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Shakespeare In Jazz As Bard Books For Festival

William Shakespeare is so crackers about Coventry's jazz festival that he's bought a ticket for every concert.

The bard's modern-day namesake, Coventry engineer Bill Shakespeare, was the first person to buy a £48 festival pass, entitling him to get into more than a dozen events at the five-day festival, which runs from August 24-28 at five city centre venues.

At 61, he's been a jazz fan for more than 20 years and felt he couldn't afford to miss anything.

He said:

"The cost of it didn't really occur to me. The festival's got a very attractive programme bringing together over a few days some of the best talent in jazz from Britain and overseas.

“That's not something we are accustomed to in Coventry and I didn't want to miss any of it."

For his £48, Mr Shakespeare gets to see piano legend McCoy Tyner and a string of top British jazz stars, including Andy Sheppard, Denys Baptiste, Steve Lodder, John Surman, Tina May and Annie Whitehead, as well as a day of blues, featuring some of the hottest bands around.

His is not the only combination ticket offered by the festival. There's a weekend pass at £35, a Sunday pass at £25 and another for Saturday at £12.

Bob Marriott, who chairs the festival organising committee, said:

"We think the combination tickets are terrific value and we're very keen that people know about them."

Bill Shakespeare bought his ticket from the main festival box office, Coventry's Tourist Information Centre in Bayley Lane. Tel 024 7683 2303/2304.

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