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The Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival proudly presents a very special pre-festival one-off concert with the amazing internationally acclaimed voice of Jazz, Gregory Porter on Wednesday 24th June.

Gregory Porter has taken the jazz and music industry by storm with numerous appearances on national television and radio. He continues to perform to sell out audiences across world and has achieved international recognition and acclaim with his Grammy winning multi-platinum selling album Liquid Spirit.

This very special concert is kindly sponsored by Future Climate Info and as the lucky crowds who’ve seen him perform the world over can vouchsafe: you can drink deep of Gregory Porter. And the best kind of intoxication will follow. As the lyrics to his foot-stomping, high-clapping title track have it: “Un-reroute the rivers, let the dammed water be, there’s some people down the way that’s thirsty, so let the liquid spirit free…

This charismatic Californian is here to breathe life, and vitality, and fun, and excitement, and passion, and honesty into the musical genres he has loved from boyhood, ever since Nat “King” Cole entered his heart.

In Gregory’s own words – “Really, I’m married to music and whether people keep on buying my records or not, or keep on coming to the shows or not, I’m still going to sing. I’m amazed and thankful and blown away that I’ve had these opportunities. But if they take it away, I’m cool. I’ve still got my songs,” Porter concludes, beaming expansively. “I swear to God I am cool!” – That he is. They don’t come much cooler than Gregory Porter.

Liquid Spirit is shot through with gospel, blues and R&B influences… the title track pair’s soulful horns with a deep, enveloping bassline that frames the California native’s supple tenor. – Wall Street Journal

Gregory Porter is a powerful baritone who writes his own songs… from a more ’70s or early ’80s-oriented place in the African-American jazz tradition, strong and sometimes experimental yet serenely unacademic, and mightily good.” – The New York Times

The 2015 Rye Jazz & Blues Festival take’s place from Thursday 27th – 31st August. For more information about the festival, latest news and announcements please go to:


Doors – 7.00pm

Violet Jive 7.30pm

Interval 8.00pm

Gregory Porter 8.20pm

Interval 9.05pm

Gregory Porter 9.25pm – 10.20pm approx.

We are 5 min walk to Bexhill station for last trains to Brighton/Hastings/London.

Please check train times for summer timetable. At the time of writing the train times are :

  • Last scheduled direct train to Eastbourne + Brighton 23.31.
  • Last train to Hastings 23.40
  • Last train to London St Pancras + Victoria 22.38
For taxi service call Parkhurst Taxis on 01424 733456
Taxis can take you to Battle (15 mins drive) for fast train from Battle to Waterloo East or Charing Cross.

Free parking along the sea front and in the Rother District Council car park next to the Pavilion after 8pm

Eastbourne to Bexhill to Hastings

A list of B+Bs in Bexhill and Hastings can be found here

Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:
Online: £1 per ticket + £1.50 postage or free collection at the Box Office
Telephone: £2 per transaction + £1.50 postage or free collection at the Box Office
In Person: £2 per transaction (applies if using credit card only) Debit card/Cheque/cash is free