Swanage Jazz Festival 2023 returns to ‘traditional home’

A RAFT of acts have been unveiled for the 32nd Swanage Jazz Festival.

The event, featuring an extended Friday programme, returns to its traditional base on Sandpit Field this year and runs from July 7 to 9.

Venues across the town will host acts, as well as the Mowlem Theatre.

Tickets are now on sale, with organisers saying nearly 30% have already been sold.

Headline names set to perform include The James Taylor Quartet, The Claire Martin and her Trio, Alina Bzhezinska’s Hip Harp Collective with Vimala Rowe,

Tony Kofi’s Inside Straight, Alyn Shipton’s Friends of New Orleans and Chris Hodgkin’s Tribute to Humphrey Lyttelton.

The extended Friday programme will see music start at 4pm at Sandpit Field, overlooking the sea.

Paul Kelly, chair of Swanage Jazz Festival, said: “We staged our 2022 festival to great acclaim.

“We are delighted to be expanding the festival capacity by going back onto Sandpit Field.

“We will now have two sizeable venues with fantastic sea views and the increased capacity will address some venue capacity issues we had in 2022.

“We will be adding to the published programme in the coming weeks. Once again, Swanage will offer a wide range of top quality British Jazz in an unbeatable setting.”

Other names booked include Bristol bands Get The Blessing and The Rebecca Nash Band.

Festival favourites Alan Barnes and Nigel Price return, the latter with the Italian guitarist Alessio Menconi.

The programme also features the legendary vocalist Norma Winstone in a trio format, popular clarinettist Arun Ghosh and bands led by Misha Mullov-Abbado, Corrie Dick, Dave O’Higgins, and rising bass player Isobella Burnham.

Festival Saturday will kick off with the traditional New Orleans Parade featuring James Emmett’s Ragtime Revellers.

Tickets are priced at £130 for the Weekend stroller, £80 for a Saturday or Sunday Stroller and £40 for a Friday Stroller. Discounted tickets are available for accompanied Under 16s.

Residents of BH19 (Swanage) will be entitled to a 10% discount and details of how that will run will be advertised in March.

The festival will also be staging a free Fringe Festival in local pubs and hotels.

For more information, and to book tickets, visit


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