Saturday, 22 August 2009


The fifth annual jazz festival organised by the Thanet Jazz Festival Trust is scheduled to take place on the Regency Lawns, Ramsgate between 2pm and 9pm on Sunday 30 August.

This year, in spite of being hit by a shortage of funding, we plan to have Dana Gillespie (pictured) as our headline singer. Dana has been dedicated to the blues from an early age, and was invited by Bob Dylan to support him on his 1997 UK tour, including a sell-out show at Wembley. She was also voted ‘Top British Female Blues Vocalist’ by the British Blues Connection and Blueprint Magazine between 1992 and 1996. Her backing group will include local artists, David Malin and Duncan Mackay.

And local talent will be prominently on show throughout the day. The events start with the Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra who played to great acclaim two years ago. We follow this with the up and coming rock/funk musician Henry Johnson who has already developed a significant local following and is currently on the edge of signing a major record deal.
Our headline band will be the ever popular Westcoast Band from Margate who can guarantee to get the crowd swinging.
As in previous years, we shall have associated events in the Churchill Tavern, including the ever popular Electric Arquestra on Monday. Watch out for posters, and enjoy the blues over the August Bank Holiday weekend


  1. Never heard Dana but just found her on MYSPACE AND SHE HAS SEVERAL TRACKS YOU CAN LISTEN TO nice voice



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