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HAVE FUN AND RELAX ON A JAZZ HOLIDAY!

I'm happy to take my jazz anywhere, and over the years I've become quite involved with some excellent jazz holidays.   If you've not been on a jazz holiday and you'd like to know more, or if you have and just want to consider the choices, etc, please read on, phone me or send me an email.   There's a good mix.   Some are in the UK, and others at interesting locations a little further afield.   Take friends, meet friends, make friends.   You're in good company with us!

  THREE GREAT JAZZ WEEKENDS WITH THE JOHN SHILLITO BAND!

 

No 1.   JOHN SHILLITO BAND ANNUAL SUMMER JAZZ HOUSE - PARTY

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY JUNE 28th, 29th & 30th 2019

YARN MARKET HOTEL, DUNSTER, near MINEHEAD, SOMERSET

This weekend is like a great 3-day annual summer house party.   We've been associated with this event, originally set up by the late George Giles, for about 10 years now.   The Yarn Market is a small, family run, hotel in the scenic, historic village of Dunster.   It's comfortable, the food is great and the staff are friendly and attentive.   Situated just on the edge of Exmoor, and near to the Somerset coast, there's plenty to see and do during the day, and after dinner every evening, the JOHN SHILLITO BAND plays a different, varied, programme of excellent, entertaining jazz that generates plenty of swing and lots of smiles.   Guests' requests are a priority and there's a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.   Many of our guests return, year after year, so that's a good indicator of what to expect.    Arrive on Friday afternoon and depart after breakfast on Monday morning - but you can arrange to stay longer, many sometimes do.   (The music is only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, though!)

For the current booking details and prices, please phone 01643 821425.  

Or email: hotel@yarnmarkethotel.co.uk.

YARN MARKET HOTEL, 25 - 33, HIGH STREET, DUNSTER, SOMERSET, TA24 6SF.

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No 2.   OUR SEPTEMBER JAZZ FESTIVAL ON THE SOMERSET COAST

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20th, 21st & 22nd 2019

St AUDRIES BAY HOLIDAY CLUB, WEST QUANTOXHEAD, SOMERSET

This will be the fifth year at St Audries - and the numbers of jazz aficionados attending has grown each year.   

We always try to be a little bit different from other jazz weekends - with a few different names on the playlist.

There's music from 4.00 pm Friday afternoon through to 11.00 pm Sunday evening.

Swing dance cabaret each evening and lessons on Saturday and Sunday  

Dinner - Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   Breakfast - Saturday, Sunday and Monday.   The superb programme for 2019 includes:

  • CRAIG MILVERTON BAND

  • HOPPIN' MAD

  • JIM & MAGGIE DOUGLAS

  • JIM DOUGLAS FESTIVAL ALL-STAR BAND with Jim Douglas, Craig Milverton / Martin Litton, Ron Drake, 

      John Wurr, Mike Pointon, John Watson, Pete Furnish & John Shillito.

  • JOHN MADDOCKS' JAZZMEN

  • MARTIN LITTON & JANICE DAY

  • RIVIERA RAMBLERS

  • SPATS LANGHAM'S HOT FINGERS

  • TREVOR RICHARDS (drums) from NEW ORLEANS via FRANKFURT

  • WASHINGTON WHIRLIGIG

Listen or dance to show-stopping jazz in different styles from Friday afternoon till Sunday night.

Splendid chalet or caravan accommodation right on the edge of the beautiful Somerset coastline.

Indoor pool & sauna, indoor & outdoor games, full bar facilities, great food and amenities.

Arrive Friday afternoon in time for the first session and depart Monday morning after breakfast.

Make your reservation soon to avoid disappointment.

St Audries Bay Holiday Club, West Quantoxhead, Somerset, TA4 4DY.   

Phone: 01984 632515   email info@staudriesbay.co.uk  

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No 3. JOHN SHILLITO BAND OLD YEAR / NEW YEAR JAZZ HOUSE - PARTY

STOMP OUT THE OLD YEAR & SWING IN THE NEW!

DECEMBER 30th & 31st 2019 & JANUARY 1st 2020

YARN MARKET HOTEL, DUNSTER, near MINEHEAD, SOMERSET

This weekend grew out of our annual summer house party, when a group of guests thought it would be a great idea to do something similar at the turn of the year.   

So many so-called "New Year Balls" turn out to be damp squibs with folks looking at their watches and yawning by 10.30 pm!   NOT THIS ONE!   

IT'S A RELAXING THREE-DAY FUN HOLIDAY - NOT JUST A NEW YEAR'S EVE RITUAL!   

See the Old Year out and the New Year in.

Arrive during the afternoon on December 30th and depart after breakfast on January 2nd - 

But you can arrange to arrive earlier, stay longer, and depart later if you wish.   And many sometimes do.   

(The music is only on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, though!)

 For the current booking details and prices, please phone 01643 821425.  

Or email: hotel@yarnmarkethotel.co.uk.

The address is

YARN MARKET HOTEL, 25 - 33, HIGH STREET, DUNSTER, SOMERSET, TA24 6SF.

 

SAGA JAZZ HOLIDAYS HOSTED BY JOHN SHILLITO

2019 will probably be my final year hosting Jazz Holidays for SAGA.   I've been hosting for over 12 years now, and I've enjoyed every holiday that I've been involved with.   I've met some wonderful people and we've shared some excellent music and hospitality in outstanding locations.   My sincere thanks to all guests, musicians, hotel staff, ship's crews, the SAGA team at Folkestone and, especially, to John Long, who introduced me to it all.   They are great holidays.   I hope I can interest you in joining us somewhere this year.   N.B. I'm not giving up trumpet-playing or band-leading - just conserving some energy so that I can do them better and longer!

SAGA JAZZ IN CROATIA at the Meteor Hotel, Makarska Riviera

MAY 16th 2018 for 7 nights all-inclusive

THE JOHN SHILLITO BAND featuring New Orleans drummer TREVOR RICHARDS, plus John Wurr, Bobby Fox, Jim Douglas, Pete Furnish and myself. 

Jazz Host John Shillito

SAGA Holiday Code AN435 Freephone 0800 056 6078    **********************************************************************************

SAGA CHRISTMAS JAZZ HOLIDAY - THE BEST!  

DECEMBER 23rd, 24th, 25th & 26th 2019

Full board at the CROWN PLAZA HOTEL, BASINGSTOKE

Well located for convenient access

Jazz Host John Shillito leads a popular team who have made many Saga Jazz Holidays such a success:

NEW ORLEANS HEAT

JOHN MADDOCKS' JAZZMEN

RICHARD LEACH’S SEVEN STARS OF JAZZ

SIMON BANKS

Full Christmas fare, presents, prizes and all the trimmings.

SAGA Holiday Code XX899 Freephone 0800 414 444

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For John Shillito Band information

email enquiries@johnshillito.co.uk 

or phone 01364 653736 or  07977577321