After all the Christmas hype, festivities, celebrations, stress and overindulging, January seems dull in comparison, but it doesn’t have to be. And no doubt we will all be brainwashed from every angle about all the post Christmas ‘amazing sales’ we cannot afford to miss.
We could grab ourselves a new TV which, laid down, could be big enough to shelter a small army beneath. Or we could book the holiday of a lifetime at ‘never to be repeated prices’ (until next time, only probably cheaper then), or join a gym and see how long the steadfast determination to lose a few pounds lasts, or we could take time out to meander down to Hastings seafront to hear something special.
On Thursday 23 January 2020, at St Mary in the Castle, none other than Judy Collins is performing, courtesy of Rye Jazz & Blues Festival. A new venue for them, but what a magnificent auditorium with great acoustics, ideal for an intimate concert with the award winning American singer songwriter.
Judy is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. You can see her recorded live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here.
Saturday 25 January 2020 is definitely another date for your diaries too if you are looking for a post Christmas pick-me-up as the acclaimed James Taylor Quartet aka JTQ are performing, supported by the Fabulous Red Diesel.
What a combination, Hammond organ and funky acid jazz mixed with soul with hooks, grooves and a highly original band of unconventional artists. This will definitely be a night to remember and, for those who were lucky enough to witness both bands earlier this year at the Rye Jazz & Blues Festival, they will know what a fabulous performance each band gave to thrilled audiences.
Image Credits: Rye Jazz Festival , Tony Ham .