Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend 2014 at Southport Royal Clifton Hotel January 31st, 2014 admin Latest News Shares Comments Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend 2014 at Southport Royal Clifton Hotel Our 10th ‘Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend’ anniversary festival kicks off on Friday 31st January at the Royal Clifton Hotel on Southport’s famous Promenade. Previous visitors to the festival will know that, with the help of the hotel management and our own team the hotel is transformed, for the weekend, into the UK’s biggest and best jazz club with every suite and bar occupied with concerts, workshops and exhibitions. This is all greatly assisted by the Edwardian style of the hotel and the buzz created by the events taking place. A goodly supply of real ale is on tap and the hotel bars and restaurant are geared to the musical programme. Things are organised so you don’t have to sit through set ups and sound checks and there are no overlaps so you can get to listen to all 11 concerts during the weekend. In between times there’s an exciting fringe programme of music, talks and exhibitions. We also arrange some workshops by visiting musicians. “Nine years in, Southport Melodic Jazz Club’s winter festival shows no sign of faltering or ennui. A must-see event for discerning jazz fans, it offers distinctive concert presentations in a relaxed hotel setting, the whole programme managed seamlessly by Geoff Mathews and his team. More to the point, they find bands and commission performances that buck the play-safe trend of so much festival programming”. JAZZ WISE We are delighted to say that Studio Services (Steve Wright) will again be in charge of the sound desks, Geoff Metcalfe the pianos and Jazz House Records (Alan Ross) the recorded music sales. Hard to grasp that 10 years have flown by since the festival was launched and the SMJ team look forward to welcoming old friends and new to Southport for another very special Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend. About the club Southport Melodic Jazz was founded in 1991 and operated for 11 years as a ‘society’ promoting occasional contemporary gigs in Southport’s Scarisbrick Hotel. The present club, which now has over 200 members and a mailing list of more than 1100, was formed in 2001 as a not-for-profit private limited company run by a Board of unpaid enthusiastic volunteers. We moved to our present ‘home’, The Royal Clifton Hotel on Southport’s Promenade, in 2002 where we have held monthly Sunday club gigs ever since. In 2005 we held our first ‘Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend’ February festival which celebrates its 9th anniversary in 2013 and attracts a nation-wide capacity audience. We now also hold 2 one day mini-festivals in June and December each year. The whole thing has been achieved and financed by organic growth, without recourse to grants or subsidies, from an original investment (in 2001) of £1000 and a loan of £3000 which has been repaid. Annual membership costs £10 (£15 per couple at the same address). Non members are extremely welcome at all our gigs and usually account for about half our audience. Members get ticket discounts when possible. We heavily discount tickets to bona fide students and accompanied under 16’s get in free to most club gigs. We promote a mix of contemporary jazz including national and international stars as well as new and up and coming bands. We aim to pay our musicians as well as can be afforded through the support and attendance of our audiences and to manage our finances in a professional way which has so far engineered our growth and continuity. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!