Monday, 10 September 2012

Swing along to Sinatra.and all that jazz

Film and TV stars will be among the acts at this year’s Maritime Jazz Festival (September 19th – 23rd) in aid of life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The festival will feature Dorian Ford, star of hit Judy Dench film Mrs Henderson Presents, who will be joined by trumpeter Matt Gough and band at Dickens World.

Actor and musician Dorian, noted for his lyrical style, has also appeared in BBC productions such as Richard III in which he played Prince Edward, and Grange Hill.

Award-winning vocalist Tina May will kick off the show at Simply Italian in Rochester and will be joined by French pianist James Hayes, Vibes Master Roan Kearsey-Lawson and bass player Neil Francis.

Italian alto saxophonist Tommaso Starace will be dedicating his performance on Friday to the music of Michel Petrucciani whose compositions were conceived in the American jazz community.

BBC South East Today presenter Rob Smith will introduce the acts on Saturday at Dickens World including funky New Orleans street band Blew Tubes.

The six-piece band, billed as a rhythmical and historical jazz treat, features Ray Butcher who played the trumpet in BBC1 drama Land Girls.

The sounds of Frank Sinatra will also fill the Britannia Theatre courtesy of male crooner Ryan Sanders and Jim Hastings while Universal Records artist Shane Hampsheir will perform a Michael Buble-style of swing.

British jazz legend Tommy White and vocalist Barbara Jay will then bring the curtain down on the festival at The Roffen Club at Rochester on Sunday where music lovers can enjoy a full Sunday roast.

For tickets and information about the five day festival go to or call 01634 365453.

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