Jazz and folk events hit the right notes at Saffron Hall

PUBLISHED: 12:09 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 28 September 2018

Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent


Saffron Hall has announced a stellar line up of jazz and folk artists among its upcoming autumn season, with performances to suit all tastes.

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Among those set to take to the stage at the Saffron Walden venue are David McAlmont, with a unique interpretation of Billie Holiday’s best-known songs, Grammy-nominated vocalist Stacey Kent, Orphy Robinson and Sarah Jane Morris, Scottish folk pioneers Lau, and Kansas Smitty’s House Band, making their Saffron Hall debut.

Tickets for all events are available from www.saffronhall.com or 0845 548 7650.

David McAlmont presents: Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall. Saturday, September 29, 7.30pm

Inspired by Billie Holiday’s legendary 1956 concert at Carnegie Hall, where her performance was accompanied by extracts from her autobiography Lady Sings The Blues, singer David McAlmont gives his unique interpretations of the Lady Day catalogue while quoting from her extraordinary life story. The show includes many of the most well-known Holiday songs, including; What A Little Moonlight Can Do, My Man, and Don’t Explain. Tickets £10 - £25

Stacey Kent

Saturday, November 3, 7.30pm The internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent, performs music from her latest album I Know I Dream (Sony Music/Okeh). This beautiful collection of songs includes American Standards, bossa nova classics and chansons. She will also perform original songs and reprises of some of her most loved repertoire – including numbers co-written by Nobel prize-winner, Kazuo Ishiguro, whose song writing partnership with Stacey has formed an essential part of her repertoire.

Tickets £16 - £28

Orphy Robinson & Sarah Jane Morris: Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks

Friday, November 16, 7.30pm,

This concert celebrates Van Morrison’s masterpiece Astral Weeks, released 50 years ago, in November 1968. Jazz FM ‘Live Experience of the Year’ Award-winner Orphy Robinson brings together some of the UK’s top jazz players to reinterpret the magical combination of jazz, folk and soul influences that made up Astral Weeks, with the vocals sung by the great Sarah Jane Morris, who’s best known for her work with The Communards on songs like Don’t Leave Me This Way. Tickets £15 - £30


Friday, November 30, 7.30pm

Winners of ‘Best Group’ four times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Scottish folk pioneers Lau return with their first new music since their 2015 album The Bell That Never Rang. Their songs explore the marriage of acoustic and electronic sources, and the arrangements continue down the path of intertwining instrumental music and song. Don’t miss this chance to see the group The Guardian calls ‘the most musically adventurous trio in British folk’. Tickets £10-25

Kansas Smitty’s House Band

Saturday, December 8, 7.30pm.Kansas Smitty’s House Band have been packing their own Hoxton basement and selling out the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s with an incendiary combination of swing, blues, R&B, New Orleans marching band music and the wild end of gospel. Their first album was chosen as one of the top jazz albums of the year by The Telegraph, and now the band visit Saffron Hall for the first time.

Tickets £15 - £30

Other jazz and folk highlights at Saffron Hall this autumn:

Saffron Hall’s popular Foyer Club events continue.

All events start at 8pm, with a guest street food van and the Saffron Hall bar serving from when the doors open at 7pm:

September 28: Foyer Folk Club with The Hut People

October 12: Foyer Jazz Club with Paul Higgs Quintet

November 2: Foyer Folk Club with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

November 15: Foyer Jazz Club with Joanna Strand

January 11: Foyer Jazz Club with Julian Siegel Quartet

January 25: Foyer Club with Classico Latino

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