Jazz masters at Pevensey church

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra ‘Hot Five’ will play 1920/30’s jazz in St Nicolas Church, Pevensey, on Bank Holiday Saturday, May 28, at 7pm.

The group includes founder John Arthy, a bass player, Keith Nichols on keyboard, Ron Drake playing saxophone, Martin Wheatley on guitar and Andy Woon, trumpet. All have played and recorded with famous bands and for a long list of legendary jazz and swing singers.

Keith for instance specialises in all older jazz piano styles, including Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington, while Ron has played with Keith Smith and Hefty Jazz, appearing in major concerts with George Chisholm, Georgie Fame and Elaine Delmar. Martin has played with big names ranging from Bryan Ferry, John Wilson Orchestra, Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as well as his own Wheatley’s Arcadians and is a regular member of The Basin Street Brawlers. Andy has worked for the Bernard Delfont Organisation for many summer seasons accompanying Danny La Rue, Jimmy Tarbuck, Little and Large and Ken Goodwin to name but a few. He played with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and the Southern Dance Orchestra.

George Stephens from the church organised this event and said: “It will be the first ‘Jazz Night’ to be held in the 800 year-old church, which has seen many extraordinary things happen in its history, but never full-on jazz! We are in for a feast of fun and enjoyment. Our acoustics will ensure everybody hears everything loud and clear!”

Tickets (£12.50) should be reserved in advance. Either email your request to g.stephens45@btinternet.com, or call 01424 216651, Tickets will be available for collection on the day, or book on line http://www.wegottickets.com/event/348443. Pevensey’s Priory Court Hotel is offering a special early evening supper with either two (£15) or three (£18) course suppers. Details and booking can be made directly (tel 01323 763150) Concert in association with Gaby Hardwicke (solicitors), BPE Business consultants, The Priory Court Hotel, Visick Cars, Carr Taylor Wines, Starshine Music, ‘1066 Country’, Pevensey Town Trust and Wealden District Council.