Jazz quartet will be a tribute to 1920s singer

What's On pix - 24-04-15

What's On pix - 24-04-15

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Sarah Gillespie Quartet will give a tribute to a 1920s blues singer at South Holland Centre in Spalding on Saturday, April 25.

Bessie Smith is one of the most iconic artists in jazz and blues history. Her raw, visceral howl of a voice chronicled a life of gin-soaked bar room brawls, renegade lovers and bawdy nights of Harlem vaudeville.

Sarah Gillespie first appeared at South Holland Centre with one of jazz’s most prominent saxophonists, and member of Ian Dury’s Blockheads, Gilad Atzmon in 2010. She will be accompanied by Mercury nominated Kit Downes on piano, Ben Bastin on bass and James Madden on drums.

The Life of Bessie Smith will start at 8pm. Tickets are £14 (£13) and £7.50 Under 26s from 01775 764777 or visit www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

Also visiting South Holland Centre is Antiques Roadshow's much-loved 'Potaholic' Henry Sandon on Tuesday, April 28.

Henry Sandon, pictured, was born into a musical family, later studying at the Guildhall School of Music, singing in the Worcester Cathedral Choir and teaching at the Royal Grammar School.

However his life was drastically diverted from this musical path by the finding of Medieval and Roman pottery in his garden. This led to him becoming a ‘potaholic’, in love with his pottery and porcelain.

He is best known for his many years on the popular BBC series The Antiques Roadshow where his most famous discovery was the highly valuable Ozzie the slipware owl, now residing in a Stoke on Trent museum.

Other television appearances include Going for a Song, Collectors’ World, Great Antiques Hunt and several presenting stints on the long running BBC series Songs of Praise.

Henry will share witty anecdotes from his lifetime’s passion for pottery and will finish with a chatty question and answer session.

Anyone with a ticket for the show can take one piece of pottery to the Centre prior to the performance for possible valuation by Henry .

Numbered valuation tickets will be issued from midday on the day only on a first-come-first-served basis.

The show will start at 2pm and Henry will begin valuations at 1pm when he will view as many pieces as possible.

Tickets are £12.50 ( £11 over 60s and under 26s, disabled and companion) (plus £1.50 online transaction fee for booking up to nine tickets). Contact the box office: 01775 764777 for bookings on the day of the performance. Pre-booked post-show afternoon tea will be available in the café for £3.95.