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 and The Anthony Strong Trio.

Jazz at The Pavilion 2013 was the eleventh event and there was a special line up of supremely talented entertainers including Georgia Mancio, Polly Gibbons and Iain Ewing. For a report visit Jazz at The Pavilion 2013

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

Information from Jacki Maslin 01394 450799 or orfordjazz@wellassociates.co.uk

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Emma Divine

Emma Divine

We have been extremely fortunate to sign yet another very talented singer/songwriter with an amazing voice.

Orford regulars are in for a treat with the smooth sounds of Emma Divine and a four piece band of gifted musicians.

Emma recorded 2009’s BBC Children In Need single alongside Paloma Faith, Dave Gilmore, Brian May and Peter Gabriel.

Following this in 2010 came ‘Moanin’, a recording with renowned jazz pianist and Orford Jazz 2012 headliner Anthony Strong, double bassist Geoff Gascoyne who appeared at the first Picnic Jazz with Jamie Cullum in 2003 and drummer Dave Ohm who appeared with Georgia Mancio at Picnic Jazz 2013. The recording was produced by the great Ian Shaw at The Premises, London’s most popular music studio complex for more than quarter of a century.

Then a press shot in Vanity Fair saw her 2 day show at Greenwich Comedy Festival sold out with audiences yearning for more.

Emma has played at numerous festivals including Vintage Festival at the Royal Festival Hall with 2011 Parliamentary Jazz Award winner John Turville and with her full 10-piece band on the Crossroads Stage at Secret Garden Party. She was also invited to sing with her band at The Manchester United Premier League Football Trophy ball.

Emma has recently been performing on the jazz and blues scene in London and is currently writing and recording her debut album which is again being produced by Ian Shaw, arranged by Anthony Strong and will be released in 2014 on Pastiche Records.

A great singer’ - Ian Shaw

‘Very talented, a great singer’ - Gilad Atzmon

`A smokey, cool visage of mellow slick style` - Carpa Musica

`A voice big enough to eclipse the sun` Bete Noire

Emma’s voice is perfect for this relaxed, quintessentially English afternoon of Pimms and picnics in the garden setting by the river in Orford.


Natasha 2Natasha Hodge

Regulars at Jazz at The Pavilion have grown to love the performances of Natasha Hodge. She started singing at The Pavilion to Karaoke backing tracks, then progressed to the accompaniment of Nick Raison at the piano and more recently with Jazz Bazaar, all in support of our headline acts. Although she successfully balances the demands of her family and a developing business, for 2014 in response to countless requests we have persuaded Natasha to step up to joint headline with Emma Divine and we can guarantee some very fine performances from these two superb songstresses.


As Jazz at The Pavilion is supporting the Thomas Marshall Education Fund in 2014, Natasha will also be reprising a performance of The Andrews Sisters first performed in 2004 with Thomas Marshall’s mother Wendy and a friend accompanied by our talented resident pianist Nick Raison. This is something not to be missed.

Thomas Marshall was a bright, lively and giving teenager from Orford who was tragically killed in a road accident just outside the village in the summer of 2009 just before his A level exam results arrived that would have seen him going on to University. His tragic death became the catalyst to set up the Thomas Marshall Education Fund to support access to secondary and tertiary education in Mozambique. Previously incorporated as part of the Maninga charity in Mozambique it is now being set up as a separate charity with its own board of trustees led by Thomas’s parents.

Past Performers

Black Tie

2003 Victoria Newton

Picnic Jazz

Jamie Cullum
Jacqui Dankworth
Gwyneth Herbert
Sarah Moule
Joanna Eden
Lianne Carroll
Clive Carroll
Toby Allen
Gwyneth Herbert
Tina May
Melissa James
Anthony Strong
Georgia Mancio
Polly Gibbons

Orford Jazz 2014

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