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Courtney Pine Brings His Visionary Music to Festival

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ONE of the headliners at Scarborough Jazz Festival is the world-famous saxophonist Courtney Pine, a leading figure on the UK jazz scene for more than 20 years. He spoke to the festival's programme organiser Mike Gordon.

MG: It’s going to be great having you at our festival Courtney. Everybody is commenting on the cover of our programme – there you are on the beach ready to play. What do you think of it?

CP: Sax on the beach – very saxual. I’m up for it!

MG: How did you get involved in music and in particular jazz?

CP: I started by playing in reggae bands but I was always listening to jazz on the tour bus so I eventually decided to do it for real.

MG: You have had an exciting and star-studded career and your achievements have been recognised by many prestigious awards, including the 2007 best jazz act at the Urban Music awards. Do any particular musical experiences stand out?

CP: Many but to single out one would be very difficult. Meeting the Queen and receiving an OBE for services to British music was quite special. Not many British jazz saxophonists get a chance to do that.

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