Hull Jazz Festival

25th Anniversary Edition - 11 - 18 November 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 9-day edition of the festival.

Headlining and opening the festival, 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!

Closing the festival 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. A real treat for fans of great live music and cult cinema alike.

On Wednesday 15 November, New York power-jazz trio Moon Hooch bring their pulsating, sax-driven live show to Früit. It’s going to be hot, they’re going to play loud and fast, you’re going to dance...

Elsewhere in the programme, local guitarists get the chance to perform alongside Chris Montague of Troyka at The Albemarle on Saturday 11 November as part of A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument in the World. The show marks the milestones of the electric guitar through 80 years of popular culture, from Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix.

On Sunday 12 November, saxophonist Andy Sheppard returns to Hull with his quartet, performing the other-worldly sounds of their highly-anticipated new project Beyond the Dancing Sun. They'll be playing at the Royal Hotel.

Clarinettist Arun Ghosh makes a welcome return to Hull Truck Theatre on Thursday 16 November with his quintet, performing new sounds from his latest album Sheer. This new material marks Ghosh's move away from his trademark Indo Jazz sound towards more song-like structures and psychedelic textures.

We've commissioned two brand new pieces as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, supported by the PRS Foundation. Guitarist Stuart McCallum will create a love song to the guitar and Hull's own Revenu, featuring Liam van Rijn and Joseph Bird, will be exploring new favourite sounds of Hull. Catch this double bill of new music in the Studio at Hull Truck Theatre on Friday 17 November.

Also in the Studio on Friday 17 November, Snarky Puppy founder and jazz maestro Bill Laurance performs a rare intimate solo show. He'll be exploring his first love - the piano - enhanced with the addition of subtle electronics.

In the main house at Hull Truck Theatre on Friday 17 November, Dusty and Shirley sees two phenomenal vocal talents, David McAlmont and Gwyneth Herbert, celebrate the iconic 60s pop sound of Dusty Springfield and Shirley Bassey. The ultimate feel-good show, they'll be backed by a stellar band led by musical director Janette Mason.

Across town at Früit on Friday 17, VMS Live and Früit present soul singing sensation Roachford.

On the afternoon of Saturday 18 November, we've got muscial fun for all the family with vocalist Zoe Gilby and her Family Jazz All Stars. Zoe and her band will take you on a fun-packed, whistlestop tour of jazz favourites from through the ages.

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.

Tickets for all November shows are on sale now - more details and booking information for individual shows below.


Festival Ticket offers (apply to shows at Hull Truck Theatre only):

Festival Saver ticket: see any 3 Hull Truck Theatre shows for the price of 2 (book 3 shows in advance at the same time and get the cheapest ticket free)

Friday Studio Saver: See 7pm and 9pm Studio shows for £15 (students and under 26s £10)

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.












What's on

A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument in the World
11 Nov at Albemarle Music Centre
An Evening with Pat Metheny
11 Nov at Hull City Hall
Andy Sheppard Quartet: Romaria
12 Nov at Royal Hotel Hull
Moon Hooch
15 Nov at Fruit
Whirlwind Recordings Residency: Michael Janisch, SImon Purcell and Robert Mitchell
16 Nov at Middleton Hall, University of Hull
Arun Ghosh Band
16 Nov at Hull Truck Theatre
17 Nov at Fruit
Dusty and Shirley
17 Nov at Hull Truck Theatre
Double bill of new music - Stuart McCallum and Revenu
17 Nov at Hull Truck Theatre
Bill Laurance - Solo Piano
17 Nov at Hull Truck Theatre
Zoe Gilby's Family Jazz All Stars
18 Nov at Hull Truck Theatre
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