Sir John Dankworth’s Turkish Delight is a tasty addition to the Garden Season

Dame Cleo Laine: Singing royalty
Dame Cleo Laine: Singing royalty

Another stunning weekend of entertainment in the beautiful setting of the Old Rectory Gardens in Wavendon is only needing a touch of sunlight to truly glisten.

Certainly the line-up is a glittering affair.

On Saturday, The Garden Season presents live music from the Tony Kinsey Quartet.

Drummer Kinsey is a true godfather of the modern jazz scene, and a man whose passion for the genre is unshakeable – his career extends over six decades.

His skills have seen him work with many of the world’s jazz greats, Oscar Peterson, Billie Holiday and our own late Sir John Dankworth, who founded these Garden Season events still housed in his garden.

Kinsey will be joined by bassist Andy Cleyndert, Sam Mayne on alto saxophone and John Horley at the piano.

Dame Cleo Laine & Friends step up on Saturday afternoon, with John Horler back on stage for the second set of the day – joining an exemplary line-up including Malcolm Creese, Jim Hart, Mark Nightingale and Andy Payini to back the unshakeable Dame Cleo.

Unsurprisingly, the afternoon session is sold out.

Cleo is a world class force, and truly in a league of her own, and those lucky enough to have tickets to see the vocal sensation will also catch Clarinettist Emma Johnson

Emma is stepping up to join Cleo on Turkish Delight - Sir John’s version of Mozart’s Ronda Alla Turca.

But enough of the show you can’t see, and on to Sunday’s shows, which are still available.

The Nigel Price Organ Trio perform at midday.

Widely regarded as one of the most exciting UK jazz bands around today, Nigel’s blend of ‘flowing, fiery bebop lines, deep blues feeling and the will to swing hard’ has made him a huge smash with jazzers.

Nigel Price is back at 2.30pm, this time with Georgia Mancio for a joyous and intimate programme of jazz and latin songs.

Tickets for each session are £12, or enjoy a full day ticket for £20.

Quick, call MK 280800 with bookings and have yourselves a merry little weekend.