Welcome to the first in an ongoing series spotlighting who and what is going on in jazz across the Jazz South region. Expect articles and interviews with artists, promoters and features on jazz education. As it is the summer, we are kicking off with festivals (and keeping our fingers crossed for fine weather every weekend).

Are you stuck for plans this weekend? If you haven’t already, grab your tickets and head down to East Sussex for an annual highlight of the summer ‘Love Supreme’, taking place from the 5th-7th July 2019. Since its launch in 2013 Love Supreme has presented a spectrum of musical styles including jazz, funk, soul, blues and hip-hop and has also been a crucial platform for younger and less established acts to develop their audiences. It is the largest festival in the Jazz South region and unique in its three-day outdoor setting with camping.

Headliners this year include the classic and contemporary – Ms. Lauryn Hill, Gladys Knight, Cinematic Orchestra, Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Jimmy Cliff, GOGO Penguin and Chick Corea’s Spanish Heart Band.

Jamie Cullum

Much talked about special project is Orphy Robinson’s presentation of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks celebrating the 50th anniversary of the album, and concert with artists such as the talented Tank and the Bangas, Judi Jackson, Steam Down, Tampa the Great, Makaya McCraven and Leee John of Imagination. Also look out for Brighton’s New Generation Jazz  programme, which includes Xhosa Cole, winner of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018.

Judi Jackson

Love Supreme Festival will take place at Glynde Place, East Sussex from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July 2019. Camping tickets give access to the whole festival including all performance acts, after parties, band stand and jam sessions. In the past, tickets have completely sold out before the festival takes place so grab them if you can!

Suitable for fans and family audiences.

For full details see www.lovesupremefestival.com.

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