Line-up announced for Jazz East Jubilee at Barking Abbey

09:25 17 May 2022

A free outdoor family music festival to be held in Barking and Dagenham next month has announced its jazz lineup.

Barking’s Jazz East Jubilee is held to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on June 4, with bands such as Brass Bottom Boys, the Sultan Stevenson Trio and Cong-Fusion performing at the event.

The evening will end with headliners Snowboy and The Latin Section, who organizers say are Europe’s premier Afro-Cuban jazz band.

The performers – all of whom have links to east London or Essex – will perform from 3pm to 8pm at the ruins of Barking Abbey.

The festival will take place in the ruins of Barking Abbey
– Credit: Paul Bennett

It is organized by the London East Jazz Network, who say they want to bring the art, culture and music of jazz to East London, Essex and beyond.

Jazz East Jubilee director Mark Kass says Barking Abbey is the perfect location for the festival.

“East London’s jazz heritage is unbeatable with the likes of Ronnie Scott, John Dankworth, Dagenham-boy Dudley Moore and others all born or raised on this right side of London and at Jazz East Jubilee,” he said. -he declares.

“We’re going to show the world how cool we are here, as we showcase 70 years of incredible, world-class jazz in the stunning ruins of Barking Abbey.”

Mark added: “Her Majesty’s incredible 70 year reign has seen incredible transformation in all forms of jazz music and her 70 year reign shows how far the evolution and influence of jazz has come from her roots in the United States, through swing and traditional jazz, bebop, fusion, jazz funk to contemporary afrobeat and hip hop styles.”

He promised the long-time jazz lover and those listening to him for the first time that this is “not just a festival, this is a true royal celebration”.

This festival is part of a series of events that take place across Barking and Dagenham during the sunny months, known as the summer of festivals.

It also includes the Barking Folk Festival on June 3, the One Borough Festival on July 23 and the Steam and Cider Fair on September 10.

Jazz East Jubilee is scheduled as part of the borough’s Platinum Jubilee Weekender events on the holiday.

Archant also marks the historic jubilee with a special souvenir magazine. For more information and to order online, go to

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