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Sunday 25th August 2019: From 2pm

​We are excited to bring award winning London based Tuba Player and composer Theon Cross to the Rye Jazz & Blues Festival on Sunday afternoon from 2pm.

Theon is one of the key components of London’s thriving young jazz scene and he has made a name for himself for providing his own unique brand of swaggering Tuba Bass in jazz and various other styles of music.

Theon will be performing with his band on the Kino Outdoor stage from 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

“Incredible!” Gilles Peterson

“Theon Cross crucially embraces the bass and rhythm role with exuberant inventiveness” The Guardian

The festival gratefully acknowledges the very kind support of private individuals, patrons and companies which have supported these free events in 2019 including the Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, Chalk Cliff Trust, Rother District Council, UBI International, Pets Pyjamas, Benenden Hospital Trust, Harvey’s Of Lewis, Beside The Sea Holiday Cottages, Space Co Working, The Gallivant, Country Property Group, Rush Witt & Wilson Estate Agents, Heringtons Solicitors, PizzaExpress Live, Wilson Wilson & Hancock, Booker & Best Ltd, Eye Dream, Bramley & Teal Holiday Cottages, Reeds Rains Estate Agents, JD Architects, Stamco Building Supplies, Hastings International Piano Festival and MRA Associates.

Artist: Theon Cross

Listen to Theon Cross

Theon Cross is a London based Tuba player and composer and is one of the most unique instrumentalists of the city’s jazz scene. He has made a name for himself for providing his own brand of swaggering tuba bass in jazz and various other styles of music most significantly in the award winning four-piece Sons of Kemet. He has also worked with a range of other well known musicians including Moses Boyd, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Pharoahe Monch and Kano.

In addition to his work in these projects he skilfully leads his own powerful and eclectic group exploring the diverse range of musical sounds of London through his compositions. His debut release ‘Aspirations EP’ was one of the most impactful of 2015 putting him up for two nominations for Best Instrumentalist of the year (Jazz FM Awards 2016) and Best Jazz Newcomer (Parliamentary Awards 2016).

“Incredible!” Gilles Peterson

“Theon Cross crucially embraces the bass and rhythm role with exuberant inventiveness” The Guardian

“The Londoner has brought a unique and funky style to the tuba” Machozapp.com

“Theon Cross plays the tuba as if it’s a Roland 303, generating deep, Flubber-like bass lines as well as wild squalls, percussive pops and dub step bwaps” The Quietus

Venue: Kino Outdoor Music Stage

Kino Outdoor Music Stage

This year the festival is pleased to continue alfresco jazz at the wonderful Kino cinema Terrace in the heart of Rye.

Situated in the middle of town, next to the Butter Market and St Mary’s Church, this beautiful building has been recently refurbished and transformed into one of the best boutique cinemas East Sussex has to offer, and is equipped with state-of-the-art digital high definition projection and sound equipment to ensure the highest quality viewing experience.

Kino Rye’s intimate and stylish café-bar and sunny outside courtyard is popular with film-goers and also with customers who just want to enjoy the excellent coffee, cake and other delicious offerings, many of which are supplied by local producers.

With a fantastic food menu and fully licenced bar, come relax on the Kino Terrace and enjoy some wonderful sounds.

Address & contact
Kino Rye
Lion Street (opposite the Town Hall and near St Mary’s Church)
Rye
East Sussex
TN31 7LB
Telephone: 01797 226293

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