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Music Editorial

ghosh19.jpg All that DJAZZ

Djazz? That’s just the cool way of saying The Durham City Jazz Festival, which is taking place at several venues across the city this June.

From pop-up jazz bars to Durham Cathedral, this, the third DJAZZ event, will thrum to an eclectic mix of regional, national and international musicians. And they’ve got some real big-hitters lined up this year including the double MOBO award-winner Moses Boyd and 2018’s ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year’ Arun Ghosh (pictured), who will open the festival.

Elsewhere you will be able to see the likes of Paul Edis and Graeme Wilson; the brilliant Newcastle based genre-fluid trio of Archipelago with vocal looping artist Fran Bundey; Ceitidh Mac (blending alt-folk with mellow vocals); The Nu Bossa Band (Portuguese father-daughter duo with music spanning the Afro-Cuban and Latin tradition); LoLanders (an exciting collaboration between leading Scottish and Dutch musicians); Kinesis (featuring local drumming star Abbie Finn); and much more.

What I particularly like about the festival is that you pay a flat £20 for the full three days, giving you access to over 20 events, which will let you try strands of jazz you may not have tried before. One minute you might be watching the multi-award winning Moses Boyd in the historic Durham Miners Hall and the next you’re at The Holy GrAle pub for an intimate set with 25 others. From straight up trios through to bossa nova, grime and electro, be prepared to have your ears opened.

DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival, Friday 7-Sunday 9 June. djazzfestival.co.uk