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Jazz Supremo Signed Up For Festival

A composer, band leader and soloist widely recognised as Britain’s foremost jazz artist is to headline the Coventry Jazz Festival in August.

Saxophonist Andy Sheppard brings his Learning to Wave band to the Belgrade Theatre on the evening of Saturday, August 26 for one of the major concerts of the five-day festival.

Sheppard’s range of work covers many fields.

He has performed all over the world, collaborating with artists as diverse as John Martyn, Nigel Kennedy, Carla Bley, Gil Evans, Elvis Costello and dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

He’s written original music for live theatre and for television, including documentary series on actor Peter sellers and ice dancers Torvill and Dean.

His Learning to Wave band features top keyboard player Steve Lodder. They will be playing music from their second album Dancing Man and Woman, which is premiered this month.

Andy Sheppard is the first confirmed booking for this years Coventry Jazz festival, which runs from 24-28 August at a number of city centre venues.

For the second year the festival is being co-ordinated by Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions, working with local jazz promoters.

Highlights of the 1999 festival included Georgie Fame and the legendary Jimmy Smith.

Bob Marriott, who chairs the organising committee, said:

“Andy Sheppard is Britain’s biggest selling jazz artist. This is a prestige venue and we’re delighted to be putting him on at the Belgrade.”

For ticket and booking information contact the Coventry Tourist Information Centre at Bayley Lane, Coventry on 024 7683 2303 / 2304.

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