A star-studded line-up of some of the biggest names in jazz risked the freakish conditions to descend on Dinton in order to take part in the festival, organised by the Mark Allen Group’s leading country title, Wiltshire Life.
One of the two main headline acts was Eliane Elias, the Brazilian singer and pianist who came all the way from New York with her double bassist and husband, Marc Johnson, before touring Europe, Canada and the United States. Her appearance at the Wiltshire Jazz Festival was their only one in Britain.
The other headline act was the legendary band leader and trombonist Chris Barber who brought his 10-strong big band. Chris Barber, aged 82, has been an iconic trad jazz band leader for more than 60 years. Both headline acts received rapturous applause at the festival.
Other bands were: The Bateman Brothers; Arun Ghosh Quartet; John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus with Chris Garrick; Andy Sheppard; Nicola Farnon Quartet; the Alexander/Robinson Duo and the BeE Ororo Quintet.
Dr Andrew Murrison, the MP for South West Wiltshire, opened the festival, now in its seventh year, which supported two local charities, Friends of St Mary’s Parish Church, Dinton, as well The Trussell Trust foodbank.
Mark Allen, the chairman of the Mark Allen Group and the festival’s promoter, said: “This was a wonderful occasion, our best ever. We have received such a fantastic response from both festival goers and the musicians who participated.
“The festival takes place in the gardens of my country house and the ambience is superb. We were supremely lucky with the weather.”
He added: “As a keen jazz enthusiast myself, I organise this festival to entice only the best bands to this rural corner of England, not as a commercial undertaking. Our aim is also to make a real contribution to the local community in which we have offices.”Back to News