At this time of year, around the middle of the month, there would normally be a frenzy of activity before Pershore Jazz Festival on Pershore College Campus. Marquee and staging being erected, PA equipment being installed, and a host of details checked to make sure of a safe, comfortable and happy experience for around six hundred people. Hard work but the smiling faces and warm compliments make it all worthwhile.
But this year – nothing. So, we planned for next year and Festival 2021 is practically ready for opening in early January. But all is not lost, a group of popular festival musicians are assembling to produce a virtual performance during the weekend 14th - 16th August when the festival would have happened and it will be available on our website, pershorejazz.org.uk or on Facebook and YouTube. Details coming soon.
The refurbishment of Pershore Football Club is well under way and looking good both in the team changing rooms and, more relevant to the Jazz Club, the Function Room. Various configurations of tables and chairs are being tried to achieve maximum capacity consistent with social distancing and we are becoming more confident of being able to reopen the club soon.
Initially it would probably be limited admission by ticket only and the very popular Zoltan Sagi Quartet (with our own Graham Smith on drums) are lined up for when Boris allows indoor performances.
Hungarian born Zoltan playing clarinet and saxophones has had a huge width of experience with bands such as Harlem, Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Charleston Chasers, Chris Barber and Kenny Ball. He has played alongside many great names; Earl Warren, Kenny Davern, Humphrey Lyttleton, Bruce Adams and Roy Williams to name just a few, so we will be in for a very varied repertoire of different styles of jazz.
Keep up to date at pershorejazz.org.uk or ring 07487 606964.