Fumi Okiji’s Old Time Jazz Band

As part of the Stade Saturdays programme funded by Hastings Borough Council, Fumi Okiji’s Old Time Jazz Band will play this Saturday (June 25) on the Stade from 6pm.

The band is made up of musicians hailing from London and Hastings who perform tunes from early jazz.

Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for culture and leisure explained: “The Old Time Jazz Band celebrates the great tradition of jazz song. They perform jazz with a coolness that is laid back yet sets the pulse racing. Their repertoire consists of tunes from the early years of jazz’s inception up until the 1940’s taking in the blues, New Orleans, black vaudeville, Louis, Ella and Billie.”

The band comprises Fumi Okiji, Idris Rahman, Ben Davies, Stuart Hall and Roy Dodds all of whom play with the top names of the English jazz scene. They have built up a faithful following and have played at jazz clubs including the Vortex, and St James Theatre. Visit http://www.hastings.gov.uk/stadesaturdays for the full programme or pick one up from the Tourist Information Centre. Free entry.