Battle Festival organizes a spectacular jazz weekend

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Spokesperson Julian Norridge said: “On Saturday July 23, three very different bands are set to appear in some of Battle’s most popular pubs – and entry to all of them is free.

“Bands will play between 8:30 and 11:00 p.m. Stick with your favorite or stroll between venues. It really is a walking event.

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“Vibraphonist and composer Roger Beaujolais will perform at the Smoking Bull. At the Abbey Hotel, Mark Cherrie, a rare steel pan jazz player, will perform with his quartet. And singer Liz Fletcher, heavily influenced by the phrasing of Peggy Lee, Ella Firzgerald and Chet Baker, will perform at the Tap Room with guitarist Phil Capone.

“Then Sunday July 24 will see Jazz on a Summer’s Afternoon, with five fantastic and very different bands performing in the beautiful grounds of Battle Abbey. There will be food and there will be drinks – a fully licensed bar – so the whole family can come and enjoy an afternoon of exciting music from 1-7pm.

“The first will be the Alan Barnes/Dave Newton/Andrew Cleyndert trio, made up of three of the biggest names in British jazz. Clarinetist and saxophonist Alan Barnes has twice been BBC Jazz Musician of the Year. Pianist Dave Newton has been voted Best Jazz Pianist at the British Jazz Awards no less than 16 times, while bassist Andrew Cleyndert has been nominated for the British Jazz Awards every year since their debut.

“Next up will be Hexagonal, the high-energy sextet featuring internationally acclaimed players based in 1066 Country who have emerged as a powerful presence on the UK jazz scene.

“In their relatively short lives they have already garnered acclaim at club and festival appearances and have performed in concert for BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now and in session for Radio 3’s JZ.

“They will be followed by renowned jazz and blues guitarist Remi Harris and virtuoso double bassist Tom Moore, who will present music ranging from acoustic jazz of the 30s and 40s to electric blues of the 60s and 70s.

“They are influenced by greats like Django Reinhardt, Peter Green, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and many more.

“The fourth group will be a quartet led by legendary American saxophonist Jean Toussaint who was a member of Art Blakey’s famous Jazz Messengers for four years in the 1980s.

“In 1987 he moved to London to establish himself as a bandleader, playing with British artists such as Courtney Pine, Julian Joseph and Jason Rebello. Over the years he has also played in bands led by legends such as McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis and Max Roach.

“The grand finale will feature Liane Carroll, 1066 Country’s most beloved singer. For this session, she will be accompanied by the two regular members of her trio, both very well known to the local jazz public: her husband Roger Carey on bass and Russell Field on drums. Liane has been a mainstay of the British jazz scene for over 35 years. Although we like to consider her one of our own, she also has a huge national and international reputation. On an occasion like this, she is not to be missed.

Tickets cost £20 and are available at the door or in advance at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jazz-weekend-at-battle-abbey-lawn-tickets-352804707377.

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