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Herne Bay Festival
29th July to 26th August 2023

Herne Bay Jazz Fest ‘23

@ Herne Bay Pier Stage
Starts Sunday August 20, 2023 @ 14:00
Ends Sunday August 20, 2023 @ 22:00

 2:00 PM Kai Hoffman Quartet – (vocals) – Originally from Boston, MA, USA, Kai Hoffman is a jazz, swing and blues singer, as well as a songwriter, bandleader and recording artist. Kai Hoffman is a favourite performer at venues across London including Ronnie Scott’s where she held an eight-year monthly residency. “There is no denying that Hoffman has a very special voice: rich, super smooth and full of old time sparkle… It is a joy to listen to her sing.” – Broadway Baby. Kai is the founder and artistic director of the Herne Bay Jazz and Swing Festival.

3:00 PM The Paul Speare Fusion Extravaganza Infectious grooves and cinematic soundscapes from Paul’s 2022 album Time And Place, and beyond. With a track record of recordings as a sideman with Dexys Midnight Runners, Elvis Costello and Paul Weller, the composer and producer has focused on his own jazz-influenced work during the last two years. Lineup: Paul Speare – baritone sax, flutes Hilary Cameron – keyboards, vocals Simon Golding – electric guitar Ollie Davie – bass guitar Jonathan Ward – drums

4:10 PM Jim Mullen Organ Trio (Guitar)– “One of the great Jazz guitarists working today” Jazzwise. A multi-award winner, including a special Honorary Parliamentary Jazz Award in 2017, Jim Mullen is widely regarded as one of the finest jazz guitarists in Europe. Originally from Glasgow, he made his name playing with a number of seminal bands through the 70’s and 80’s including Brian Auger’s “Oblivion Express”, The Average White Band and his own highly acclaimed jazz/funk band “Morrissey-Mullen”. The band he leads this evening features the classic Organ trio format, and features leading British pianist/organist Mike Gorman and drummer Matt Home performing a dynamic set of originals and carefully crafted jazz standards in a Groove-influenced hard-bop style that Jim describes as a mixture of “tradition and transition”

5:20 PM Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio (trombone) – For 25 years British trombonist Dennis Rollins has played at the forefront of the UK jazz, funk and pop scene as an ‘impossibly virtuosic’ sideman to such stars as Maceo Parker, Courtney Pine, The Brand New Heavies, Blur, Tom Jones and as an award-winning leader in his own right.  

6.30 PM Clare Teal Quartet (vocals) – Multi-award winning singer and broadcaster Clare Teal performs up and down the country throughout the year at festivals and high profile venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Love Supreme, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival and Glastonbury Festival, as well as singing with renowned orchestras and Big Bands including the Hallé,BBC CO, RTÉ CO, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Big Band (hr-Big Band) BBC NOW and BBC SSO. Alongside her concerts, Clare presents her own live show on BBC Radio 2 every Sunday night. We are honoured to have her at Herne Bay Jazz.

7:45 PM Lokkhi Terra – From the Mela’s of Bangladesh to the streets of Havana, via some districts in Lagos and on to a bustling club in London. “Stunning Headliners [Timeout London]”, Lokkhi Terra is described by Songlines as “probably the world’s best Afrobeat-Cuban-Bangladeshi group.” This critically acclaimed London-based world music collective is known for mixing the different traditions that surround them in London – whether its Cuban rumba with Bengali folk, or Afro-beat played on Asian and Latin instruments, or South African township mixed with Indian classical and funk. “Awesome Cross-cultural collaboration” – London Jazz 

9:00 PM The Coalminers – With their dedication to what they like to refer to as “Swamp Soul” this brilliant 7 piece band bring the rhythm and soul of New Orleans alive, playing songs ranging from Professor Longhair to Allen Toussaint, Mardi gras parade anthems to Fats Domino Rock & Roll classics and the swampy funk of The Meters and Dr John. They take their name from the Toussaint/Dorsey song ‘Working In A Coalmine’ “From time to time I stumble on a band that totally blows me away… The sound they have put down is perfect” Craig Charles – BBC Radio 2 Funk and Soul Show

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