A new jazz weekend is coming to an East Sussex vineyard in July, featuring two fantastic professional bands and refined wines.
Summer Jazz in the Vineyard will bring the music of legends Nat King Cole and Chet Baker in two shows featured in the London Jazz Festival, to Off the Line Vineyard in Hellingly.
The festival also includes wine tasting, vineyard walks through the unique natural woodland, pas- ture and ponds, a kids’ gym and a Salehurst Halt food van serving local and seasonal produce.
Seaford-based jazz musician and festival organiser Neal Richardson said: “After a year of isolation we can’t wait to bring people together for a fabulous summer weekend of live music in the gor- geous grounds of the vineyard.
“It’s great to be working with fantastic local businesses to create an exciting event to celebrate summer and enjoy jazz together.’
Pianist/singer Neal Richardson’s show ’Not’ King Cole’, described as ‘Jazz at it’s purest’ by Jazz Journal, is on the Saturday 10th and trumpeter/singer Sue Richardson’s ‘Chet Baker: Too Cool’ of which Jazz FM said ‘I kid you not, you closed your eyes, you were listening to Chet Baker’ is on Sunday 11th July.
Kristina Studzinski from Off the Line Vineyard said: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome people back to our vineyard and grounds, and of course serve up our wonderful local wines.
‘Jazz and wine is a perfect combination, and our lovely vineyard is the perfect setting.’
Off the Line specialises in rosé wines, all of which will be available to sample, taste and purchase at the festival. It sits alongside the Old Cuckoo Line, an old railway connection between Polegate and Edridge, and festival comers are encouraged to arrive by bike or foot along it as an environ- mentally friendly option.
The event runs from 2-6pm on the 10th and 11th July, and tickets at £20 for one day or £35 for both are available at www.splashpointjazz.com