Jazz club favourite Joe set for dynamic fundraising gig

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Cranleigh Arts Centre is inviting people to a sophisticated fundraising evening with one of the world’s finest singer-pianists, Joe Stilgoe on Friday, May 31.

Joe is passionate about ensuring that small art and performance venues are well supported so that they can continue to entertain future generations.

That’s why he has agreed to perform free-of-charge to raise funds for the future of Cranleigh Arts Centre.

Joe said: “As a Surrey boy, born and bred, I’m thrilled to be involved with the wonderful Cranleigh Arts Centre, and until they throw me out for calling it Cranford in a moment of stupidity, I look forward to being a part of the community for a good long while.”

Joe has been compared to Michael Buble and former label-mate Jamie Cullum.

His charm, dynamic stage presence and sense of humour have made him a favourite at the UK’s top jazz clubs and festivals including: Ronnie Scott’s, the Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican, The London Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Bestival.

Joe will be performing a mixture of music including well-known favourites, as well as new music from his latest album ‘We Look To The Stars’.

He said the album “reflects my early taste for Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Waller, through to Billy Joel, Elton John, Brian Wilson and Stevie Wonder, with a little bit of Nat Cole and Harry Connick Jr thrown in for good measure.”

Joe continued: “At the same time I’ve had the chance to listen to some amazing music; people like Elbow, Bon Iver, Laura Marling and Adele, which all seeped in to the process somehow.

“I’ve been writing a ton of songs, and though not kicking jazz away, I’m using that great feel from jazz and swing records and hopefully updating my sound.”

The evening will also include a complimentary drink on arrival, bar snacks and a fundraising auction, which has some wonderful items donated by local artists and businesses.

Tickets are selling fast.

The event starts at 8pm on Friday, May 31, at Cranleigh Arts Centre.

Tickets cost £25 (balcony seats £28).

Call the box office on 01483 278000 (Tues-Sat 10am-4.30pm) or visit www.cranleighartscentre.org.