It dont mean a thing if it aint got that swing

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Get away on Saga’s jazz-themed holidays with choice of regional departures plus a Douro Valley river cruise option

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

Jazz and Swing in Andalusia Punta Umbria

Enjoy upbeat evenings with music from the vibrant five-piece JB Jazz and Blues Band, led by John Beckingham on piano. The band’s repertoire features the music of Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael. The holiday also includes two jazz talks and two tours, to Huelva and Almonte, to make the most of the stay in Andalusia.

Seven nights’ all-inclusive from £819, departing Birmingham, Manchester and Gatwick airports on February 25, 2016

New Orleans Jazz in Croatia

Laurie Chesco’s Re-Union Band will play five live sessions on this special interest holiday which includes two informative talks by trumpeter and host John Shillito. Laurie’s band was formed in 1990 by drawing together like-minded musicians of star quality. The line-up for this holiday on the beautiful south Croatian coast of Makarska also includes Allen Bradley (trumpet), Jim Douglas (banjo and guitar), Pete Skivington (bass), Dave Hewitt (trombone, cornet, baritone horn), Colin Bray (piano), John Lee (clarinet and sax) and Laurie Chescoe (drums and band leader)

Seven nights’ full board including wine with dinner from £779 departing from Gatwick on May 4, 2016

Channel Islands Jazz

Join expert host Margaret Saddington for an exciting stay in St Helier, Jersey, which will feature a jazz performance every night, plus two jazz talks and two excursions to explore the pretty island.

Four nights’ half-board from £581 departing Exeter, Southampton, Manchester, Birmingham and Gatwick airports on October 19, 2015

Douro Valley Jazz cruise

Join the river cruiser Douro Princess to discover the delights of Portugal and Spain. Margaret Saddington will host the cruise which includes two talks while the Matt Palmer Jazz Band will be entertaining guests. The band combines youth and experience; Matt (clarinet, vocals & sax) has worked across the UK and abroad but he is still considered one of the younger musicians playing traditional jazz in Britain. He will be joined by jazz legend Brian Mellor (banjo, guitar and vocals), Pete Brown (trumpet and valve trombone and vocals) and Brian Lawrence (bass and sousaphone).

Seven nights’ all-inclusive from £1,499 departing London Gatwick on October 20, 2016


For details call free on 0800 092 9083 or visit

Price includes UK travel service, return flights, airport taxes, accommodation, meals as stated, porterage, tour manager, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights or a discount if passenger has own insurance.

Editors: Saga Holidays is the winner of seven British Travel Awards 2014 including Best for Special Interests.

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