Free event

For updates about this event and the festival as it comes in, sign up below.

Monday 26th August 2019: 11:45 am for a midday start

The festival is delighted to present three Educational Workshops at the Rye Community Centre during the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The final in the series is being run by the Kansas Smitty’s House Band before their concert at 4pm on the Kino Outdoor Stage.

The workshop will be in two parts. The first half will cover the music and styles that inspired them to start out; Kansas City, Basie, Chicago, Louis and how it’s shaped their further exploration of jazz. The second half will be about personal time keeping and rhythm section playing with an emphasis on the grooves the band play that are different from the standard swing skipbeat and their improvisation styles. There will be time for some questions at the end.

The workshop is intended both musicians and fans of jazz and please come ready to actively participate.

Places are limited so please register your interest by emailing and we will confirm your place. Please come along at 11:45 am to register for a midday start. There will be some refreshments available.

Artist: Kansas Smitty’s House Band

Listen to Kansas Smitty’s House Band

From the moment they played their first note five years ago, the Kansas Smitty’s House Band has set out to reinvent how audiences experience jazz. This tight-knit outfit make jazz inclusive with an emphasis on camaraderie, spontaneity, and joy.

The eight-piece group were brought together from diverse backgrounds by American woodwind player, Giacomo Smith. Grounded in a shared love for the whole jazz tradition, the group is perpetually inventing new music with the aim that no two shows ever be the same, premiering new music at each show.

The concept of a jazz band that owns its own bar is unprecedented and their now cult East London home, Kansas Smitty’s, turned three in May. The house band was recently nominated for best UK Jazz Act by Jazz FM, with members of the band appearing at the likes of Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Friday Night is Music Night, the Boiler Room and The Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Centre at the request of Wynton Marsalis.

Kansas Smitty’s cares as much about fostering the creation of new original music as it does about leaving audiences energised.

Venue: Rye Community Centre

Rye Community Centre

Rye Jazz & Blues festival turned the Rye Community Centre into the Spectrum Jazz Lounge back in 2015 and we are delighted to be presenting our educational workshops back at the Rye Community Centre in 2019!

The Rye Community Centre makes an ideal venue for weddings, clubs, activities, meeting or exhibitions. They have rooms available for hire which offer an attractive and competitive alternative to other venues in Rye. Rye Community Centre, which was once a chapel, is a period building with excellent facilities, including parking for up to 10 cars, and is also close to other car parks. The venue is within a few minutes walk of Rye Town Centre.

For current activities and forthcoming attractions, see What’s On. To find out more about booking the Community Centre as a venue for your wedding reception, meetings, exhibitions or events, see Venue Hire.

Rye Community Centre
Conduit Hill
Rye, East Sussex
TN31 7LE

There are toilets and

Main Menu

Stay in touch

Your information will be used by Rye International Jazz Festival to send you our newsletter.

View our full Privacy Policy.