Get Set For Aldeburgh Jazz Picnic 2014

2014 Aldeburgh Jazz Picnic: It’s that time of year to pack your wicker hamper full of nibbles and wine

In 2003 a small committee was formed to organise a one off fundraising Black Tie Jazz Dinner to help raise funds for restoration work on St. Bartholomew’s Church in Orford, Suffolk, near to Aldeburgh. A marquee was ordered, menus fixed, 250 tickets sold and a little known singer/pianist booked to entertain. Unfortunately, shortly before the event was due to take place, the little known entertainer hit the big time and had to pull out of his commitment in Orford. The event went ahead with the captivating Victoria Newton proving to be a worthy replacement with her Latin American influenced performance encouraging the diners to work off the calories after dinner.

To make up for the cancellation the original singer/pianist offered another date and agreed to perform at a Picnic Jazz event later in the year in the gardens of a large house on the river in Orford. As a result, Jamie Cullum was responsible for launching an event that has been repeated every year since then raising funds for local worthy causes.

With a capacity limited to around 300, Jazz at The Pavilion has become a popular, intimate event on the Suffolk social calendar as well as attracting jazz lovers from further afield. Headline acts have included: Jacqui Dankworth, Gwyneth Herbert (twice), Sarah Moule, Joanna Eden, Lianne Carroll, Clive Carroll, Toby Allen and Tina May with Tony Coe, John Etheridge, Winston Clifford and Mark Hodgson.

Jazz at The Pavilion 2014 will be the 12th event and there will be a special line up of supremely talented entertainers.

The love Aldeburgh team will be attending and you can secure your tickets by contacting Jacki Maslin on 01394 450799 or by emailing orfordjazz@wellassociates.co.uk

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