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Liverpool’s premier jazz extravaganza returns to The Capstone Theatre between Thurs 21st Feb and Sun 24th Feb and yet again it promises to be a spectacular 4 day event with an all star line up.

The 7th Liverpool International Jazz Festival will feature contemporary instrumental jazz from the likes of David Helbock’s Random Control, Strobes, Kit Downes, Darius Brubeck Quartet, Atom String Quartet, VEIN with Andy Sheppard and many more!

The highly regarded festival has previously showcased top international artists such Courtney Pine, Denys Baptiste, Impossible Gentlemen and GoGo Penguin, and this year’s jazz fiesta is set to deliver yet another bill of exciting acts.

Expect a variety of styles, taking audience members on a musical journey that traverses numerous genres and cross-genres, and enjoy support sets from some of the best North West acts alongside international big hitters.

The Festival opens with Austrian pianist David Helbock’s Random Control on Thursday 21st February, a trio that applies an unconventional approach and instrumentation to Jazz standards such as Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man and Keith Jarrett’s My Song.

High-octane innovators Strobes follow up on Friday 22nd Feb with an explosive set that fuses math-rock with electronica and jazz improvisation.

Saturday 23rd Feb includes an Indian classical music/jazz crossover concert at 1pm presented in collaboration with partner organisation Milapfest, afternoon duo sets at 4pm from Kit Downes & Tom Challenger and Trevor Watts & Stephen Grew in the Creative Campus’s Great Hall, and in the evening a concert from the Darius Brubeck Quartet, featuring Dave O’Higgins.

The Darius Brubeck Quartet’s set will include original music alongside standards composed by Darius’ father Dave Brubeck, whose 1959 album Time Out is a defining moment in jazz history.

The final day of the Festival (Sunday 24th Feb) begins at 1pm with a Triple Bill Concert of North West based bands (After the Flood, Deep Cabaret and Ancient Infinity Orchestra), a saxophone workshop day presented by Curly Woodwind featuring Andy Sheppard taking place throughout the afternoon, and at 4.30pm in the Great Hall a concert by Atom String Quartet, hailing from Poland.

The Festival concludes with a concert from Swiss trio VEIN with Andy Sheppard on the evening of Sunday 24th Feb. VEIN are noted for their rhythmically precise and neoclassical approach. The inclusion of legendary British saxophonist Andy Sheppard will make for an energetic and impressive finale to the Festival.

In addition to the various top performances over the 4 days, you can enjoy masterclasses, workshops, after-events and other surprises in what promises to be a spectacular festival of music and culture. Tickets for performances vary from as little as £6.50 to £15 and as they’re selling fast, it’s advisable to purchase sooner rather than later. Yet again, The Capstone Theatre produces another culturally rich event — a welcome addition to the thriving Liverpool music scene.

Check out Liverpool International Jazz Festival ONLINE

For tickets check out The Capstone Theatre’s What’s On page HERE

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