Dame Cleo Laine invites you round to ‘her place’ this weekend - as the 2014 programme of Music in the Garden events get under way.
The annual soiree into fine sounds is housed in the equally fine gardens of Dame Cleo’s Wavendon home, as many of you reading this, already know.
Sir John Dankworth was the brains behind the event, which has now turned into a staple on the calender, and since he passed away in 2010, Dame Cleo has ensured her late husband’s pride and joy continues.
On stage the music will be perfect and full of pizzazz. Off stage, things are decidedly more chilled out – pack up a picnic, spread out the blanket and indulge your senses.
The inaugural event, at 11.30am on Saturday morning will feature Mark Nightingale and the Alistair White Quintet, with The Sound of J & K, a line-up ‘reminiscent of the fabulous swinging ‘Jay and Kai’ groups of the 1950s and 60s.’
If you are still none the wiser, just accept that it will be a jazz trombone tour-de-force, and take a ticket, on sale at £12.
A Garden Season just wouldn’t be the same without an appearance of Dame Cleo herself, and she will be stage stepping with friends including guest Earl Okin to assist.
All rise for the fabulous, unique queen of British jazz from 2.30pm, and trust us, she is still unrivalled in the vocal department.
On Sunday afternoon Pedro Segundo presents Kansas Smitty’s House Band, inspired by the swinging, hedonistic atmosphere of the one American city that overame the Great Depression.
Tickets are on sale for that, at £15. For more information, or to make a booking call MK 583151.