october, 2022

fri28oct7:30 pmJo Fooks Quartet + Tim Richards Trio7:30 pm Event Type :Jazz Club

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Folkestone Ethno Jazz Festival – 2022


We are delighted to announce that the Folkestone Ethno Jazz Festival – 2022, will be taking place 27th, 28th, 29th October at The Tower Theatre.

In celebration of musical ethnicity, we have invited exquisite world artists to share sounds from Western to Southern Afro, Latin, British, European and American Jazz.  Do join us and indulge in the diversity of styles and influences that Jazz can offer.




Jo Fooks, born in Edinburgh, began learning the saxophone at 15. In 1992 she won ‘The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year’.

Inspired and encouraged by local Edinburgh musicians, Jo went on to study saxophone at the Guildhall School of music in London (1995-99). She also studied at the Berklee School of music in Boston after receiving a full fee scholarship for the summer jazz programme. After recording her debut album “Here and Now!”, the legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited her to join his eight-piece band. With whom she toured and performed in some of the most amazing theatres and venues in Britain. Humphs fun filled and melodic approach to music was to be a huge influence. And through performing in his band Jo also recorded and worked with Acker Bilk and played alongside Tina May, Joe Temperley, Scott Hamilton, Elkie Brooks,and many others.

Jo’s other influences include Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gorden, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans. Her mellow tone is often compared to Stan getz and Zoot Simms.
Jo began to compose her own music in2004 after learning and analyzing a wide variety of Jazz standards. She currently gigs in and around the London area and her teaching positions have included tutoring the RAF bands men (2000-2006)

Jo Fooks – Sax | Bobby Worth – Drums | Andy Cleyndert – Bass | Ted Beament – Piano

”Her full, singing tone on the lovely ‘Heart Of Gold’ irrevocably calls to mind the playing of Stan Getz” – Peter Quinn Jazzwise magazine
“A brilliantly inventive player and composer…”  Humphrey Lyttelton – Radio 2 “Best of Jazz”

Visit JO FOOKS (webs.com) for more information about the artist

Pianist Tim Richards has been a presence on the UK jazz scene since the early 80s, touring and recording widely as leader of various groups including ‘Spirit Level’, the nine-piece ‘Great Spirit’ and the six-piece ‘Hextet’, with over a dozen albums out on both vinyl and CD. He was described in THE OBSERVER as ‘a cornerstone of British jazz’ and his recent album ‘Telegraph Hill’ as ‘a joy from beginning to end’.
Tim’s trio have entertained audiences from Inverness to Istanbul and have released three CDs of blues, standards and originals on the 33 Records label: Tim Richards – Music

Tim Richards – Piano | Alex Keen- Double Bass | Daniel Howard – Drums

‘A highly distinctive solo voice, blues and gospel tinged, but with a percussive drive betraying his roots in hard bop.’  The Independent 
‘Exuberantly swinging, gospel tinged bop, freshly served.’ Jazzwise Magazine
‘Luminously funky – laced with the blues…’ Rough Guide to Jazz

Evening tickets £17.50 | CLICK TO BOOK 3 Day Festival Pass £55
Doors from 6.30pm| Unreserved seating

A PortCaia production in association with The Tower Theatre


(Friday) 7:30 pm


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