Rye Jazz Festival May Concert Series in Rye

Rye international jazz and blues festival announce three exceptional world class concerts taking place at the unique setting of St Mary’s church Rye this early May bank holiday.

On Friday 3rd May the ‘Godfather’ of bossa nova and Brazilian music Sergio Mendes make a very special appearance at St Mary’s Church in Rye.

Sergio Mendes came to stardom with his iconic band Brazil ’66 and has a sound that combines Brazilian rhythms with jazz, pop, soul and funk. His music is instantly recognisable, including his 1966 hit Mas Que Nada, which topped the charts again forty years later in collaboration with the Black Eyed Peas.

On Saturday 4th May the highly acclaimed American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux will be performing songs from her latest album, Anthem and her impressive back catalogue.

Eight albums and 22 years since her debut ‘Dreamland’, Madeleine continues to challenge the confines of jazz, venturing into the fertile fields of contemporary music with unfading curiosity. “The album Anthem is a finely polished production, each performance in crisp servitude to the song. Occasional sonic curve balls, such as sound effects, add a playfulness that keeps listeners on their toes” Downbeat.

On Sunday 5th May the legendary Multiple Grammy-winning American songwriter Jimmy Webb performs a truly unique concert ‘An Evening with Jimmy Webb’ with special guest’s award - winning jazz singers and songwriters Ian Shaw and Liane Carroll. Jimmy Webb is the genius behind so many hit records such as Wichita Lineman, By The Time I get to Phoenix and Rhinestone Cowboy all of which were recorded by the legendary American Country singer Glen Campbell.

Webb will deliver a humorous tour into the days and nights of a songwriting prodigy, a lesson in pop culture, an insider perspective on the Nixon Sixties, the Rat Pack heyday, the London Mods, Laurel Canyon and more, told by a charming yarn spinner who hasn’t lost sight of his roots despite decades of international fame.

The annual Rye jazz & blues festival now in its eight takes place in Rye from Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th August and encompasses the August bank holiday weekend. Now firmly established as one of the best boutique festivals of its kind in the UK the dynamic festival programme includes headline concerts, free outdoor music performances, music workshops, marching bands and music taking place at many fringe venue throughout the town.

Headline artists already announced for the August festival include the UK Queen of Soul Beverley knight, legendary Folk Rock guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson, one of the UK’s hottest jazz bands the Kansas Smitty’s House Band and contemporary American blues icon Lucky Peterson.

For more information and to book tickets online go to www.ryejazz.com

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Posted on 11/02/2019 by Ian Bowden

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