Multi-million selling French acid jazz artist St Germain is the final name to be added to this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which runs from 1 to 3 July in the idyllic location of Glynde Place in the South Downs, East Sussex.
The fourth edition of the festival features its winning mix of soul, funk and jazz crossover headliners on the Main Stage with a strong jazz programme across the Big Top and Arena bills. St Germain, aka French musician/producer Ludovic Navarre (pictured top left), is set to headline the Big Top on the Saturday night (2 July) with his hugely successful mix of jazz-infused Afrobeat, house and nu-jazz performed by his full live band. They will be preceded by an exclusive UK appearance by guitarist John Scofield and Mehliana, the improvised, beat-driven keys-and-drum electronica project from Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana. Further additions to the festival, for which Jazzwise is media partner, include the full line-up for the Bandstand stage, programmed by Eddie Myer, booker for the jazz Brighton venue, The Verdict.
A Verve Jazz Lounge, which is set to mark the iconic label’s 60th anniversary year will present a series of panel discussions, talks, film screenings and performances, while leading independent record store Rough Trade will be on site selling albums, merchandise and hosting artist signing sessions throughout the weekend. Additional programmed events include the new Higgidy Kids Green family area offering a range of child and family-orientated activities, including dance workshops and a bouncy castle, while festival goers can enjoy an enhanced dining experience courtesy of the Lazy Bird Kitchen who will be creating a long-table banqueting-style restaurant, working with local food producers to create a high-quality dining experience.
The full line-up is as follows:
Friday 1 July – The Arena: Sumo Chief; J-Felix; Eddie Myer 5tet Ezra Collective; Jazz FM’s Funky Sensation
Bandstand: Grimaldi Quartet; Harry’s Tricks; Duende; Barnacles
Saturday 2 July – Main Stage: Riot Jazz Brass Band; Bernhoft; Ibrahim Maalouf; Skye | Ross from Morcheeba; Lianne La Havas; Grace Jones
Big Top: Liane Carroll; Cécile McLorin Salvant; Esperanza Spalding Presents Emily’s D+Evolution; The Stanley Clarke Band; Scofield Mehldau Guiliana; St Germain
The Arena: Partikel’s String Theory Quartet; Native Dancer; Moon Hooch; Kandace Springs; The Milk; Erik Truffaz 4tet; Dingwalls DJ Session featuring Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge
The Bandstand: Chris Coul’s Brownie Speaks; Peter Fraize Organ Trio; Maria Chiara Argiro Quartet; Vels Trio
Sunday 3 July – Main Stage: Claire Martin & Ray Gelato; Avery*Sunshine; Average White Band; Kelis; Caro Emerald; Burt Bacharach.
Big Top: Beats & Pieces Big Band; Femi Temowo + Engines Orchestra; Anthony Strong; Gogo Penguin; Kamasi Washington; Melody Gardot
The Arena: Trope; Jasmine Power; Binker & Moses; Mahalia; Swindle; Jacob Collier; The Correspondents
The Bandstand: Trees; Paul Richard’s Trio; Kendon/Ryall Quintet feat Julian Nicholas; Jamie Leeming Project feat Emily Dankworth; Simon Spillet Quintet featuring John Donaldson
– Mike Flynn
For full details and tickets www.lovesupremefestival.com