Jazzing up the Mermaid

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Phil Brown

From its ancient origins in 1156 the Mermaid Inn has been the haunt of smugglers, Royals, pirates – and even the odd ghost. But times have changed – lately it is gangs of musical virtuosi.

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David Silk and Jacci Norris
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Roger Lewin

Armed with flutes, saxophones and contra-cellos they have been embarking upon a monthly pilgrimage through Kent to arrive at The Tudor Room and entertain the jazz-loving cognoscenti of Rye.

This month’s concert on Thursday March 31 will star the celebrated saxophonist and flautist, Phil Brown, who has delighted the discerning clientèle at Ronnie Scott’s, The Bull’s Head and numerous other prestigious venues.

Contra-cello playing David Silk will host the proceedings, ably assisted by Roger Lewin on piano and vocalist Jacci Norris.

Roger is one of the South East’s most sought-after pianists and plays regularly in many of London’s top hotels including The Savoy and Claridges, and has accompanied many famous singers such as Tina May and Trudy Kerr.

Tickets cost £25 including supper, or £10 for non-diners, and are available direct from the Mermaid on 01797 223065.

Photos courtesy of Ben Burr and David Silk

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