Day three in Beat City and still lots to hear

Jim Bashford - leading his band at The Yardbird.

Jim Bashford – leading his band at The Yardbird.

The Beat City Jazz Festival enters its third and final day with a the Soweto Kinch Trio providing the headline spot at the Copthorne Hotel this evening.

Soweto is likely to be playing music from his new double CD, The Legend Of Mike Smith, which mixes story-telling, hip-hop, MC-ing and jazz with full audience participation – prepare to make your contribution! It all happens from 9pm.

Before that, however, there are two fine young bands to take you through the afternoon and into the early evening.

First up at 3pm at The Yardbird is the Eliot Drew Quartet – Eliot on alto saxophone, Andrew Woodhead on piano, Hamish Livingstone on double bass and Jonathan Silk in drums. They make a classy sound, whether playing Drew’s originals or his arrangements of jazz standards.

At 6pm in the same venue, drummer Jim Bashford, a familiar face in many bands around the city, leads his own group, with Simon King on guitar, Steve Tromans on keyboards and Tim Harries on bass. Expect some edgy improvising and a good deal of energy.

For a day ticket to all of these gigs for £20 or a £12 ticket just for Soweto, and for more information, go to

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