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Monday 03 July 2017

Review: Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2017 @ Glynde Place, East Sussex

Love Supreme Jazz Festival is now an annual fixture for Sussex music lovers who like their music to match their taste in fine wines.
Pic By Andy Sturmey

Now in it's fifth year, the Glynde based three day event was once again the hottest ticket as sold-out signs were posted weeks before its gates opened to the public.

This year's big names were under the spotlight and only enhanced their reputations with solid hits-filed sets played out to an adoring public.

Corrine Bailey Rae's personal and emotional offerings were delivered with the most beautiful and honest of voices. She engaged the audience whatever their age or musical taste.  

Mica Parris is a sassy and soulful diva who got the crowd onside from the off. She was playful, humorous and engaging and delivered a killer version of Ella Fitzgerald's Ain't Got That Swing. If you aren't familiar with her songs she leaves you wanting to hear them again.  


The Jacksons are showbiz and have structured their set to perfection. From Can You Feel It, through Blame It on the Boogie, Rock With You, I Want You Back, ABC all the way to set closers Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' and Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) - it was like streaming Top Of The Pops in your back yard. 

Laura Mvula opened with Overcome and unmistakably smashed it. She may be a reluctant performer but her vulnerabilities only add to her appeal. Sing To The Moon, Green Garden and Phenomenal Woman were set highlights.

Gregory Porter closed the festival with a mellow set that brought the punters back down to earth before they drifted off home.

Another great year, another stellar line-up and another twelve months of anticipation to see what Love Supreme can deliver next year.


by: Neil Turner




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