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Total price: £35.00

Monday 26th August 2019: 3pm - Doors open at 2pm

The festival is delighted to present one of the hottest emerging jazz bands in the UK, the Kansas Smitty’s House Band at St Mary’s Church, Rye on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August for a special and exhilarating afternoon concert.

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.

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 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 Band appearing at the likes of Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Friday Night is Music Night, Boileroom 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.

As Cerys Matthews said, ‘they dance to the beat of their own drum. Totally unpredictable’.

What you can be sure of seeing the Kansas Smitty’s House Band is the electric atmosphere they bring to every stage.

Join us at the festival this August and be part of their new wave of jazz.

Unreserved Seated: £35.00
Plus booking fee

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

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: 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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