Get ready for jazz

Coming to Wigan International Jazz Festival - Melanie Chisholm
Coming to Wigan International Jazz Festival - Melanie Chisholm

TOP acts from around the world will descend on Wigan this week for an exciting celebration of music.

From internationally-renowned trumpeter Jon Faddis paying homage to the music of Dizzy Gillespie to Clare Teal singing some of Doris Day’s most loved songs, there is something for everyone at the Wigan International Jazz Festival.

Festival organiser Ian Darrington said: “We’ve brought together some of the best talent from across the world to perform at this year’s festival.

“Jools Holland will be taking to the stage to wow the audience on Thursday, followed by a weekend full of musical entertainment.

“There are still limited tickets left for some gigs so it’s not too late to enjoy the show!”

The Wigan International Jazz Festival, sponsored by Manchester Airport, takes place from Thursday to Sunday July 10 to 13.

Highlights include Holland, performing with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, featuring original Squeeze band member and drummer Gilson Lavis, special guest stars Mel C and Marc Almond, and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall; plus music from rising star AJ Brown, the SK2 Jazz Orchestra and the Super C Big Band.

International stars include the University of South Florida Jazztet and the Helen Sung Quartet.

There are also free town centre concerts, sponsored by Wigan Rotary Club on Saturday with Wigan Schools Swing Band entertaining shoppers at 11am followed by Wigan Youth Band performing from 12noon.

And visitors to Mesnes Park are in for a treat on Sunday when Echo 42 Big Band puts on a show in the park at 1pm.

To book tickets, visit, call 01942 828 271 or book in person at Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre or Haigh Country Park.

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