Upton Jazz: 'The choice and quality of the music was exceptional'

Our grateful thanks to the musicians who provided a weekend of great entertainment at our 31st festival; and to all you folk who have already thanked us and given us such lovely feedback. Rain on Sunday afternoon did not dampen the spirit. No mud at Upton....! Thanks to all those who stewarded, first-aided, sold programmes, picked up litter, hammered tent pegs in, cleaned loos, made teas and coffees, put signs up, decorated their brollies and paraded.

We had a ball.....!

The band list

Featuring International Artistes - Pianists STEPHANIE TRICK (USA) and PAOLO ALDERIGHI (Italy) (duo sun) and with Debbie Arthurs and Malcolm Sked (sun) • HOT ANTIC JAZZ BAND (France) (fri) • HIPPOCAMPUS JASS GANG (France) (sat/sun) • CLIVE WILSON's NEW ORLEANS SERENADERS with TOMMY SANCTON (USA/UK) (sat/sun) and from the UK - THE LONDON SWING ORCHESTRA (sat) • After Hours Jazz Band (fri) • Alan Barnes Septet 'Remembering the Rabbit' (fri) • Alan Barnes, Karen Sharp, Craig Milverton Trio (fri) • Alan Barnes, Robert Fowler, Tom Hill Trio (sat) • Amy Roberts Quintet (sun) • Bev Pegg and His Good Time Four (sat) • Bob Dwyer's Bix and Pieces (fri) • Brian Carrick's Algiers Stompers (fri/sat) • Bristol Blue Five + 1 (sun) • Carl Sinclair Boogie Band (sun) • Chico Chica (fri) • Chris Pearce's Frenchmen Street Jazz Band (sun) • Dave Martin's Jabbo Five (sat) • Donnie Joe's American Swing (fri) • Enrico Tomasso's Festival Band (fri) • FB Pocket Orchestra (sun) • Golden Eagle Jazz Band (thu) • Good Ol' Spit and Dribble Jass Band (sat) • Graham Hughes with Tom Kincaid Trio (sat) • Jake Leg Jug Band (sun) • Jamie Brownfield Quartet (fri) • John Hallam with Tom Kincaid (sat) • John Shillito's Select Six (sun) • Keith Nichols Jazz Masters of New Orleans (sat) • Keith Nichols Hot Six (sat) • Keith Nichols solo (sun) • Kevin Grenfell's Swing Things (sun) • Louis Louis Louis (sun) • Malcolm Hogarth and Isabel Toner Guest Sessions (fri/sat) • MellowTone (thu) • Montparnasse (sat) • Perdido Street Jazz Band (sat) • Red Stripe (sun) • Remi Harris Trio (fri) and with John Hallam (sat) • Sinead McCabe and New Orleans Update (sat) • Smooth Indigo (fri) • Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band (fri) • Sussex Jazz Kings (sat) • The Paper Moon Band (fri) • Tom Langham's Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell (sun) • Vitality 3 (sat) • Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral (sat) • Beginners and Improvers Dance Classes (sat/sun am) • Late Night Jam Sessions (fri/sat) • 8th Year of 'Best of Young Jazz' (Sat/Sun) • Saturday (am) Jazz Parade • Sunday (am) Jazz Church Service at Parish Church

Check out our 2015 highlights on the You Tube screen below - by kind permission of Syd and Beryl Pearman.

Dance@Upton3 with our new team, Ian and Sheilagh


Upton Jazz Festival enters its 31st year on 23rd -26th June 2016, in a strong position ; our Dance@Upton programme - this will be year 3 - has started to attract a wider audience to the festival.

Bands booked for 2016 Upton Jazz Festival Dance Marquee: The Paper Moon Band; After Hours Jazz Band; Donnie Joe’s American Swing Band; Steve Tucker’s All Star Jazz Band; Hippocampus Jass Gang (France); London Swing Orchestra; Louis Louis Louis; Carl Sinclair Boogie Band; Red Stripe band. 

Dance classes take place as follows: Saturday 25th June:  9.45am – 10.45am -  beginners  11am – 12 – improvers.  Sunday 26th June:  9.45am – 10.45am -  beginners 11am – 12 – improvers

We are delighted  to welcome Ian and Sheilagh to the Upton Jazz team…here’s what they have to say…..GI Jive, Ian and Sheilagh Hartley have been dancing and teaching various swing styles of dance for 24 years and have taken their enthusiasm to events throughout Europe, the UK and the USA. They have taught at jazz dance events in Derry, Bude, Keswick, Pescara (Italy), Olympia Jazz Festival, Seattle and San Antonio, Texas and on cruises. See their website www.gi-jive.co.uk for further details and videos.

Jazz and dance have developed together since the early 1900s. Dancing was the mainstay of New Orleans nightlife and Buddy Bolden, for example, became popular, to a great extent, because he gave the dancers music they liked. Jazz styles of ragtime, blues and later swing stimulated different dance styles. The Breakaway, Charleston, East coast swing, lindy hop, balboa and Collegiate Shag developed as a response to the jazz of the day. Our dance lessons at Upton will combine many of the vintage dance styles which are suitable to enhance the enjoyment of the music played by todays jazz practitioners. The whole point of dancing to jazz is to have fun and this is an essential ingredient in our lessons. For the beginners we assume you have never danced the style before and we introduce you to some easy basic steps. We also do a couple of lessons for “improvers” to maybe add a little pizzazz to your steps. We even have an area at the festival especially for those who like to strut their stuff (and practice what you’ve learnt. So come and join in the fun.

Best of Young Jazz

Any young players interested in taking part in jazz workshops or performance opportunities please contact Marie at Best of Young Jazz on oldaker_m@hotmail.com. 


Please note that all spaces for catering stalls and tea and coffee outlets have now been filled, but there are still limited spaces available for craft stalls.  Please click here for an enquiry form.  

Friends of the Upton Jazz Festival

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Next Friends' concert:

For details of the Friends' concerts up until June 2016, please click here.

Sad News:

It is with great regret that we announce the death on 11th March of Clive Brooks.  Clive was a stalwart of the Jazz Festival for many years, keeping the plumbing going on Fish Meadow and supporting us all in the office during the festival.  He will be much missed.  



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