William Parker, Hamid Drake, Sarah Gail Brand Sextet, Julie Kjaer, Mette Rasmussen and more for new jazz festival
Wire writer, jazz critic, improvisor and broadcaster Daniel Spicer is starting a new jazz festival. Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival takes place for the first time this year from 11–12 September in The Old Market, Hove, and according to Spicer is a reaction to so-called jazz festivals who “deliver watered down soul, pop-funk and R&B.”
The first edition of Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival includes performances by William Parker with Hamid Drake and John Dikeman, UK saxophonist Nat Birchall and Canadian drummer Franklin Kiermyer, the Sarah Gail Brand Sextet, percussion and bass-led quartet Woven Entity with Danish reed player and flautist Julie Kjaer, plus Mette Rasmussen, Rachel Musson, and Yana, a trio of vibraphone player Corey Mwamba, bassist Dave Kane and drummer Joshua Blackmore.
More acts will be announced in the coming months, and weekend tickets cost £30. Check the Facebook event and forthcoming website for more announcements.