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Robert Glasper to headline Hull Jazz Festival at Hull Truck Theatre!

Hull Truck Theatre welcome the 25th edition of the Hull Jazz Festival between Tuesday 15 and Saturday 19 November.

The festival is headlined by multi-award winning US music producer and pianist Robert Glasper, performing with his band the Robert Glasper Experiment (Friday 18 November, 7.30 pm). Glasper, known for his genre-defying collaborations with artists including Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Mos Def and Jay-Z, will perform tracks from the Experiment’s new album, Artscience.

The festival opens with Grammy Award-nominated vocalist Stacey Kent, performing tracks from her new album, Tenderly – a collaboration with renowned Brazilian guitarist Roberto Menescal (Tuesday 15 November, 7.30 pm). This show sees Kent, winner of Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards, returning to the much-loved Jazz standards of the Great American Songbook, with tracks including The Very Thought of You, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning and Embraceable You.

Vocalist Sarah Jane Morris and guitarist Antonio Forcione come together to perform tracks from their new album, Compared to What (Thursday 17 November, 8 pm). The duo has been compared to an impressive array of musical trailblazers, including the vocals of Tom Waits and Janis Joplin, and the instrumentals of Jimi Hendrix and Django Reinhardt.

Hull Jazz Festival’s collaboration with Hull Music Hub sees the combined talents of the City of Hull and East Riding Youth Jazz Orchestras take to the Hull Truck Theatre stage (Saturday 19 November, 3 pm). It will also be the Hull Jazz Festival debut of Hull Big Band, featuring 17 of the region’s leading young players.

Saturday’s programme at Hull Truck Theatre continues with the Tom Harrison Quintet, a new project from the rising star saxophonist. Joined by internationally-acclaimed vocalist Cleveland Watkiss, the five musicians interpret the music of the great Duke Ellington (Saturday 19 November, 6 pm). Audiences can expect some of the lesser-known tunes from the renowned composer’s repertoire alongside classic favourites.

World-renowned violinist Omar Puente leads a multinational sextet firmly rooted in his Afro-Cuban heritage in Omar Puente Cuban Sextet: Best Foot Forward (Saturday 19 November, 9 pm). The show fuses music from Brazil, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe in infectious rhythms and original melodies.


David Porter, Director of J-Night, says:

‘We pride ourselves on introducing audiences to leading national and international artists, as well as providing inspiring performance opportunities to young jazz musicians at the start of their careers. This November’s programme is no exception. Robert Glasper Experiment
launches a special season as we get ready for a big year in 2017, with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Hull Jazz Festival’s 25th birthday. Come and join the celebrations!’

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Full Hull Jazz Festival listings: 

Stacey Kent

Tuesday 15 November, 7.30 pm, Hull Truck Theatre. Tickets £20

Sarah Jane Morris & Antonio Forcione

Thursday 17 November, 8 pm, Hull Truck Theatre. Tickets £16.50

Phil Robson Organ Trio
Friday 18 November, 1 pm, Middleton Hall. Tickets from £4

Robert Glasper Experiment
Friday 18 November, 7.30 pm, Hull Truck Theatre. Tickets £20

Big Band Spectacular
Saturday 19 November, 3 pm, Hull Truck Theatre. Tickets £8 (£6 students and under-26s)

Tom Harrison Quintet feat. Cleveland Watkiss
Saturday 19 November, 6 pm, Hull Truck Theatre. Tickets £16 (£6 students and under-26s)

Omar Puente Cuban Sextet
Saturday 19 November, 9 pm, Hull Truck Theatre. Tickets £16 (£6 students and under-26s)

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