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Jazz Diva's Lead the Way at First Eastbourne Jazz Festival
Ronnie Scotts regular and local Jazz Diva Liane Carroll is set to headline at the first ever Eastbourne Jazz Fest from Sunday 13th to Sunday 20th June.
Ronnie Scotts regular and local Jazz Diva Liane Carroll is set to headline at the first ever Eastbourne Jazz Fest from Sunday 13th to Sunday 20th June.

One of the UK’s finest jazz talents, Liane offers a mix of modern jazz and rhythm & blues piano, along with her own unique singing style and off the wall patter.

The new Jazz Fest which will be running throughout the week of the Hastings Direct International Championships, is being organised by Dukes Jazz Bar and Eastbourne Borough Council. Organisers hope to offer both local jazz fans and tennis visitors a vibrant mix of music throughout the week.

Joining Liane on the bill will be Tess Garraway, classically trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, her voice has featured on the soundtrack of ‘Tutti Frutti’ and feature film ‘Billy the Kid’, as well as appearing herself in musicals ‘Starlight Express’ and Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Side by Side’.

One of the few singer/trumpet players worldwide, Sue Richardson, will also be joining the line up, having appeared with many jazz greats and also as a finalist at the Marion Montgomery Jazz Diva Awards.

More acts include Natalie Harmer, the Rob Pooley Duo, 3+1 and the
Michelle Long Duo who will kick off the festival at Dukes Jazz Bar on Sunday. B-hut will also be providing some funky jazz fusion and local guy Big Al, offers a mix of 1950’s rhythm & blues and rock n roll.

Festival goers will be able to enjoy a free Jazz Party from 6pm on Wednesday 16th June at the Bandstand.


The Bandstand also hosts an All Day Jazz Party on Friday 18th June costing £2.50 for the afternoon or evening session and the South London Jazz Orchestra closes the festival at the Bandstand on Sunday 20th June from 3pm to 4.30pm, entry costs £2.25.

Acid Jazz combo, Hazardous Funk will be entertaining tennis fans from Tuesday to Saturday at the Hastings Direct International Championships from 10am to 11.15am each morning. The Vintage Hot Five also provide some classic trad jazz on Finals Day just before play begins.

Norman Kinnish, Director of Economy, Tourism & Environment for Eastbourne Borough Council said “Eastbourne’s first ever Jazz Fest, is just one of a number of activities which are now opening up Eastbourne to a younger audience. As the Bandstand music programme becomes more varied, we hope visitors of all ages will have something to enjoy from military bands to big band music, rock n roll and jazz.”

The first Eastbourne Jazz Fest is also sponsored by Bonners Music, Carlsberg, Alsford Timber, Sussex Life and Splash Point Records. For further information telephone the Bandstand on 01323 410611 or contact Dukes Jazz Bar on 01323 737399.

To book tickets for the Hastings Direct International Championships call the box office on 01323 412000.

Programme of Events:

Sunday 13th June
Michelle Long Duo
Dukes Jazz Bar
8pm to 11pm
FREE entry

Monday 14th June
Tess Garraway
Dukes Jazz Bar
8pm to 11pm
FREE entry

Tuesday 15th June
Rod Pooley Duo
Dukes Jazz Bar
8pm to 11pm
FREE entry

Wednesday 16th June
JAZZ FEST STREET PARTY with Big Al & the Hoodoo Kings
Bandstand
6pm to 11pm
FREE entry

Thursday 17th June
Natalie Harmer Duo
Dukes Jazz Bar
8pm to 11pm
FREE entry

Friday 18th June
JAZZ FEST ALL DAY PARTY
Bandstand
2pm to 6pm
Featuring: Natalie Harmer, Big Al & 3+1
Entry costs £2.50

7pm to 11pm
Featuring: Sue Richardson Quintet, B-Hut and Liane Carroll
Entry costs £2.50

Saturday 19th June
Big Al
Dukes Jazz Bar
8pm to 11pm
FREE entry

Vintage Hot Five
At the Hastings Direct International Championships, Devonshire Park
11am to 12pm
Entry to Devonshire Park costs £3

Sunday 20th June
South London Jazz Orchestra
Bandstand
3pm to 4.30pm
Entry costs £2.25

Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th June
Hazardous Funk
At the Hastings Direct International Championships, Devonshire Park
10am to 11.15am each morning
Entry to Devonshire Park costs £5 (£3 on Saturday 19th June)
09 June, 2004

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