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Jazz, Gin & Blues at Loxwood Meadow

This July, for the second year, ‘Jazz, Gin and Blues’ will take place in the tranquil glade at Loxwood Meadow, site of the popular medieval jousting festival, Loxwood Joust.

26th July 2020 12 midday to 9pm The Enchanted Woodland, Loxwood Meadow, Loxwood RH14 0AL

From 12noon until 9pm, an intimate crowd of just 500 people will enjoy a stellar line-up of jazz and blues artists in a sheltered woodland setting.

This year Jazz, Gin & Blues is curated by Simon Bates the founder and organiser of the legendary Loxwood Jazz Club and promises another year of great eclectic Jazz and blues with a little helping of Gin

Artists performing this year are: John Etheridge, Derek Nash’s Sax Appeal, Harry Greene/Ashton Jones, Simply Swing and Tim Staffell/Paul Stewart
The festival features a number of independent local gin producers, including Cabin Pressure Spirits, Corner53, Generation 11 and Madame Jennifer Distillery Real ale will be provided by the award-winning Langham Brewery with Loxwood Meadworks providing heritage brews, re imagined for the 21st century. Guests can enjoy a number of local heritage food stalls with plenty of vegetarian options.

Tickets £25.00

For more information and tickets, please visit: www.jazzginblues.co.uk T. 07866 468632 E. info@jazzginblues.co.uk

Or in Person from Guildford TIC, 155 High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3AJ Horsham TIC, 9 Causeway, Horsham, W Sussex RH12 1HE

John Etheridge

Virtuoso musician John has been at the top of the jazz guitar world for nearly 50 years! In 1975 he joined Soft Machine and more or less simultaneously, joined the group of the celebrated jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli. He has also worked alongside many famous musicians including Barney Kessel, Didier Lockwood, Herb Ellis, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Pat Metheny, Andy Summers, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams and the Zappatistas. Blue Spirits, featuring Pete Whittaker on organ and Nic France on drums, came about through John’s love of the perennially attractive combination of electric guitar and hammond organ. The band has a take on this well known combination in a way that connects with the bluesier, intense side of John’s playing. There are plenty of typical swing elements, augmented by soulful ballads and fiery funk outings. The aim is to groove and move! This band has been popular for many years and is a perfect fit for Loxwood’s Jazz Gin & Blues Festival.

Derek Nash’s Sax Appeal

With a line-up of five saxophonists and a world-class rhythm section, Sax Appeal (who celebrated 40 years of performances in 2018) is a unique, multi-award winning band performing diverse compositions and arrangements by Derek Nash. The band has featured the cream of UK sax players in its ranks and on its CDs including Gary Plumley, Bob McKay, Alan Barnes, Vasilis Xenopoulos, Matt Wates, Simon Allen, Duncan Eagles, Brandon Allen, Mornington Lockett, Scott Garland, Simon Bates, Nigel Hitchcock, Dave O’Higgins, Paul Booth and Tim Garland, supported by the top rhythm section of Phil Scragg (bass), Nic France (drums) and Pete Adams (keys). “Princes of the Horn in thunderous form….the bravado of this band is breathtaking” The Sunday Times

Simply Swing

The Simply Swing Band has been at the heart of the London entertainment scene for over 20 years. Playful and dramatic, cool and current, Simply Swing will take you on a musical journey with class, humour and virtuosity. The band’s collective biographies read like a who’s who of 20th century music and include Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Kylie, the BBC Big Band, Tina Turner, George Benson, Rick Astley, Alexander Armstrong, Cleo Laine, Shakatak and Humphrey Littleton.

Harry Greene/Ashton Jones

Ashton Jones is one of the UK’s most promising funk, soul vocalists and songwriters, rapidly becoming known for his vibrant and dynamic live performances. With influences including James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Rick James and Prince, and a throwback style rarely seen on this side of the Atlantic, Ashton delivers soulful melodies, gritty funk and sparks of falsetto with an audience captivating brand of energy, flare and musicianship. Harry Greene is a London-based saxophonist/guitarist. Currently in his final year at The Royal Academy of Music studying Jazz, he’s rapidly making a name for himself on the London Jazz scene, appearing regularly at Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express and recently at the Albert Hall as part of the “Ronnie Scott’s at 60” gala. Internationally, he’s performed as a guest artist at the “Villars Vanguard” Jazz Club in Switzerland as well as various festival dates with acclaimed Afrobeat ensemble “Afrik Bawantu.”

Tim Staffell/Paul Stewart

Tim Staffell & Paul Stewart were important contributors to the original Rhythm & Blues explosion which ignited in West London in the ‘sixties; contemporary with the Stones, Eric Clapton, The Yardbirds, & countless other notable performers of the period. Both pupils at Hampton School, Stewart was lead singer and harp player with legendary R&B band ‘The Others’, while Staffell was lead singer and bass player in the pre-Queen power trio ‘Smile’ with Brian May & Roger Taylor.. They present an authentic selection of traditional and modern blues flavoured music with its roots firmly in those times. Both accomplished instrumentalists and writers, the duo features close harmony, guitar interplay and blues harp, from time to time they are augmented by a light rhythm section, and added instrumentation from collaborators and friends…


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