Connoisseurs of well put together human scale jazz festival line-ups held in fairly out of the ordinary places will no doubt thrill to what's in store next weekend in historic Battle where one of the world's most reliably yearning gazillion selling rock bands Keane hail from. As the bard-like Tom Chaplin insisted on Hopes and Fears' emotion soaked 'Somewhere Only We Know' exhaling sonorously: I'm getting old, and I need something to rely on. And rely fairly resolutely down in East Sussex dear readers by all means do. A stonkingly impressive line-up rustled up by the organisers is in the offing for the Battle Festival of Arts and Music over the weekend of 21-23 July.
With gigs at the Bull Inn, Battle Memorial Hall and Battle Abbey School battling jazzers for Sunday are in the afternoon Byron Wallen's 4 Corners, Detroit piano icon Kirk Lightsey with the ex-Billy Jenkins bassist Steve Watts in tow, the Denys Baptiste Quartet, Jason Rebello and Tim Garland and the Darius Brubeck Quartet topping the bill. The Sunday programme is no less tasty with retired orthopaedic surgeon tenorist Art Themen who knows more than most about shooting from the hip, pianist Robert Mitchell's True Think, Laura Jurd's band Dinosaur, bass don Orlando le Fleming and Romantic Funk and the Parliamentary Jazz Award winning singer Elaine Delmar with her Quintet featuring Jim Mullen in the mix. Click through for a link for Saturday tickets & for Sunday the link is here. Laura Jurd, photo: press