Jazz and Champagne at Rye Lodge!
On 24th August, from 1pm–3pm, Kerry de Courcy will present, on behalf of the International Confrerie du Sabre d’Or a wonderful champagne reception with fine canapés and live music from The Dave Barrett Trio on the terrace at Rye Lodge Hotel. The afternoon will include a spectacular 'Sabrage' of a bottle of champagne - a centuries old traditional ceremony in which a bottle is opened with a sword!
However this delightful afternoon is just a part of the acclaimed Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival. In it's third year and gaining a fantastic reputation, the 2014 Festival takes place from Thursday 21st – Monday 25th August encompassing the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Boutique and compact by design, Rye International Jazz & Blues festival offers both variety and intimacy with live performances taking place at an array of venues in this historic town. Music genres include Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Swing, Latin, Fusion and World Music.
A special discount for Rye Lodge Guests
The organisers of The Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival have reserved a special discount of 15% off any of the ticketed headline festival concerts - just ask for the code at reception or if booking in advance (recommended) email firstname.lastname@example.org so the code can be sent to you to use when you book your festival tickets online at rye.jazz.com
More about the Festival
The 2014 festival programme includes headline concerts presenting the cream of British Jazz talent. There are also many free music events that take place throughout the festival period. These events feature London and regional talent that creates a wonderful vibrant atmosphere throughout Rye.
Headline acts feature Jason Rebello, one of the most respected pianists and composers of our generation who has worked extensively with Sting, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and many other big names in the music industry.
Other concerts include, Claire Martin OBE, the first lady of British Jazz; performing with Jazz singer, composer and pianist Joe Stilgoe who is hot footing it to Rye straight from a four week run at the Edinburgh fringe.
Julia Biel, opens the festival on Friday 22nd August at The George Jazz Club. Julia is making a massive impression on the UK and International music scene and is a truly rising talent. We are thrilled to have her perform at the festival. A ‘world-class’ and ‘breath-taking’ duo, Italian Jazz guitarist Antonio Forcione & Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale also perform on Friday 22nd August at St Mary’s Church, Rye.
A huge festival highlight is certainly going to be the new Jazz Lounge and many of the programmed professional ticketed concerts will take place here as well as Late Night Jazz Sessions taking you through to the wee small hours of the morning.
Sunday 24th August, in true Rye Jazz & Blues Festival tradition, the wonderful Bass player Herbie Flowers returns with his Jazz All Stars entertaining guests at a special Jazz breakfast or afternoon tea at The Jazz Club at The George.
Adding to the growing list of superb acts is award winning British saxophonist Simon Spillett and his quartet, which includes acclaimed Bassist Alec Dankworth and Legendary Jazz pianist John Critchison.
Jazz diva Kitty LaRoar purrs into Rye performing her distinctive and mesmerising style of Jazz with the outrageously brilliant Lucky Victims. Sex symbol and Jazz virtuoso Earl Okin makes a return appearance with his unique one man cabaret jazz and comedy show; utterly entertaining and a must to see. These two artists will more than set the festival alight!
The festival features a taste of South America with performances from Latin Jazz trio Quinto and Brazilian singer songwriter Monica Vasconcelos and her band Vintage Brazil.
Alongside the professional concerts the festival programme includes may free events; the Butter Market Semi-Acoustic performances, the George Courtyard session, street entertainment and a cutting edge modern twist on a New Orleans Marching Band called 2nd Line Fat Tuesday… all meaning fun, music filled, atmospheric August Bank Holiday weekend.
The festival’s free programme also presents three days of outstanding Blues, Jazz and Soul at the Ypres outdoor performance stage on Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th August.
A host of other live performances take place at hotels, pubs and restaurants adding to the vibrant festival buzz.
Please go to the festival website for more information and to book tickets on line: www.ryejazz.com
The festival is all about organic growth building on the success of each year. The festival ethos is to ensure that the festival is all inclusive and creates the opportunity for new emerging talent to perform to a wider audience whilst at the same time, attracting world class artists to perform within the festival programme... a treat not to be missed!