Malt and music in perfect harmony

Following its widely welcomed support in 2010, Diageo has announced that its Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Lagavulin™ will again sponsor this year’s Islay Jazz Festival.

One weekend each September, The Islay Jazz Festival attracts hundreds of jazz lovers to the world-famous whisky island on Scotland’s west coast.

The dates of the 2011 Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival are 16 – 18 September.

2010 Highlights film just released

Promoters Jazz Scotland have just released a film of the 2010 Festival highlights, viewing on the Islay Jazz Festival website , where details of this year’s programme will be posted once available.

The Festival is promoted by Jazz Scotland and The Islay Arts Association, and also supported by Argyll and Bute Council, Creative Scotland, and Scotland’s Islands.

The events of the Festival are spread over three days and many venues on Islay. In 2010 the Festival programme featured the lyrical pianism of Zoe Rahman; the feel-good saxophone of Jesse Davis; the Blue Note inspired Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; award-winning Scottish guitarist Graham Stephen; the commanding tenor of John Burgess; and a new take on 1920s and 30’s jazz from Nova Scotia Jazz Band. Concerts were presented across the island, in a mix of unique settings: village halls, distilleries, bird sanctuaries, and small bars and inns. Three of the events were staged at Lagavulin Distillery.

Commenting on behalf of Lagavulin and Diageo’s Classic Malts Selection, Nick Morgan (Diageo’s Scotch Knowledge and Heritage Manager) said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able once again to sponsor this world-class festival, which brings so many discerning jazz lovers to venues throughout Islay, one of the world’s most seductive islands. We were pleased with the public and local reaction to our sponsorship last year. And even more thrilled by the outstanding performances and talent that the artists brought to the Festival. It confirmed our view that live jazz and fine Malt Whisky are the best of partners.”

Fiona Alexander of promoters Jazz Scotland in Edinburgh welcomed the confirmation of a second year’s sponsorship by Lagavulin. ” With its distinctive and rich programme and undeniable sense of place, the Festival shares the values of its sponsor: Lagavulin. Both are fine Islay products with world-class appeal”.

Lagavulin Saxophone

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