The festival proudly presents a unique and intimate special concert with Curtis Stigers at St Mary’s church Rye on Thursday 12th December as part of the festival’s Christmas concert series. Tickets will be in high demand for what will be a sensational evening concert with one of the most distinctive voices in music.
Singer, songwriter, saxophonist, Curtis Stigers blazes a path as one of his generations finest and most original interpreters of modern songs. Throughout his career he has been celebrated for a surprisingly wide variety of impressive accomplishments from his early pop chart success with global hits including ‘I Wonder Why’ & ‘You’re All That Matter To Me’ to also amassing countless awards including being named as BBC Radio 2 ‘Jazz Artist of the Year’.
Given his string of hit singles, millions of records sold and a 23-year recording career that has touched every continent and nearly every genre, one might expect Curtis Stigers to be either very rich or very tired but this energetic singer/songwriter/saxophonist continues to storm concert halls, festivals and clubs everywhere from Moscow to Manhattan, accompanied one night by his quartet, another by big band or orchestra.
He has released new work nearly every year since he started recording, frequently collaborating with his musical heroes. Along the way, this musician who began his career playing standards in a Boise hotel lobby while moonlighting as drummer in a punk rock band has redefined the constitution of contemporary jazz.
But Stigers seems to be the rare artist who has not allowed his success to influence his artistry, or his sense of self. Born in Hollywood, raised in Boise, and transplanted to Manhattan, he now resides, between gigs, in his hometown back in Idaho, a place where he says he can raise his daughter and “live a real life.” Here, between blue mountains and green fields, Stigers is able to write and discover the songs he wants to sing.
‘A Rockin Jazzman’ New York Times
‘An artist of genuine class and laconic charm’ The Guardian
Doors Open 7.00pm Concert From 8.00pm
Unreserved Seated £48.00
Booking fee applies
Fully licensed bar over 18 only, pre-concert & interval drinks & snacks
Wheelchair access available and please email email@example.com
Pre-concert dinning available at the Devil In Rye www.thedevilinrye.co.uk Please book direct.
Curtis Stigers first appeared on the scene in the early 90s with hit songs ‘I Wonder Why’ and ‘You´re all that Matters to Me’ which have become soul classics over the years.
His rich singing voice has landed him on records with the likes of Al Green and Shawn Colvin, in studios with venerated producers like Danny Kortchmar and Glen Ballard, and onstage with a plethora of legends, including
Eric Clapton, Elton John and Rod Stewart.
The debut album, Curtis Stigers, released in 1991 sold 1.5 million records and his string of hit singles touched every continent. He has released new work nearly every year since he started recording in his 23-year recording
A first class jazz singer with 7 albums out so far and many awards under his belt: In 2003 his album “You Inspire Me” was the London Times´ ‘Jazz Album of the Year’, in 2007 Stigers was named ‘Jazz Artist of the Year’ by BBC Radio 2, and in 2010 Stigers won the German Jazz Echo in the category ‘Best International Male Jazz Singer’.
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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.
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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