Hello jazz fans and welcome to the Splash Point Jazz Club newsletter for March.
Spring is just around the corner, we’ve already had a mini-heatwave (well, a warmwave…) but you never quite know what the weather will hurl at you in March. Or to put it another way ‘March is the month God created to show people who don’t drink what a hangover is like.’ And that was Garrison Keillor letting us know what we can look forward to this month…
But GK has never been to a Splash Point gig (as far as we know…) and we think we can do a little better than that for you in March!
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NEAL (ALMOST) NAKED ON BBC1!
Yep, we don’t want to put you off your hot cross buns, but… BBC1 Southeast, Monday 4th March 7.30pm Inside Out will have a feature on cold-water swimming. You may know that Neal dips in the sea every morning with some other crazies. He was interviewed in the sea…
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Assuming you’re still reading, here’s the round-up of who’s where around our #splashpointjazz clubs, in chronological order…
Bannatynes Hotel & Spa (Battle Rd, St Leonards-on-sea TN38 8EA) is the place to find Neal playing solo piano/vocals on Friday 1st March. (THAT’S TONIGHT if you’re reading this on the day of release!). From 7pm, free entry, good food. Plenty of on-site parking at Bannatynes too.
Neal’s second solo gig of the month is for Jazz Lunch at Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston BN26 5TW on Sunday 3rd March from 12.30pm. Secure a table by phoning 01323 870248 and have a lovely treat and a well-deserved break from cooking!
Next gig up is SEAFORD at the View (Seaford Head Golf Club, BN25 4JS).
Guesting with Neal’s trio on Wednesday March 6th at 7pm is fantastic tenor sax player Denys Baptiste. An evening with Denys guarantees a display of unsuppressed expression, ranging from sweet “saxuality” to breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat virtuosity. He’s won numerous awards throughout his career and has evolved into what Time Magazine described as “the icon of British jazz”, with a most distinctive and immediately recognisable sound. So you most probably won’t want to miss this evening!
Playing alongside Neal and Denys are Steve Thompson (double bass) and Milo Fell (drums).
Dinner is available at The View, provided you book in advance on 01323 890139. Or just come to listen and be entertained. The music starts at 7pm.
There’s free parking right outside the door, and inside The View you’ll get a great welcome.
Tickets are £10, buy on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com (booking fee applies).
EASTBOURNE HYDRO JAZZ TEA
Tea, scones and a little bit of luxury await you at The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne (Mount Rd, Eastbourne BN20 7HZ) on Wednesday March 13th, at 3pm till 5:30pm for Jazz Tea, with Neal and special guest Sue Richardson (trumpet/vocals). £15 will get you a yummy cream tea with an irresistible serving of jazz. Or £25 for the full “spoil yourself” high tea – Forget the diet and don’t fight temptation too hard, just call the Hydro on 01323 746105 to book a table..
The Master Mariner (BN2 5WD) plays host to a SPJC special on Thursday March 14th. A musical tribute to the late, great sax player Stan Getz is the theme of ‘Get Getz’, featuring Katy Jungman (sax) and Sue Richardson (tpt/vox), plus Terry Seabrook (piano), George Trebar (double bass) and Javier Forero (drums).
The Getz sound combined cool, bossa nova with modern jazz and his story is rich with anecdotes, so this will be a sparkling evening’s entertainment. The music starts at 7.30pm, admission is FREE, and there’s a varied bar menu so you can safely leave the cooking and the washing up in the hands of the Mariner’s staff.
The Fishermen’s Club, Royal Parade, BN22 7AA continues on the last Wednesday of the month and we’ve got a cracker for you on Wednesday March 27th when Terry Seabrook’s Milestones Sextet play ‘Kind of Blue’, in tribute to Miles Davis.
The band consists of Terry (keys), Martin Shaw (trumpet), Alan Barnes & Andy Panayi (saxes), Paul Whitten (bass) and Spike Wells (drums). That’s a pretty impressive line-up by any standards, and they’ll be playing some of the tracks on Miles’ 1959 landmark recording ‘Kind of Blue’, plus new arrangements of other tunes associated with Miles.
It’ll be popular, so you might want to book ahead to be sure of a seat. The music starts at 8pm, tickets are £10, on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com. (booking fee applies). Loads of free parking right outside the door and drinks at club prices!
Sue Richardson and Neal play the Jazz Brunch at The Depot from 11am-1pm on Sunday 24th March. Come on down to Lewes’ coolest new venue. Free entry
The very same night, Wednesday March 27th, at the Bull Hotel Battle (27 High Street, TN33 0EA) sees Neal teaming up with excellent young double bass player Oz Dechaine.
Oz in a fantastically intuitive bass player, ridiculously busy, and will be fresh from a gig at the O2!
The music at The Bull is free to diners and you are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment as Splash Point Jazz Wednesdays have become very popular. Nice menu, good food and some lovely jazz vibes as well. Call the lovely people at The Bull on 01424 775171 to reserve a table. The music starts at 7.30pm.
And we end the month almost where we started it, at Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston.
Sunday March 31st is Mothering Sunday, a special day if ever there was one. Treat your mum, your mum-in-law, your granny or yourself – we present a lovely Jazz Lunch Duo from 12.30pm of Neal singing/playing to your mum, and Oz Dechaine on double bass. Music is free to diners, but table-booking is essential on 01323 870248.
So that’s what the March winds are blowing our way this month!
We genuinely look forward to welcoming you to our jazz clubs, and hope to see you again very soon. Keep supporting live jazz in Sussex!
The Splash Point mob.
There’s great news too from us about the future direction of Splash Point Jazz clubs – we’re excited to be able to tell you that ALL of our venues have renewed their contracts, so we’re all fired up and set to sail into 2019. The Master Mariner in Brighton, Fishermen’s Club in Eastbourne and the Bull Inn in Battle will all carry on without change. From January The View at Seaford moves from Sundays to the first Wednesday evening of each month, with a start time of 7pm, although the format remains the same. Deans Place and Bannatynes also carry on for 2019, and the New Year will herald a New Club in the shape of Eastbourne’s Hydro Hotel, where Neal will be appearing monthly each second Wednesday from February with a guest musician. Wherever you live, we have a club near you!
We genuinely look forward to welcoming you to our jazz clubs, and hope to see you again very soon.
Keep supporting live jazz in Sussex!
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