SAX legend Courtney Pine headlines Liverpool's first International Jazz Festival this weekend at The Capstone Theatre and we have two passes for the entire thing, worth £65 each, to give away to the lucky winner of our flash competition today.
For a full four days later this week, the venue, situated on the Hope University campus, in Shaw Street, Everton, will come alive to the sounds of Roller Trio, Led Bib, Robert Mitchell, Kit Downes Quintet and Denys Baptiste's Triumvirate to name a few.
In the short time since its opening in 2010, The Capstone Theatre has established itself as a leading venue for cutting edge jazz and world music. This new festival, say organisers, is going all out to showcase original and innovative instrumental sounds to introduce the fascinating world of jazz to a whole new generation.
The Capstone Theatre’s Neil Campbell says as much: 'The festival will be the first of its kind in Liverpool and will give the opportunity to bring together some of the most high profile national and international artists alongside some of the City's most creative local jazz musicians."
This Thursday February 28) will see the festival open in smooth style with Roller Trio. Described by BBC’s Radio’s Gilles Peterson as “Dark, menacing, bass heavy – the new sound of UK jazzzzzzz” .
On Friday (March 1), Led Bib, one of the original torch bearers for the revitalized young British jazz scene – will be headlining.
Saturday sees teacher and pianist Robert Mitchell, "a throwback to that powerful tradition of artistic mastery in pursuit of transcendence", take to the stage, followed by the Kit Downes Quintet, the dark and detailed, colourful and chaotic new project from UK pianist and composer Kit Downes.
Sunday 3rd March will see London Jazz artist Denys Baptiste performing with his new trio Triumvirate. The festival will culminate in a final concert by jazz legend Courtney Pine, who returns to The Capstone with his phenomenal House of Legends Tour.
Exclusive to the Liverpool International Jazz Festival, The Capstone Theatre and specialist woodwind retailer Curly Woodwind will present two free saxophone workshops and masterclasses.
The first will see renowned saxophone recording artist, author and composer Pete Thomas, alongside legendary sax stars Bobby Wellins and Tony Kofi, discuss how to achieve the best sound on your instrument. The second class will see professional saxophonist, consultant and teacher Graeme Turner offer the very best advice on how to improvise effectively.
BUT HANG ON: Hit the big red button at the top or bottom of the page, right now, to be in with a chance of winning those two free passes for the whole shebang.
Remember, don't enter unless you can actually make use of these tickets - it's this wekend - and keep your phone switched on so we can call you.
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Thursday 28th February 2013, 7.30pm
Martin Smith’s The Weave
Thursday 28th February 2013, 10pm
Friday 1st March, 7.30pm
Friday 1st March, 10pm
Saturday 2nd March, 2pm
Saturday 2nd March, 4.30pm
Kit Downes Quintet
Saturday 2nd March, 7.30pm
Perri and Neil Quartet
Saturday 2nd March, 10pm
Denys Baptiste’s Triumvirate
Sunday 3rd March, 3pm
Blind Monk Trio
Sunday 3rd March, 5.30pm
Courtney Pine House of Legends
Sunday 3rd March, 8pm
SUNDAY WORKSHOPS LISTINGS
Taming the Saxophone - Tone Production
Sunday 3rd March,
How to Improvise Effectively
Sunday 3rd March,
HOW TO BOOK
In person: TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool, L1 1RG.