Jazz in East Kent


I have an enduring love for Kent, the adoptive county of my teenage years and my early twenties. We lived in East Kent in Beltinge, a cliff top village just along the coast from Herne Bay. So I like to think of myself as a “Man of Kent” even though I don’t qualify through birth east of the River Medway.

Sammy Rimington, Canterbury, 2011

Sammy Rimington, Canterbury, 2011

What connection does this have with jazz in Kent? You’ll find several Jazz&Jazz posts about my involvement with jazz in Kent, one of them being “BBC Jazz Club, 1960. Just Reminiscing!”  Look out too for posts on Sammy Rimington’s annual Kent tour, on Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle and on Gerry Birch’s “Jazz at The Star”.

My Jazz Portrait of Gerry Birch on Sousaphone

My acrylic portrait of Kent Jazz Man Gerry Birch on Sousaphone

Then there was and still is my involvement in jazz in Whitstable and the feature “Keep Doing What You Are Doing”  touches on that and also my involvement with the “Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle Festival”,

Just recently, through Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle, I’ve got to know Brian Summers, a jazz enthusiast from Faversham, Kent. Brian began sending me videos he takes of Kent based jazz bands and I urged him to upload these as YouTubes.

So here they are, featuring local jazz maestro Burt Butler with his Jazz Pilgrims playing “When You’re Smiling” at a Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle harbour-side gig and “You Meet The Nicest People” at “The Two Brewers” in Whitstable. Both unique settings each with its own special atmosphere.

Brian lists the names to the musicians at the end of each YouTube. Best watched on YouTube. Enjoy!

Photos © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz / YouTubes courtesy Brian Summers

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  1. Steve says:


    Not so much Speaking My Mind, but asking for some guidance on available Jazz Acts for our venue that we have taken over in Graveney Nr Faversham, currently called The Freewheel but soon to go back to it’s original name of The Four Horseshoes

    We believe regular jazz would attract the right people but do not have a huge budget available to try to get this going, even if it was in the form of a Jazz Open Mic style night we would welcome any suggestions

    Steve & Kim
    The Four Horseshoes

  2. Peter Butler says:

    I see you have a FB Address: The Four Horseshoes Pub and Cycling Cafe
    You could send me a FB Friend Request on on my FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/CelebratingJazz?ref=tn_tnmn . I’d accept and then you could post your above message on my FB Page.

    Then once accepted you could ask to join or I could add you to my Facebook Jazzers Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/125922830883166/ and you could post the message again there.

    Plenty of folks from Kent on there including bands and musicians. Why not give it a go?

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