The first ladies of jazz tune up for Suffolk date

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Ten singers billed as probably the finest line-up of vocalists ever brought together in Britain will perform in a spectacular day-long event in a Suffolk village.

Stoke-by-Nayland-based Fleece Jazz – long recognised as a top venue – has pulled out all the stops to secure the cream of the country’s female jazz singers.

They will deliver seven hours of songs across a number of genres, including blues, jazz, contemporary, Latin, folk and more.

Most of the performers cut their teeth at Fleece Jazz appearing there as youngsters before they were famous.

Claire Martin OBE, the acknowledged first lady of British jazz, will bring down the curtain on the programme.

Preceding her are a collection of singers whose talents cover a huge variety of musical styles.

Barb Jungr, Mari Wilson, Sarah Moule, Trudy Kerr, Tina May, Sarah Gillespie, Kate Shortt, Gill Manley and Georgia Mancio promise performances loaded with passion, lyricism, glamour and humour.

The singers will be supported by David Newton, Jenny Carr and Nigel Price.

There will be an extra starring role for celebrated pianist David, who played the first ever Fleece Jazz gig more than 20 years ago, when he is made life president to mark his long-standing contribution.

The club, run entirely by unpaid volunteers, started life in a tiny room over the bar in The Fleece pub in Boxford. It now meets every Friday at the Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel.

The event takes place at the Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel on Sunday, November 10. It begins at 1pm and a buffet is available. Tickets cost £20, and the box office number is 01787 211865.