About this year’s Festival

We are delighted to introduce our 15th Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend in Southport. Last year saw 20% new faces so please keep spreading the word that we have a really compact, beautiful festival at the start of the year planned for you. The best in British, some of the North West’s stalwarts and an array of International visitors to play for you, all under one roof.


The location is beautiful, the seaside town of Southport is on the up, with our host The Royal Clifton being fully renovated and new investment all over town. Motorway access is excellent, Manchester airport is just over an hour away and Southport station is just a few minutes’ walk.


Our programming style remains largely unchanged, we love to introduce new names to you, this year the surprise will be the Kjetil Mulelid Trio from Norway, we bring you the London based hotshots, Tony Kofi with his Cannonball project and Nigel Price with his fabulous organ trio; the rising star Champian Fulton, and the superb Swingtime Big Band, this year with very special guest Joe Stilgoe joining them. So many other Jazz names too, a wide & varied programme as always. Our early bird arrival gig features Neil Yates’s Chetrio and this year we return to the formula of having more music in the refurbished Lounge, so Vernon Fuller, Jazz Jams & late-night tunes.


Geoff Matthews called his festival “the best Jazz house party in the UK” and we aim to continue that tradition. The Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa is home from home, features 2 great rooms for live music, has a great bar, real ale, menus and service to match. So, if you make it to the end of the party, we salute you and close with the amazing sound of the Jazz Samba, the musicians inspired by the tunes from Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s ground-breaking 1962 recording.


We look forward to welcoming you to Southport, Neil