The Jazznights Ensemble launch this year’s Rye international jazz festival at the world famous Mermaid Inn Rye with a special guest appearance by superstar Earl Okin alongside the regulars of innovative bassist David Silk and sultry vocalist Jacci Norris.
An evening of swing, Bossa Nova, easy-listening tunes and a delicious two course meal!
Trumpet-impersonating virtuoso, guitarist, pianist and reluctant sex symbol Earl Okin is probably the best performer of Bossa Nova outside of Brazil.
Earl Okin has given concerts around the world in theatres, clubs and festivals, and regularly performs at Ronnie Scott’s and cabaret and concert venues such as The Pizza Express and the Royal Albert Hall.
Advance booking recommended.
Tickets £35 including a two course meal.
Booking fee applies.
Earl Okin is one of the world’s finest songwriters and musicians. He plays a variety of genres from Pop and Rock to Jazz, from Bossa Nova to Ballads….
Hugely melodic and always based on musically satisfying chord sequences.
His more recent songs are often in the genre of such classic songwriters such as Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Gershwin etc. These are all among Earl’s heroes, though his first influence was the music of Puccini and Verdi, still major loves in Earl’s life.
Earl was first signed to the same company as The Beatles, recording at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in 1967.
“You are quite a genius you are - you have managed to find a niche in Cabaret I have never seen nor heard before - you are simply brilliant. Hard to categorise - musician/comedian or what - I guess you are anything the audience wants to categorise you as long as they book you. One must see you in person to “get you” - even though your musicianship is fantastic!!! Your guitar and especially piano playing is thrilling in all the genres! One thing I gleaned from your performance is that one must “experience you” - live - “where you live - you need an audience! Those little nuances you have in your “kit” needs people to experience them..”
BUDDY BREGMAN (Legendary producer/arranger of the Ella Fitzgerald ‘Songbook’ series, who has worked with just about everybody..from Sammy Davis Jr. to Bing Crosby)
Seasoned pros in the form of David Silk, Jacci Norris, Francis Knight, Phil Brown and other prime acts from Kent, Sussex and South East London.
The Mermaid Inn, with its cellars dating from 1156 is rich in history and offers a totally different experience with its sloping ceilings, creaking floorboards and maze like staircases.
Experience a drink in the Giant’s Fireplace Bar and imagine how the Hawkhurst Gang, local smugglers in the 1730s and 1740s, caroused in the bar. Can you see the secret passageway entrance?
Dine in the Linen Fold Panelled Restaurant. Enjoy the ambience of the large restaurant, the cosiness of the Dr Syn dining room or the privacy of the Boardroom for your evening meal, lunch and breakfast.
Relax in one of the two lounges. Enjoy the comfort and atmosphere of Dr Syn’s Lounge and look for the wall carvings of the Catholic priests fleeing to the continent at the time of the Reformation. The Small Lounge overlooks the cobbles of Mermaid Street, which was once the main route to the anchorage in Rye in years gone by.
We are the only hotel in the Medieval citadel of Rye with on site parking – for 25 cars.
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