Alan Ayckbourn was once so taken with a song by Norwegian jazz singer Silje Nergaard that it inspired him to write a play. The song was Dance Me Love and the play was Surprises.
Maybe, therefore, Scarborough’s most famous son will be down at The Spa this weekend in search further inspiration. For it’s the 10th Scarborough Jazz Festival, three days of jazz delights covering a wide range of the music.
This afternoon the spirits of the late Bill Evans and Scott LaFaro will be summoned up by pianist Gareth Williams and bassist Dave Green, with drummer Enzo Zirilli in to help in the Paul Motian role. They play two 45-minute sets between 3pm and 5pm.
This evening’s session features sets by the young quartet co-led by trumpeter Quentin Collins and tenor saxophonist Brandon Allen; the Darius Brubeck Quartet; and a duo of guitarist Martin Taylor and the festival’s compere, Alan Barnes, on clarinet.
Tomorrow’s afternoon set has a tribute to Horace Silver from the Give A Little Love Orchestra, led by bassist Paul Baxter; the Matt Wates Sextet; and the Jay Phelps Quartet. Tomorrow night is shared by NYJO, the Tim Garland Quartet and the Claire Martin Sextet.
On Sunday afternoon, lay back or get up and dance – depending on what’s appropriate – with Rhythmica; the Jenni Malloy Trio’s Bach Reloaded; and the quartet called Just East.
Sunday evening features Sector 7, the vocal quartet with trio accompaniment, and featuring Sarah Ellen Hughes; and another tribute, this time to the great Benny Carter, performed by the Ken Mathieson Classic Orchestra, with Alan Barnes the star soloist.
Find out more about the bands, the times and the tickets here. And look out for Alan…