International Women’s Day 20228.3.22
We thought we’d celebrate International Women’s Day by giving a shout out to some of the brilliant female artists who have played at Lancaster Jazz Festival over the years.
We’re always looking at how we can make our submission process and our commissioning as inclusive as possible – if you’ve any suggestions about how we can improve, we’d love to hear them!
In no particular order, here are just some amazing of the amazing jazz musicians, composers and improvisers who have recently played at Lancaster Jazz Festival.
Camilla George and her band put on an electrifying show to a packed out audience back in 2019. Find out more about Camilla George at camillageorge.com and buy her album ‘The People Could Fly’ at Apple Music.
Maja is a cellist, composer and cello teacher. We’re also lucky enough to have Maja as one of our board of Trustees! Find out more about Maja Bugge and her work at majabugge.com.
Nishla Smith is a jazz singer and writer involved in many different creative projects, including a commission for Lancaster Jazz Festival. Find out more about Nishla Smith: www.nishlasmith.com
Emma Johnson is a saxophonist and composer and has played at Lancaster Jazz Festival with her band Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat. Emma will also be taking part in our Evolve commission this year. Find out more about Emma Johnson: www.johnsonmusic.co.uk
Sarah Heneghan is a mutli-instrumentalist and composer. Sarah has played at the festival as part of Beyond Albedo, she also has a solo project Power Out.
Vula Viel (Bex Burch, Ruth Goller and Jim Hart) played an incredible set at the festival back in 2019. Find out more about Vula Viel at bexburch.com/vulaviel and listen to Vula Viel on Bandcamp.
Charlotte Keeffe is an experimental and improvising flugelhorn and trumpet player – with her quartet she played an amazing show at Lancaster Jazz Festival back in 2019. Find out more about Charlotte Keeffe: www.charlottekeeffe.com and listen to her music on Bandcamp.
J Frisco are Megan Roe on guitar, Jemma Freese on keyboard and Lara Jones on sax, who have all played at Lancaster Jazz Festival in a few different groups – all of which have been brilliant and noisy! Listen to J Frisco on Spotify
Ariane Mamon is a singer and composer and performance artist. With her band she played a magical and uplifting show at the Lancaster Jazz Festival All-Dayer in 2021. Find out more about Ariane Mamon: arianemamon.com
Polly Virr is a cellist and composer, involved in a number of interesting projects including taking music into primary schools in deprived areas of Leeds with Opera North. Polly has played at the festival as a solo artist and also as part of Täpp. Find out more about Polly Virr: pollyvirrcello.com