A tribute to Clive 'Spoons' Morgan 1927-2014

Everyone at Upton Jazz wishes to pay tribute to Spoons who died recently at an ever-youthful age of 87. Spoons was a familiar figure at Upton Jazz Festival and also at the Friends of the Upton Festival monthly concerts and much loved by us all - organisers, stewards, volunteers, bands, secondliners and Upton people. Sadly he will not be at Festival 30 in June 2015. We thought it fitting that he should be featured on our web banner - he was a headliner too...!

Our plans for Festival number 30 in June 2015

Many thanks to the 200+ people who have written to us and filled in our questionnaire, thanking us for a successful Festival in June 2014 and telling us they want more….in the main you loved the new Festival site and the quality/range of bands, but you would like bigger marquees and further apart; more dancing possibly also in the classic marquee; more toilets; more stalls and catering; some changes to the camping; better signage and more detail in the programme….and beef up the parade..!  You have wished us well for 2015 and given very helpful suggestions for the future, including bands to book. And it looks like we may have made a small profit for the first time in quite a few years.

Our planning for 2015 is now well underway, and we promise to build on the success of 2014. Rachel is storming ahead and has already booked the first bands - the Buck Clayton Legacy Band with Alyn Shipton will debut at Upton and Matthias Seuffert, one of the top clarinet players in Europe, will be with us. More news in September/October. Join us to celebrate 30 years of Upton Jazz on 26th, 27th and 28th June 2015.  See you there..!!

We had a lovely weekend in the sunshine : thanks to you all...see you in June 2015

Thanks to everyone who brought their smiles and good humour to our 29th Festival; to the performers, the young jazzers; the stewards, Ruth, Lesley and the stallholders, Jan and the jazz cafe team; to the ticket sellers and litter-pickers; to the security, the electricians, the water providers, the sound guys, the first-aiders, Steve the Safety guy, and the Jazz bus team. Thanks to the traders and townspeople of Upton for their support and for joining in the spirit of the event; to the secondliners, the school bands, the photographers. Thanks to the press, to the tv people - not everyday your festival is on Good Morning Britain alongside Wimbledon and Glastonbury! Thanks to our sponsors and supporters, to Richard and the Barbourne Cider team; to the Conway Castle jazz cruise; to Frances and the church and the choir; to the stars in the TIC; and to everyone else who made Festival 29 a success. See you at Festival 30 in June 2015.

Best of Young Jazz Workshops

Any young players interested in taking part in jazz workshops or performance opportunities please contact Best of Young Jazz project managers on boffyoffice@aol.com.   


Friends of the Upton Jazz Festival

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Upton Jazz wins support from Destination Worcestershire

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