Style of Music to Expect Sunday 23rd September 2012 at the Roffen

Are you in the Know?

If you appreciate quality live music then you can be guaranteed the Maritime Jazz Festival has plenty of that. However, if you are new to jazz you may not recognise all these famous artists and what they play. Have a look below to help make your mind up which performance to come to. And if you still can't make your mind up then just come to all the performances!!

Who are Tommy Whittle and Barbara Jay?

Tommy Whittle is regarded as an Icon of British Jazz.  He is one of those rare players from the UK who is entered into the History books of world jazz.  His pedigree is without rival and his resume reads like a who's who of the jazz world.  For a time Tommy lived in Chatham just down the road from the festival and went on from there to join the Ted Heath band with the likes of drummer Ronnie Verrel (another local lad, who took over in the Heath Band from Jack Parnell who took over from Ted Heath's original drummer Joe Kearsey - Grandfather of festival director Roan Kearsey-Lawson). Tommy went on to perform throughout the world.  Barbara Jay is the wife of Tommy and has enjoyed her own career as a professional jazz singer.  With many CD releases to her name she has recently toured with a dedication to the song book of Ella Fitzgerald at venues such as Ronnie Scotts.

What will the music be like?

Other than the obligatory CD quality standard, Tommy is a full on player with a modern edge that compliments his ability to perform smooth quiet numbers alongside engaging and entertaining fast romps.  Barbara Jay is a classic female jazz vocalist singing in the Ella Fitzgerald style.  The combination of modern edge and soothing classics is a perfect way to close the festival especially when served alongside great roast food. 

What about the rest of the band?

All the musicians at the festival are seasoned professionals and often famous musicians in their own right. Tommy and Barbara will be backed by Kent Pianist Roger Lewin who has worked in the pop industry with Hot Chocolate and Boney M. He also has backed many jazz artists and works as a solo pianist. On vibes will be Roan Kearsey-Lawson who was quoted by the Albert Hall and Octavate Jazz Club in London as 'Master Vibesman', and on Bass will be Andre Messeder who has until recently been the bass player for many years for Syd Lawrence.