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Sunday 5th May 2019: 7:30 PM - Doors open at 6:30 PM

Rye international jazz & blues festival is delighted to present a truly unique concert ‘An Evening with Jimmy Webb,’ the legendary American songwriter travels from New York to perform at the stunning setting of St Mary’s church, Rye on Sunday 5th May. Performing on the evening with Jimmy will be two very special guests, multi award-winning jazz singer-songwriters Ian Shaw and Liane Carroll.

Multiple Grammy-winning songwriter Jimmy Webb has topped the charts repeatedly from pop to country to disco—and even rap, with interpretations by some of the industry’s greatest, from Glen Campbell to Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Sinatra and so many others. Whatever one’s preferred genre of music, chances are there’s a Jimmy Webb song on your personal playlist – “MacArthur Park,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Up, Up and Away” – touchstones for a generation that continue to be covered by new artists (Many in Britain will remember “Up, Up and Away” as the theme song for Nimble Bread!).

“An Evening with Jimmy Webb” shares some of the stories from his recent literary memoir, The Cake and the Rain, and gives fans of his music a unique connection to their favourite
songs, revealing the stories behind his hits and a career trajectory that in just a few years took a teen preacher’s son from a farm town in Oklahoma to the top of his longed-for profession, with pitfalls and blessings in equal measure between.

In concert, the man who gave the world what has been called “the first existential country song” (“The Highwayman”) and confounded generations of radio listeners with the brilliance of a lyric, about a cake left out in the rain, enhances his virtuoso performance of iconic tunes with riveting tales of the inspiration behind some of pop musics biggest songs and singers. 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.

More than a concert, ‘An Evening with Jimmy Webb’ is a master class you can sing along with. As Webb performs five decades of music on this tour, the songs prove evergreen, resonating with his longtime fans as well as new devotees introduced to the music through covers by modern chart toppers including Kanye West, Rhianna and Rumer who stormed the UK in 2012 with her take on “P.F. Sloan” or any number of reinterpretations of “Wichita Lineman” by R.E.M., Urge Overkill, Keith Urban, Homer Simpson, and more.

We are delighted to have Jimmy perform as part of the Rye Jazz & Blues Spring Series and are looking forward to welcoming him and his special guests to Rye.

Unreserved Seated Ticket Price: £50
Booking fee applies

Doors open at 6.30pm Concert starts at 7.30pm

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Artist: Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb’s numerous accolades include the prestigious Ivor Novella International Award (2012) and the Academy of Country Music’s Poet Award (2016). Webb was named in the top 50 of Rolling Stone’s 2015 “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.” He received his first gold record at the age of 18 and was the youngest inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which he later chaired.

He is the only artist to ever receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. Webb’s first book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting, is considered a “bible” among professional musicians and college students. He has time and again paved the way for songwriters in the ever-changing media landscape, pioneering commercial use of pop songs (“Up, Up and Away” as the centre piece of the 1970 Trans World Airlines campaign) and spearheading the ongoing effort to preserve the rights of songwriters and their intellectual property rights in the world of free downloads with his ongoing work for nearly 20 years on the board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Webb has released ten solo albums since the 1970s, while continuing to write for other artists. His CD Just Across the River features duets on some of his biggest songs with friends Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, JD Souther, Glen Campbell, Lucinda Williams, Michael McDonald and Mark Knopfler.

A follow up, Still Within the Sound of My Voice, features Brian Wilson, Art Garfunkel, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Lyle Lovett, Carly Simon, Keith Urban, and more.

Artist: Liane Carroll

Listen to Liane Carroll

Liane Carroll has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years and has amassed a multitude of awards over the years. Born in London and raised in Hastings; from the beginning of her musical career at the age of fifteen, she has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song.

Along the way she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she headlined in 2016 at Finsbury Parks Hospital in the Park festival. She appeared with them again at Glastonbury Festival 2017.

Liane is a great supporter of young and emerging artists and is much in demand by youth orchestras, ensembles and colleges for her inspirational approach to teaching. She runs regular workshops for aspiring vocalists at all levels of experience and teaches at the revered Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

“Liane Carroll doesn’t just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.” Mojo

”...casually expressive, unblinkingly honest, and often charmingly autobiographical album by the superb British standards-and-ballads singer Liane Carroll…” The Guardian

“Liane Carroll has that rare ability to meld effortless, often transcendent vocal and piano technique, with heart stopping emotion and soul bearing power. It should be no surprise then that her latest album, Seaside, combines all this with a savvy sophistication befitting of one of Britain’s finest jazz singers.” Jazzwise

“Another great British musician; I’m a big fan of hers” Jamie Cullum

Artist: Ian Shaw

Listen to Ian Shaw

Multi-award winner as best jazz vocalist - BBC Jazz Awards 2007 and 2004 and Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018, alongside nominations from the Jazz FM Awards 2013 and Downbeat Magazine 2017. Ian Shaw has amassed a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.


Shaw’s career in performance began unusually for a jazz musician on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit, alongside such performers as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. Shaw was spotted by Dave Illic, jazz critic for City Limits and was described as “the voice of the decade”.

Ian’s current album for the Jazz Village label, was recorded in 2017, again in the with-trio format, and was given its international release in all format including vinyl and digital in September 2018.

The incomparable Ian Shaw… absolutely fantastic” Jamie Cullum

“One of the UK’s most honest and musical jazz vocalists” The Guardian

“A masterly vocalist… one of the finest singers in contemporary music interprets some of the greatest songs of the last 50 years” All About Jazz

Venue: St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church

Make a weekend of it!
Click here for camping and hotel options and more information about Rye & surrounding areas.

St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our Rye headline concerts throughout the year and we are proud to have hosted artists including Jose Feliciano, Courtney Pine, Kandace Springs, Eric Bibb, Nigel Kennedy, KT Tunstall, Mica Paris, Kyle Eastwood and Joan Armatrading. We’re sure you’ll love the venue as much as our artist’s have loved performing here!

Situated in the heart of the citadel, St Mary’s has stood for the best part of 1000 years and is home to the oldest still-functioning pendulum clock in the country . It has some fine stained glass, including a window designed by the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones in the north aisle and offers breathtaking views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower.

St Mary’s Church, Church Square
Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HF

Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes. The church has no dedicated toilet facilities and we thank our friends at Kino Cinema (one minute walk) for allowing our concert attendees to use their facilities.

  • Fully licensed bar for pre-concert & interval drinks & snacks
  • Unreserved theatre style seating
  • Wheelchair access (please email [email protected] to book special access once you have booked your tickets)

We would like to thank the staff & volunteers at St Mary’s Church for their support and assistance at the concerts.

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