Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival – ‘Queen of Soul’ Mica Paris among stars lined up for new musical show
The Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival is set to be an exciting new cultural event for East Devon. Ticketed concerts will take place in the atmospheric setting of Sidmouth Parish Church and there will also be free live music by local and regional talent at various venues around the town.
Audiences can expect to hear the best of jazz, blues, roots, RnB, soul, funk and Latin music throughout the festival weekend. The festival runs from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5.
Festival director Ian Bowden said: “We are extremely proud to bring the first ever jazz and blues festival to Sidmouth. It is a wonderful town and we are grateful for all the support we have received throughout the community and the wider East Devon area. Music inspires and provides so much joy and well-being and I have no doubt that the festival will provide a much-needed boost after what has been such a difficult time over the past two years.
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Among the acclaimed artists confirmed to perform at the church is multi-award winning blues guitarist and singer Ian Siegal on June 2. MOJO magazine described him as “the UK‘s smartest writer and most magnetic blues performer”. Ian has taken his music to over 50 countries and won a trophy that includes two UK Blues Awards, 10 British Blues Awards, four European Blues Awards, two Mojo Blues Albums of The Year not to mention three US Blues Music Award nominations.
For jazz lovers, the festival presents a wonderful and intimate evening concert with Ronnie Scott’s All Stars live from London’s famous jazz club on June 2. This evening concert will take you on a musical journey of incredible music, giving you a glimpse into the jazz club’s heritage. The all-star group includes the best jazz musicians of their generation and will perform songs from “Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook” featuring the great classic jazz standard of composers such as Gershwin, Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer and many more.
On June 3, award-winning Italian acoustic guitarist and composer Antonio Forcione and his band will take the church stage for what will be an exceptional afternoon concert. This is a truly international line-up: from Brazil, master percussionist Adriano Adewale; from Nigeria/Grenada/UK, cellist Jenny Adejayan; and from Australia, Nathan Thompson on double bass.
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Internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter Joe Stilgoe performs an evening concert at the church on June 3. Joe has toured the world with his band and solo, appearing everywhere from Ronnie Scott’s to Birdland with every jazz festival and club in between.
On June 4, the incredible Mica Paris, Britain’s queen of soul, performs a special evening concert at the church with her band. Mica Paris is one of the UK’s finest and most respected singers with a long career of hit singles and albums. The range, power and sheer soul of Mica Paris’ singing made an immediate impact on the UK music scene in 1988 when she released her double-platinum debut album, ‘So Good’, from which she had her first top 10. , “My only temptation”.
Mica continues to sell out and frequent collaborations with major British and American stars underscore her importance on the international soul scene. Mica has performed with Simply Red, Chaka Khan, Angie Stone, Joss Stone, Quincy Jones and others.
For more information and tickets, visit the festival website here.