2pm – 4pm
FREE live jazz in the beautiful grounds of Chalkwell Park, with some of the UK’s best musicians and singers, curated by The Jazz Centre UK.
What better way to while away a summer afternoon?
Café Valise – Pop Up: Seven Weeks of Summer.
Music, art, books, comedy, food, coffee, prosecco and more…
From Thursday 19 July – Sunday 2 Sept 2018
Open every Thurs to Sun, 11am – 6pm (plus evening events)
Metal’s popular, travelling Café Valise returns to Chalkwell Hall complete with sunny veranda, stunning views over the Thames Estuary, art and music events, second hand book-shop and fully licenced bar and café.
For seven weeks of summer expect cake, coffee, cool drinks, snacks, prosecco, cocktails and a packed programme of things to see and do.
Digby Fairweather took up jazz fulltime in 1977 working with the ‘Midnite Follies Orchestra’ ‘Velvet’ and the ‘Pizza Express All Stars’. From l983 he led a variety of solo projects including the ‘Jazz Superkings’ ‘The Great British Jazz Band’ and (from l995) his award-winning ‘Half Dozen’ which toured with George Melly (2003-7) Paul Jones (2007-present), and which has won the British Jazz Award – the ‘Jazz Oscar’ – for top small group for the last eleven years He broadcast on jazz for the BBC (1986-98); has authored several books on jazz and recorded over 80 albums as leader and sideman. His numerous awards include ‘BBC Jazz Society Musician of the Year’ (l979) British Jazz Award (trumpet/1992) ‘Services to jazz’ (1993/95) Freedoms of London (1992) and Southend-on-Sea (in their Millennium Role of Honour, AD 2000). In 2013 he was awarded London’s Worshipful Company of Musicians ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for jazz. He is Founder/Lifelong Patron of the National Jazz Archive (l987) and this year, in his hometown of Southend, has set up ‘The Jazz Centre (UK)’ as a flagship for jazz in Britain.
British jazz legend Brian Dee worked with the Vic Ash-Harry Klein Quintet (which toured with Miles Davis in 1961) then led his own Trio at the Establishment and Downbeat clubs in the 1960s. He toured with Tubby Hayes in 1965 and from the 1970s worked in studios (regularly for the eminent producer Ken Barnes) with Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Johnny Mercer and Peggy Lee as well as touring with Elaine Delmar, Kenny Baker and the Bruce Adams-Alan Barnes Quintet. In recent years he has continued to freelance as well as working with Digby in the Billie Holiday tribute show ‘Lady Sings the Blues’.