Hull Jazz Festival

25th Summer Edition - 11 - 15 July 2017

2017’s a big year for Hull Jazz Festival. As well as taking part in the year-long celebrations for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, we’re celebrating our 25th birthday this November with a special 10-day edition of the festival.

Summer Edition - 11 - 15 July

The 25th Summer Edition of Hull Jazz Festival runs from 11 – 15 July at venues across the city. It continues our tradition of programming some of the freshest names in UK jazz alongside internationally-renowned artists, whilst also providing a platform for local and regional jazz talent.

We open on Tuesday 11th July with Snake Davis and his Classic Sax Solos show. A big favourite with Hull audiences, Snake brings his band to Hull Truck to perform some of the best-loved sax solos from the last 50 years.

Wednesday 12th July sees a long overdue reunion show by one of Hull’s most popular jazz bands. 25 years after their meteoric reign as the North’s top swing outfit, Ain’t Misbehavin’ take us on a joyful romp through 1930s dance sounds, inspired by the Hot Club de France.  

Across town at Fruït on the 12th we've got a double bill of local Hull talent with festival favourites Bud Sugar and Chiedu Oraka.

On Thursday 13th July, Hull Truck hosts a show with New York sax titan Donny McCaslin and his quartet, the band behind the music on David Bowie's final album, Blackstar. Blending influences from jazz, electronica and the rock music he listened to growing up, McCaslin's the new face of jazz fusion.

Fans of Jazz Manouche are in for a treat on Friday 14th July as we welcome Sébastien Giniaux Trio (France) and The Grimaldi Quartet (UK), two young ensembles at the forefront of the modern gypsy jazz scene.

Also on Friday 14th, across town at Kardomah94 and in assocation with Hulljazz, we have a special performance of trombonist Paul Taylor's Jazz in Hull: People and Places suite.

On Saturday 15th July we present some of the UK’s most exciting new jazz acts alongside a special performance by two giants of the UK jazz and soul scenes.

With influences from jazz, hip-hop, Afrobeat and South African Township, all-female septet Nérija are blazing a trail for women in jazz. And, in a change to the original line-up, MOBO Award winning saxophonist Binker Golding joins forces with pianist Sarah Tandy to premiere a new set especially for the festival.

On Saturday evening, we’re delighted to welcome back Courtney Pine CBE with Black Notes From the Deep, a brand new project that sees him collaborate with UK soul legend Omar. The two friends will be performing original material together for the first time alongside Courtney’s band.

Tickets for all of the above shows are now on sale from Hull Truck Theatre and Hull Box Office (for the shows at Fruït and Kardomah94). Click on the individual events below for full details.

Festival Ticket Offers:

Saturday Saver - see all 3 Hull Truck shows for £35 (students and under-26s £12)

Festival Saver - See 3 Hull Truck shows for the price of 2 (cheapest ticket free)

These Saver ticket offers can't be bought via the Hull Truck website, please call the Hull Truck box office on 01482 323638 to book.


Winter Edition - 11 - 18 November

Our official 25th birthday celebrations get underway in November with an extended 9-day festival.

Headlining, we're very excited to announce that guitarist Pat Metheny is making a special visit to Hull City Hall on Saturday 11 November as part of his world tour and to celebarate Hull 2017 UK City of Culture and Hull Jazz Festival's 25th anniversary.

Performing with a stellar quartet featuring Gwilym Simcock on piano, the exceptional Linda Oh on bass and long-time sidekick Antonio Sanchez on drums, Metheny will perform music from across his extraordinary career. Early booking advised!

On Saturday 18 November, as the culmination of The Jazz Ticket, we present a special performance of A Journey with the Giants of Jazz, performed by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, directed by Peter Edwards.  A new piece by Peter Edwards, commisioned by Turner Sims as part of the PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial, the work celebrates six giants of the jazz world who were born in 1917. The show will start with performances of works by the six jazz giants, performed by young people from Hull and East Riding schools.

Also on Saturday 18 November, Hull Jazz Festival, J-Night and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 present jazz electronica outfit GoGo Penguin, performing their exhilarating new live score to Godfrey Reggio’s cult masterpiece Koyaanisqatsi.

The full November line-up will be announced in July. Sign up to our mailing list to be among the first to find out what we've got planned.




What's on

Snake Davis - Classic Sax Solos
11 Jul at Hull Truck Theatre
The Hull Sound - Bud Sugar & Chiedu Oraka
12 Jul at Fruit
Ain't Misbehavin'
12 Jul at Hull Truck Theatre
Donny McCaslin
13 Jul at Hull Truck Theatre
Paul Taylor - Jazz in Hull: People and Places
14 Jul at Kardomah94
Sebastien Giniaux Trio & The Grimaldi Quartet
14 Jul at Hull Truck Theatre
15 Jul at Hull Truck Theatre
Binker Golding and Sarah Tandy
15 Jul at Hull Truck Theatre
Courtney Pine Band featuring Omar
15 Jul at Hull Truck Theatre
An Evening with Pat Metheny
11 Nov at Hull City Hall
17 Nov at Fruit
Nu Civilisation Orchestra directed by Peter Edwards - A Journey with the Giants of Jazz
18 Nov at Hull Truck Theatre
GoGo Penguin - Koyaanisqatsi - A new score (performed live)
18 Nov at Hull City Hall