30s American sound.”

Festival-goers will also be treated to “exciting, original guitar from Madi Stimpson and his quartet, along with virtuoso pianist Tom Bell”.

The spokesman added: “There will also be a raft of British Jazz Award-winners and nominees, including Alan Barnes, Amy Roberts, Robert Fowler, Keith Nicholls and Craig Milverton will be gracing the stages.

“It really is a dazzling line-up,” says Rachel Hayward, the festival’s Musical Director.

“Whether you’re into Dixieland or European jazz, Hot Club or Gypsy, there really is something for everyone. This year, now we’re back in town in some fantastic venues, the atmosphere is going to be better than ever. And that fact that Upton, now in its 33rd year, continues to attract world-renowned talent from across Europe and beyond, is testament to how well regarded the festival is.”

Upton Jazz Festival takes place in Upton-upon-Severn from June 21 to June 24.

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