Local bands in Jazz Festival

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On Saturday  August 25, Rye Bay Crew will have their first of two appearances at the Rye International Jazz festival, performing at the Buttermarket, Rye Town Hall from 1pm to 3pm. They are showcasing a line up of upbeat swing favourites by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Rogers & Hart and many more with three sets, the Twenties & Thirties, a Tribute to Glenn Miller with 1940s music, and a 1950s Rat Pack finale.

On Friday August 31 things slow down, with a Late Lounge from 10pm until 11:30pm at the Queen’s Head, Landgate, where landlord Jonathan Breeds (who majored in voice in his performing arts degree) sings alongside Rebekah Gilbert (alumni of the Royal Academy of Music) and Andi Rivett to perform all the slow, schmaltzy numbers popularised by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. They are accompanied by another homegrown professional musician, Graham Slack, who was at Thomas Peacocke with Jonathan and Rebekah in the 1980s, who studied piano at Trinity College of Music and composition at the National Film & TV School

Phil Law, Rye-based keyboard player extraordinaire, is gigging with Brighton-based duo, Harry Hornsey on guitar and vocals and harmonica player Alfie Bernardi at the Queen’s Head on  August 24 from 8pm to 10pm. Expect to hear and enjoy the very best blend of country, blues, Americana and jazz.

The Bling Crosbies bring their delightful sequinned musical entertainment to the Grapevine on August 25 from 4:30pm  until 7pm. Alain and Ellie cast off their sequins at The Grapevine to perform laid-back jazz and swing. Expect Sinatra and Nat King Cole, Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse plus a few surprises.

Photo: Rye Bay Crew

Image Credits: Rye Bay Crew .

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