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Picnic Jazz at the Pavilion

In 2003 a small committee was formed to organise a one off fundraising Black Tie Jazz Dinner to help raise funds for restoration work on St. Bartholomew’s Church in Orford, Suffolk. A marquee was ordered, menus fixed, 250 tickets sold and a little known singer/pianist booked to entertain. Unfortunately, shortly before the event was due to take place, the little known entertainer hit the big time and had to pull out of his commitment in Orford. The event went ahead with the captivating Victoria Newton proving to be a worthy replacement with her Latin American influenced performance encouraging the diners to work off the calories after dinner.

To make up for the cancellation the original singer/pianist offered another date and agreed to perform at a Picnic Jazz event later in the year in the gardens of a large house on the river in Orford. As a result, Jamie Cullum was responsible for launching an event that has been repeated every year since then raising funds for local worthy causes.

With a capacity limited to around 300, Jazz at The Pavilion has become a popular, intimate event on the Suffolk social calendar as well as attracting jazz lovers from further afield. Headline acts have included: Jacqui Dankworth, Gwyneth Herbert (twice), Sarah Moule, Joanna Eden, Lianne Carroll, Clive Carroll, Toby Allen and Tina May with Tony Coe, John Etheridge, Winston Clifford, Mark Hodgson,The Melissa James Trio, The Anthony Strong Trio, Emma Divine and Natasha Hodge with Jazz Bazaar.

2015 poster

To get a feel for this event just watch this short clip from 2012

Information from Jacki Maslin 01394 450799 or jackimaslin@btinternet.com

Past Performers

Black Tie

2003 Victoria Newton

Picnic Jazz

2003
Jamie Cullum
2004
Jacqui Dankworth
2005
Gwyneth Herbert
2006
Sarah Moule
2007 
Joanna Eden
2008
Lianne Carroll
2009 
Clive Carroll
2009 
Toby Allen
2010
Gwyneth Herbert
2011 
Tina May
2012
Melissa James
2012
Anthony Strong
georgia-mancio2013
Georgia Mancio
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Polly Gibbons
emma-divine2014
Emma Divine
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Natasha Hodge

Orford Jazz 2014

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