Review: Love Supreme, East Sussex

The Love Supreme festival at Glynde in East Sussex came of age with a "finely balanced roster of jazz and quasi-jazz acts to please one and all", says Brian O'Connor

Now in its third year the Love Supreme Jazz Festival has come of age with a finely balanced roster of jazz and quasi-jazz acts to please one and all. Set in beautiful countryside at Glynde Place in East Sussex, adjacent to a certain operatic venue, it can be truly said to contain something for everyone.

From the jazz of Theo Croker (pictured right) to the eclectic charms of Chaka Khan plus a rousing Candi Staton and a set on Sunday from the inimitable Van Morrison, this event, 3-5 July 2015, was a veritable feast of music to satisfy even the most fastidious.

Just look at the plus points: The weather was suitably organised again (a brief fright on the Sunday); camping facilities for thousands; three main stages, and virtually every gig starting on time (a big plus when bouncing from venue to venue taking photos); a wide range of stalls offering a bewildering diversity of food, drink and goodies; and entertainment and amusement for children.

There genuinely was something for the whole family or indeed anyone else. It was also good to see the local scene recognised, with the bandstand being operated by the Brighton based Verdict Jazz Club. Gabriel Garrick's Trumpet Summit (pictured left) was one of the many highlights there.

Highlights for me? Christine Tobin with her superb Leonard Cohen songbook performance, Joe Stilgoe with his sophisticated blend of rhythm and vocals, Theo Croker, of whom I was unaware before and Ginger Baker for just being Ginger Baker. Apologies to all those not listed, who should have been included, but there were only so many gigs a mature photographer could scuttle to in the time available.

From the funky Friday evening sets, (with a special mention to the Brighton based Studio 9 Orchestra, not funky, swinging) to the rousing Van The Man finale on the Sunday night, this was a very successful and memorable weekend of music.

Long may it continue. Roll on next year. More information is on their website,

Text and photos by Brian O'Connor

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