1066 jazz royalty takes to the stage

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HASTINGS has been home to a host of star performers over the years.

Funny chubster Jo Brand grew up in the town, Steve Furst fell under the spell of St Leonards and Paul McCartney lives a stones throw away in Peasmarsh.

However, unlike that trio, one star turn who still calls Hastings her home is the award-winning jazz artist Liane Carroll.

Named Best Vocalist and Best of Jazz at the 2005 BBC Jazz Awards, Carroll has become a leading light on the UK scene and is a regular performer at the famous Ronnie Scott’s club in London.

But on Monday she will be making the considerably shorter trip to The Stade for a show with her quartet.

The singer and pianist has been compared to the legendary Canadian chanteuse Blossom Dearie, and has won plaudits for her mash-up collaborations with the jazz-funk duo Morrissey/Mullen.

She has also appeared as a member of the drum-n-bass collective London Elektricity and recorded sessions with Paul McCartney and top US guitarist Jerry Donahue.

A superb and charismatic personality, Carroll is one of Hastings’ hidden charms - and one certainly worth checking out.

Her quartet is made up of James MacMillan (trumpet); Roger Carey (bass) and Ian Thomas (drums).

Doors open at 7.45pm for an 8.30pm start and the venue has full disabled access.

Tickets are £7 on the door and for further information call 01424 250221 or visit www.jazzhastings.co.uk.