Jazz festival building fantastic reputation

Joe Stilgoe and Claire Martin SUS-140728-141750001
Joe Stilgoe and Claire Martin SUS-140728-141750001

The eagerly-anticipated 3rd Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival takes place from Thursday, August 21, to Monday, August 25, encompassing the Bank Holiday weekend.

The festival is gaining a fantastic reputation - boutique and compact by design, offering both variety and intimacy with live performances at an array of venues in the historic town.

Music genres include Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Swing, Latin, Fusion and World Music.

Launched in 2012, the festival presented a number of superb live concerts that featured rising jazz pianist Anthony Strong, Bassist Herbie Flowers, Earl Okin and the Legendary Cream Drummer Ginger Baker and his band Jazz Confusion.

2013 saw an increased number of outstanding events that included acclaimed Bassist Kyle Eastwood (son of Clint) and his band headline the festival. Other star names included the UK’s number 1 male jazz singer Ian Shaw, singer Sarah Jane Morris, rising jazz talent Theo Jackson, jazz Diva Melissa James and many others.

The festival is all about organic growth building on the success of each year with a clear vision to be recognised and established on the International Word Stage.

The festival ethos is to ensure it is all inclusive and creates the opportunity for new emerging talent to perform to a wider audience while at the same time, attracting world class artists.

Headline acts this year include Jason Rebello, one of the most respected pianists and composers of our generation; Claire Martin OBE, the first lady of British Jazz, performing with jazz singer, composer and pianist Joe Stilgoe; rising talent Julia Biel; ‘breath-taking’ duo Italian jazz guitarist Antonio Forcione & Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale.

A huge festival highlight will be the new Jazz Lounge where many of the programmed professional ticketed concerts will take place here as well as Late Night Jazz Sessions taking you through to the wee small hours of the morning.

Wonderful bass player Herbie Flowers returns with his Jazz All Stars entertaining guests at a special Jazz breakfast and afternoon tea while jazz diva Kitty LaRoar purrs into Rye performing her distinctive and mesmerising style of jazz.

A host of other live performances take place at hotels, pubs and restaurants adding to the vibrant festival buzz.

For more information about these and many other events visit the festival website, where you can also purchase tickets. Check out: www.ryejazz.com