Welcome to our February newsletter! Shortest month of the year, but still crammed full of lovely Splash Point gigs! As we start to see the evenings staying lighter just that bit longer and the daffs coming up in the gardens it’s only natural that our thoughts turn to days out after the long winter tucked up indoors.
So for openers, here’s something to get you out of the house in the daytime:
Wed 13th February is the first of hopefully many jolly afternoons of Jazz @ the Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne. Treat yourself to a Jazz Tea, 3pm – 5.30pm, when Neal will be joined by a different guest each month, starting with jazz/blues guitar maestro Andy Drudy on acoustic guitar. You might recognise Andy’s playing from massive U.S. TV show ‘Friends’, as well as numerous other projects in the U.S and UK.
You will need to book ahead because there are scones to be baked, and booking is easy to do by by phoning the hotel: 01323 720643. The Hydro is at Mount Rd, Eastbourne BN20 7HZ. For future reference, the next Jazz Teas will be 13th March and 10th April – an ongoing treat for anyone who loves a proper tea and jazz (and who doesn’t??)
A lot’s been happening at Splash Point recently, and we’re tickled pink by our new hookup with our friends at Comedy Seaford! From now on we’re co-promoting each other’s shows at The View in Seaford :-)
We’re intoxicated to announce a new sponsor across all our Clubs – Seaford’s very own Harley House Distillery. If you haven’t tried it yet their Sussex Pure Gin is astoundingly good – AND they’ve launched Sussex Blue Gin that changes colour! How cool is that!
Now for a look at who’s on where around the Clubs…
Wednesday 6th February at 7pm. Fabulous vocalist Louise Clare Marshall is the special guest this month with Neal’s trio. Louise has performed many times with Jools Holland’s band, Roxy Music, the Leo Green Experience, the BBC Big Band and a list much longer than we can reproduce here. This is going to be a gig to remember!
Come for dinner if you wish (call 01323 890139 to reserve a table) or just come to listen, with maybe a glass of something on the side. Either way you’re in for a great night.
Cabaret seating inside and loads of free parking outside, right by the entrance. Tickets are £10, buy on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com (booking fee applies).
Friday 1st Feb sees Neal’s monthly “Jazz & Gin” residency at Bannatynes Hotel & Spa, Hastings, TN38 8EA from 7pm.
And at the same venue…
Thursday 14th February (ahh, Valentine’s Day…) is an extra-special night. You could earn some extra Brownie points and treat yourself and the one you love by booking a table for dinner and jazz from Neal on piano/vocals, with excellent double bass player Oz Dechaine. The music starts at 7pm and reservations can be made by phoning 01424 851222.
Thursday 21st February at 7.30pm will see Neal performing the debut of his tribute show to Nat King Cole, called ‘Not King Cole’!
The Mariner boasts a lovely grand piano, and great bar menu, so don’t bother cooking first, just turn up. We’ll do the rest. There’s a nice relaxed vibe there, if you haven’t been before give it a try. Free entry.
EASTBOURNE jazz club, at The Fishermen’s Club, Royal Parade, BN22 7AA continues on the last Wednesday of the month.
Wed 27th February: Super sax star Dave O’Higgins makes his first visit to Splash Point Jazz Eastbourne in the outstandingly good company of Mark Edwards (keys), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Darren Beckett (drums). With over 30 years on the UK jazz scene the most celebrated gigs to his credit are surely with Frank Sinatra (the last London appearance – a week at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992) and a tour and album with Ray Charles (Strong Love Affair). More recently, Dave has toured extensively with Darius Brubeck. All of which means that this is one you won’t want to miss!
Tickets are £10 – buy on the door on the night or in advance from WeGotTickets.com (booking fee applies).
And don’t forget the fringe benefits: free parking right outside the door and drinks at club prices!
And now it’s decision time, because on the same night you could go to Splash Point Jazz Club Battle, at the Bull Hotel in the High Street, TN33 0EA.
Wed 27th February: Special guest with Neal is Andy Drudy on acoustic guitar.
The music at The Bull is free to diners and you are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Call the lovely people there on 01424 775171.
And that’s it for February – what a 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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