To help get the Rye Jazz Festival off to a great start Rye and District Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with Rye Bay
Marketing to deliver three top line concerts over the August bank holiday. All money raised from these particular concerts go back into working for the Rye Bay area.
Kicking off events will be local entertainer Chris Hutchinson. During a career spanning 30 years Chris has built up a well earned reputation on the live music scene in the U.K. and abroad. With his fascinating blend of song and repartee and countless appearances ranging from big bands to duos, Chris sings easy listening, lounge, hard swing and emotionally charged ballads. As well as well-known (and lesser-known) standards Chris has recently added newly-written numbers to his repertoire.
Chris' latest CD is titled “Easy Going Me” and contains the “top ten” from his live gigs, plus three new songs: Easy Going Me, What Goes Around Comes Around, and Along Came You (”the May Day song”). Chris has also revived Madonna Mine, a
song once performed by Al Bowlly, in an exciting new arrangement which features violinist Chris Haigh. Chris was recently featured on a Channel 4 documentary about his father, the legendary cabaret singer “Hutch”. Chris will be performing at Rye Community Centre on Saturday 25th August.
Sunday 26th sees Grammy nominated Stacey Kent perform at Rye College. Stacey Kent sings from the soul. She tells us her
stories with her faultless phrasing and a lucid, enchanting voice. Stacey is currently celebrating the release of her third album on Blue Note/EMI, Dreamer In Concert. Her new live album follows the platinum selling, Grammy nominated
Breakfast On The Morning Tram (2007) and Raconte-Moi (2009).
Stacey's band features Jim Tomlinson (saxophone). Together, their album, The Lyric, was awarded Best Album at the 2006
BBC Jazz Awards and Best Vocal Album in the 2007 Ronnie Scott's Awards. Jim's songwriting partnership with famed
novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro, has formed a central plank in Stacey's recent albums, which, alongside the Great American
Songbook, gives Stacey's repertoire a uniquely broad and fresh sound. Also with Stacey are Graham Harvey (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums).
For Stacey, whose international touring schedule keeps her on the road for most of the year, her rare appearance in Rye
on August 26th is a concert which is not to be missed.
Rounding off the weekend nicely is a concert on Monday 27th at Rye College by Double MOBO Award Winning Saxophonist
YolanDa Brown who is widely regarded as the emerging “voice” of mainstream Jazz in the UK. She is one of the most
exciting, in-demand live performers. Yamaha artist YolanDa Brown’s Debut Album, “April Showers May Flowers” peaked at No1 on the iTunes and Amazon Jazz Charts. She has toured with The Temptations, Errol Brown, Courtney Pine and Diana Krall and collaborated with artists such as Mica Paris, Soweto Kinch and as part of Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Her music is a wonderful mix of genres, touching on Jazz, Soul and Reggae.
Brown was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of East London and also invited to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace. YolanDa Brown has played to the President of Russia and she
is a Celebrity Ambassador for HRH The Prince of Wales and His Prince’s Trust.
Supporting YolanDa will be Shansel Huseyin who recently featured on BBC’s The Voice. Shansel delivers songs in a vocal style that could be described as operatic soul. She has an eclectic repertoire ranging from covers of Amy Winehouse through to Katherine Jenkins.
Tickets are available online at www.ryejazzfestival.com where you can also see listed a number of businesses in Rye
that are selling tickets across their counters.
Published 26th July 2012
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