Isle of Bute Jazz Festival this weekend

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The 26th Isle of Bute Jazz Festival takes place this weekend – and with the news that ticket sales are significantly greater than last year’s, hopes are high for a bumper few days and a significant boost to the island’s ecoomy.

This year there will be several new faces on stage for jazz afficionados, including Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band.

Laurie Chescoe has been at the forefront of the UK jazz scene since 1952, first recording on parlophone with the Teddy Layton Band.

He has played with the greats of British jazz over the past six decades, drawing talented players from the ranks of the finest bands on the jazz scene. Please note there is a venue change for the Laurie Chescoe Reunion Band – they will now be playing at the Pavilion Cafe and not Kingarth Hotel as listed in the programme.

Returning to the festival – albeit with a new band – is Bobby Wishart and the International Sextet, comprising Bobby himself on tenor/soprano sax/flute, Ed Kelly on bass, David Newton on keyboard, Gino Ciancio on piano, Sandro Ciancio on drums and Robert Henderson on trumpet.

A firm favourite in the jazz programme is the street parade – an opportunity to dust off your glad rags and raise your umbrella in the air – led by parade marshall Jenny Brown. Those wishing to take part should assemble at 10.30am for an 11am start. Come and join in the festivities!

Also, this year the Jazz Praise Service – with the West Jesmond Rhythm Kings - will be held in the United Church of Bute at 11am on Sunday, May 5. All are invited to attend.