The South Coast Jazz Festival, which runs from 16 to 29 January 2017 and is co-curated by acclaimed singer Claire Martin (above centre) and saxophonist Julian Nichols, shakes off the January blues in no uncertain terms with a vibrant expanded third edition now including a busy six-nights at Brighton's burgeoning dedicated jazz venue, The Verdict.
The club's programme mixes it up with leading local names such as Terry Seabrook with his fusion-edged Hammond-led Triversion (17 Jan) and progressive bass man Eddie Myer's 5tet (24 Jan), alongside freeform firebrands Oli Brice/Rachel Musson/Mark Sanders (19 Jan), sax-toting BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Alexander Bone with funky upstarts Jam Experiment (20 Jan) and the bass-led Nigel Thomas Quartet, featuring saxophonist Paul Booth (21 Jan). The venue also hosts a Sunday Roast jazz jam session (22 Jan) and a special 'Jazz Film & Photography Day' with jazz snapper Indigo Burns' work on show, plus screenings of classic jazz flicks Jazz On A Summer's Day, 1959: The Year That Changed Jazz and A Great Day In Harlem among others (23 Jan).
The main festival programme takes place at Shoreham's highly accommodating Ropetackle Arts Centre with a strong line-up including J-Sonics/ Alex Dankworth's Spanish Accents (26 Jan); Zoe Rahman/Dennis Rollins' FUNKY FUNK! (27 Jan); Jim Mullen Organ Trio/Sarah Jane Morris (28 Jan); and Ray Gelato's Giants featuring Claire Martin (29 Jan). Complimenting this will be free entry performances from Nigel Goodwin's Golden Oldies at 5pm each day, an all-day jazz workshop 'Tools of the Trade' (27 Jan) and an afternoon DJ set from Jazzwise writer and broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre (29 Jan). The special festival launch gig by renowned jazz-funk crew Incognito takes place at The Old Market venue in Hove on 17 December.
– Mike Flynn
For full details and tickets visit www.southcoastjazzfestival.com