BIF Jazz Weekender Tickets
8 -10 July 2023

Sat 8 July 2023

A package of tickets including Wynton Marsalis

These tickets are now sold out.

However you may be interested in the Jazz Weekender Plus ticket.  Click here for more information.


Enjoy a weekend of big band, boogie-woogie, New Orleans, folk, jazz and Wynton Marsalis with Buxton International Festival’s all-inclusive Jazz Weekender ticket.

BIF will once again be creating their own intimate jazz club at The Palace Hotel, in the heart of the town. Events will also take place in the Pavilion Arts Centre and at the iconic Buxton Opera House.

The Jazz Weekender ticket includes entry to 11 BIF jazz gigs from Saturday 8 to Monday 10 July 2023 PLUS entry to director Sir David Hare’s book event

The line-up includes:


Saturday 8 July

Sir David Hare

The award-winning playwright, screenwriter, film and television director discusses his latest book. The elegant essays that make up We Travelled range in subject from the photographer Lee Miller to the Archbishop of Canterbury, from a celebration of Mad Men to a diagnosis of the incoherence of Conservatism in the new century.


The Super Big Tramp Band

Enjoy Supertramp’s classic tracks in a big band setting, with John Helliwell, Supertramp’s saxophonist since 1973 as the chief soloist.


Shez Raja

Shez is renowned for his high energy live shows, unique Indojazzfunk sound and global star collaborations. Inspired by travels with his father to the Punjab region as a boy, Shez merges his rich musical heritage with a hugely diverse playing experience to create dynamic and passionate music that blends East with West.


Trish Clowes and Ross Stanley

Trish Clowes and Ross Stanley have been carefully crafting their unique sound world over a number of years, which includes their own material, arrangements of music from jazz, folk and church organ traditions, and free improvisations. The duo’s performances include Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.


Sunday 9 July 

Northern Jazz Orchestra

Back on the circuit and sounding as tight as ever, the NJO have thirty years’ experience of performing up and down the country, recently appearing on BBC2 show ‘You make me feel like Dancing.’ The NJO are ready to perform their new exciting material showing the modern sounds of today’s big bands.

Come along and listen to the roar of the brass and sax section, complemented by the rhythm section and led by veteran big band drummer and educator Paul J  Rigby.


Tom Seals

Hot on the heels of sell-out shows across the globe including London’s legendary Ronnie Scott’s, a stunning performance at Birdland Jazz Club on Broadway in New York and working with Jools Holland, Tom Seals’ star is destined to soar stratospherically in 2023.  His virtuoso soloing, excellent improvisations skills and distinctive voice have left top industry officials hailing him the UK’s finest boogie woogie and blues pianist/vocalist.


Gaz Hughes Trio

Gaz first came to wider public attention as the original drummer in the Matthew Halsall Band and featured heavily on the early recordings of the Gondwana label. A particular highlight was recording the album “On The Go”, which won The Best Jazz Album of the Year at the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards and was nominated Best Jazz Album at the MOBO Awards.


Monday 10 July

Ni Maxine

Ni Maxine is a Neo-Jazz Singer-Songwriter; a black woman navigating the modern world and exploring themes of home, identity, self-esteem and belonging.  Her childhood was steeped in the deep cultural reference points of black history. She recalls her father’s love of jazz, her mother’s love of funk and rare groove, as well weekdays in front of MTV Base and Sunday mornings in a gospel church, where she first learned to sing.

Maxine has a debut single being supported by BBC Introducing and Jazz FM, she is one to watch.


Tommy Smith & Peter Johnstone

Tommy Smith is one of the world’s leading saxophonists. A presence on the international jazz scene since his teenage years, when he toured the world with vibes virtuoso Gary Burton’s Whiz Kids quintet, Smith has gone on to record with the definitive jazz label, Blue Note and work with myriad jazz greats including Chick Corea, John Scofield, Randy Brecker, Dame Cleo Laine and Jack DeJohnette.


Wynton Marsalis

To close our first, full weekend of jazz we are blessed to have jazz royalty visiting.

Wynton Marsalis is a world-renowned trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and a leading advocate of American culture.

Marsalis performs and composes across the entire spectrum of jazz and has written jazz-influenced chamber music and symphonic works for revered classical ensembles across the US and abroad. He is inspired to experiment in an ever-widening palette of forms and concepts that constitute some of the most advanced thinking in modern jazz and in American music on the broad scale. His body of original work includes 600 songs and movements, 11 ballets, four symphonies, eight suites, two chamber pieces, two string quartets, two masses, and concertos for violin and tuba.


Why not make a full weekend of it and get a BIF Jazz Weekender Plus ticket, for discounted prices on jazz events from Thursday until Monday, and entry to the world premiere of the new musical The Land of Might-Have-BeenClick here for more details.

There will be an opportunity to buy day tickets and tickets to individual events in April 2023.

Click here to find out how to become a Friend of BIF and enjoy priority booking as well as access to exclusive events.


Image credit:  Rob Waymen

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