International Jazz Day (April 30th) will be celebrated in the host city of Washington D.C. with a special party at The Whitehouse presented by Barack and Michelle Obama. Special guests include Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding and a host of other top jazz names.
Jazz at The Palmeira got off to a great start with special guest Geoff Simkins bringing in a large crowd followed by a jam session. Hosted by trumpeter Chris Coull, the Wednesday night session features guests in April such as Sara Oschlag, The Three Trumpeteers with Chris Coull, Jack Kendon and Gabriel Garrick, the Grimaldi Quartet and Terry Seabrook.
The Bobby Wellins Benefit Night at The Hare & Hounds in Worthing attracted a large number of big jazz names as well as a large audience who helped raise more than £1,000 for the legendary saxophonist as he recovers from a stroke.
More artists have been announced for the 2016 Love Supreme Festival including Claire Martin & Ray Gelato, Esperanza Spalding, Avery Sunshine and vocalist Kandace Springs (who will also be supporting Gregory Porter at Brighton Dome on Tuesday 19th April).