With so much music in the air, this year’s jazz festival promises to be a wonderful weekend of great live music that will appeal to so many. Ian Bowden, director of the jazz festival, told me how pleased he was that additional live music events have been confirmed for this year’s exciting and diverse Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival.
In addition to the main festival headline concerts, an array of free and ticketed performances will be taking place at the Brewery Yard Club, the Grapevine Champagne & Jazz Bar and at the Ship Inn, Rye.
The Brewery Yard Club hosts a free opening jazz evening on Thursday, August 25 with the Terry Seabrook Jazz Trio, followed by three exceptional ticketed intimate concerts with the Benoit Viellefon Trio performing his unique blend of jazz, paying tribute to the timeless sounds of The Nat King Cole Trio, Earl Hines, Fats Waller, small swing bands, French chanson, and early Latin American music.
The club also hosts the acclaimed and award-winning jazz singer Liane Carroll Saturday, August 27 and the enigmatic Earl Okin, who performs his one-man show on Sunday, August 28. The Grapevine Champagne and Jazz Bar is also presenting fantastic free music events during the festival from Thursday 25 through to Monday, August 29 with great jazz and blues featuring Moss, Peter O’Donnell, the Robert Reid Duo, TJ Johnson, and the Porch Swing Blues Duo.
The Ship Inn is presenting a special intimate ticketed ‘Jazz, Wine & Dinner’ evening on Thursday, August 25 with the immensely talented Paul Richards Latin guitar Duo, followed by three further free music performances with award-winning blues guitarist Martin McNeill on Friday, August 26. On Sunday, August 28 the respected blues and roots guitarist, singer and songwriter Roger Hubbard performs with his duo, and on Monday, August 29, the stunning guitarist and singer Joe Corbin performs his infectious blend of jazz and blues.
Acts for the free music programme taking place at the festival’s free outdoor music stage located outside the Kino cinema have also been announced, and feature incredible local and regional music talent performing the best in jazz, blues, roots, funk, and Latin music from 1pm to 9pm between Saturday 27 to Monday, August 29.
Street music with Fat Brass, a hip and modern brass street band, has also been confirmed to perform at the Butter Market in Rye and at other locations within the town on Monday, August 29.
To see the full programme and to book tickets go to www.ryejazz.com.
Image Credits: Rye Jazz Festival .