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Free jazz fest shows

TICKETS for Shetland’s first ever jazz festival this weekend are selling well, according to the organisers.

In a bid to encourage more people to come to the more experimental concerts they have been made free to attend.

Jeff Merrifield, of Shetland Jazz Club, said the Shetland Improvisers Orchestra gig with music inspired by Shetland images with George Burt and Raymond MacDonald is now “free to get in, free to enjoy and free of the more usual musical constraints”. It is in Lerwick Town Hall at 4.30pm on Saturday.

NeWt are a small experimental outfit who have been preparing a unique Shetland piece of music during a week long residency on Unst which will be performed and recorded for CD release at the Clickimin following the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s show. Anyone with tickets for the SNJO can attend for free.

Another free event is the film double bill at the Garrison Theatre on Saturday morning featuring Jazz On A Summer’s Day, one of the finest films ever made about jazz, and a new documentary about the legendary Scottish singer with an international reputation Annie Ross.

Also looking for a crowd is the Sunday lunchtime concert at Tingwall public hall at 12.30pm featuring one quarter of the SNJO as the Bespoke Quartet along with a collective of Shetland’s best jazzers. More festival details are available at www.shetlandjazzclub.org

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