THE National Brewery Centre in Burton will open its doors to some top jazz stars this weekend for a major new music festival.
The first Burton Jazz Festival takes over the Horninglow Street venue on Saturday and Sunday.
Organiser Paul Jefferies said the festival follows the success of a monthly jazz night at the centre (inset).
He said: “It came about as I have been running a club there once a month called Jazz on Tap.
“I thought that was working amazingly well so I thought why not bring more jazz to Burton as the night was pretty much full every month.
“Rather than just covering one stable of jazz we are trying to tell the history of jazz through the decades at the festival.
“The National Brewery Centre want to be a focal point for the town and they are right behind the event.”
Mr Jefferies, originally from Oxford but now of Scalpcliffe Road, Stapenhill, said the festival was hopefully here to stay.
He also explained that the aim was to make it an event for all the family.
He said: “It is genuinely something we want to push it out across Burton in subsequent years.
“It is unique – it’s the first jazz festival that Burton has ever had.
“We are also keen on making it a family event as much as possible.
“A lot of jazz festivals are adult exclusive but by doing it at the National Brewery Centre they will be opening up the museum for free on the day and kids will be able to get into all of the venues.”
The festival will be headlined on Saturday night by the award-winning singer and Radio 2 broadcaster Clare Teal (main picture), before one of the UK’s most popular jazz musicians Alan Barnes headlines on Sunday night.
He will be joined on stage by the Ben Holder Quartet, led by Burton-born Ben Holder.
Tickets start from £7 and are available from the National Brewery Centre by calling 01283 532880 or at www.burtonjazzfestival.com
*See Friday’s Mail for an in-depth look at the artists playing across the weekend.