Love Supreme 2014

"The Love Supreme Jazz festival combined a classic jazz bill with a modern boutique, green field experience. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Glynde Place in Sussex and in association with Jazz FM, Love Supreme brought together 3 days of artists from the four corners of the world of Jazz; from Funk to Soul, Blues to Fusion. Four stages hosted a diverse and premium bill that  combined jazz greats, international legends, contemporary soul artists, cutting edge artists and the finest DJ's." www.lovesupremefestival.com

We just had tickets for Sunday and what a day it was - glorious sunshine (mostly), a super chilled vibe, amazing acts and hanging out with friends made for a pretty special event. The music was brilliantly curated - we chose to check out Curtis Stigers first up in Ronnie Scott's Big Top.  I'll be honest, even though all of us were around in the 90's and old enough to know what was going on, Stigers wasn't really our buzz then so we were all a little hazy about him but he crooned the hell out of Love Supreme with a great set of classic standards and re-works of his own tracks new and old.  Next up we wandered over to a bandstand nestled in the trees to catch The Swing Ninjas doing their thing with support from the Sussex Swingers dance group who were lindy-hopping their hearts out to the enjoyment of a great crowd of lookers on that couldn't help but move to the sights and sounds.

The three headliners on the Sunday were Soul II Soul, Imelda May and De La Soul, the last two of which we got involved in.  Imelda May was one that we definitely wanted to catch as Katharine is a big fan and now having seen her live I know why... she is just awesome - a striking rockabilly styled Irish girl with an incredible voice backed by thumping double bass and howling 50's swing guitar that got everyone jumping and didn't disappoint at all.  Lastly and to finish up the night (other than having to engage stealthy ninja moves to get out of the car park log-jam later on) was De La Soul, those legends of hip-hop from 25 years back.  These guys still know how to party and get everyone partying with them for sure.  They threw down old classics, new mixes and jokes a plenty with a New York steeze that's hard to equal finishing up the night perfectly. Boom, thank you Love Supreme and good night.


Photos all shot with the trusty 50mm and © Benedict Stenning