Roy brings legendary jazz giants to town

Roy Hilton
Roy Hilton

YOU’LL be able to experience all the excitement of New York’s legendary “Birdland” jazz club – without going any further than the centre of Eastbourne – on Friday, September 14 (8pm).

That’s because the Roy Hilton Quintet bring their new show A Night in Birdland to the Under Ground Theatre. The original Birdland was named after saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, who regularly topped the bill, as did many of the jazz giants of the 1950s and early ’60s.

Many live recordings were made at Birdland; and George Shearing dedicated a song to it. Now pianist Roy Hilton has recaptured those heady days of jazz with his arrangements of tunes by Art Blakey, Clifford Brown, Dizzie Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Lester Young and others.

Alongside Roy Hilton on the UGT stage will be Gary Kavanagh (trumpet), Alex Garnett (saxophones), Bobby Worth (drums) and Dan Sheppard (bass).

Tickets, £11, from any UGT event, at the door; online at ; on 0845 680 1926; or from the tourist information Centre.