Be prepared to be wrapped in the smooth tones of the Great American Songbook and the swinging classics of the golden age of jazz, all played by masters of the art.


Tuesday 7th May 7.30pm
Tickets £17 (incl supper)
Festival Tent

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Returning to the Festival by popular demand, superb vocalist Cate Cody will entertain with her sophisticated 1930s style vocal jazz supported by a great quintet of multi award winning players; pianist Dave Newton, Saxophone and Clarinet from Trevor Whiting, John Day on double bass and drummer Charlie Stratford.

“I’m old-fashioned…’ So sings Cate Cody in that hauntingly beautiful voice of hers that puts me in mind of a young Peggy Lee. She might be describing herself, because these days it’s very rare to find a Jazz chanteuse with authentic phrasing, who genuinely understands the nuances, is capable of capturing the idiomatic gradations and modulations required to Swing. For me, she might have stepped out of a dream, or to put it more prosaically, right out of bygone age. Indeed, most of the songs she has chosen to put her stamp on belong to that great age of song sophistication, coming from the pen of the masters of the art. She does full justice to them, their melodies caressing, lyrics expressing, reflecting on their subtleties and breathing new life into them.”

Cate and her band have worked with most of the UK’s finest singers and musicians including Acker Bilk, Stacey Kent, Bryan Ferry and George Melly.

Dancing encouraged but not compulsory!

A supper will be provided as part of the ticket price.  (A vegetarian option will be available)

“Cate Cody has a unique way with a song. She sings the melody and lyrics with a beguiling simplicity that makes it sound like they are a secret she wants only you to know and she draws the listener in without resorting to tricks and affectations. In my book, that means that rather than shouting ‘look at me’, it’s the song that comes first and that kind of respect is rare these days.”
Dave Newton, 13 Times Jazz Pianist of the Year
“Cate Cody is the best exponent of the 30’s Jazz vocal style I have heard in many a year. Book her immediately!”
Julian Stringle, 2006 Jazz Clarinetist of the Year
“Cate Cody is a vocalist of the highest standard: she prepares her performances well, and takes time to research unusual material from the twenties and thirties. This material is performed not as a pastiche, but in Cate’s very original style. Her singing technique is excellent with very good diction. In all, the show is presented beautifully.”
Keith Nichols, 2004 'Heritage Award' winner British Jazz Awards
“Cate is a wonderful artist very much in the Billie Holiday mould. She is probably the most sensitive singer I have had the pleasure to work with displaying both musical maturity as well as a great respect for both her musicians and her audience. You will not be disappointed!”
Zoltan Sagi