Jazz Festival packed with top-quality acts

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The Rye International Jazz Festival 2013, which runs from Thursday, August 22-Monday, August 26 is packed with top-class acts.

Most are already well supported but tickets for certain events will be available at the venues on the day.

However organisers encourage fans to book online at www.ryejazz.com or call the box office, 01892 661906.

The acclaimed virtuoso bassist and composer Kyle Eastwood (pictured) and his amazing band take centre stage as the headline act on Saturday, August 24, at the Rye College Theatre.

Kyle is travelling from Paris to perform and has received outstanding acclaim after the release of his latest album ‘The View from Here’. Tickets (£24) are selling fast.

The same evening, at The George Inn, the superbly talented and delightful Melissa James and her trio perform Soul and Blues (tickets £14).

Two of the finest jazz and contemporary vocal talents in the country, Ian Shaw and Sarah Jane Morris, join forces at St Mary’s Church on Sunday, August 25 (£15) while the same day sees Herbie Flowers with his Jazz Breakfast at The George (this one has been sold out).

The enigmatic, Samba maestro and sex symbol Earl Okin will wow the crowds on Sunday, August 25 at 7.30pm at The George while on Monday master of cabaret Paul Gunn and Worsted present a unique jazz experience - again at The George (both events £10).

African world music from Kasai Masai rounds off the festival in St Mary’s Church on Monday, August 26 (4pm) (£12, £9 concessions, £4 children).

There is also an outdoor musical stage at The Ypres Castle Inn during the Festival, as well as street performances at both the Butter Market, George and other venues around the town. Full details at www.ryejazz.com