A star-studded line-up beckons for this summer’s Upton Jazz Festival with more big names added to the gig list.

Already confirmed to play at Upton’s iconic, intimate venues are 40 renowned jazz bands including several British Jazz Award-winners.

Spokesperson Tanya Gledhill said: “On the bill are 1920s aficionados Aces of Rhythm, New Orleans outfit Black Cat Jazz and the much-in-demand London six-piece Harlem Meercats, with the music of Duke Ellington.

“They’re joined by trumpet maestro Bruce Adams; Dan Cassidy, brother of the late, great singing star Eva; gipsy jazz band La Vie En Rose, world-class clarinettist Julian Marc Stringle and Budapest Ragtime Band.”

Tanya added: “Their gigs sit alongside sessions by vintage jazz swing band Brownfield Byrne Hot Six, and Richard Leach’s 7 Stars of Jazz, Britain’s foremost Chicago/Dixieland-style jazz band.

“Also on the bill are regional Jazz Musician of the Year, violinist Ralph Allin with his Quartet; lively jazz samba outfit Richard Exall Goes Getz and boogie woogie maestro Carl Sinclair.”

The Miss Rosina Hepburn Quintet appear at the festival for the first time, along with the star studded Mulligan/Baker quartet, Sliphorn Summit, Strumpit and New Orleans Heat.

In addition, a lively fringe festival at riverside venue The Swan attracts thousands of locals and jazz fans alike.

Ticket-holders can expect 50 gigs over the four days of the event - the 34th Upton Jazz Festival - which takes place from June 27 to June 30 $in venues including pubs, clubs and a space under the river bridge alongside the River Severn”.

“We spend 12 months planning each festival, following world-renowned bands around the country and drawing up our wish-list of musicians,” says Musicial Director Rachel Hayward, who plays vibes in band Hotsy Totsy.

“This year, it’s a cracker,” she added

Further details at: https://www.uptonjazz.co.uk/whos-on/.