Emergence Festival

A 3 day Jazz in the round festival by the sea

Fri 28 Sep 2018 to Sun 30 Sep 2018

Emergence Festival

We're just firming up the details of the next Emergence Festival - the date is definite - 24th - 26th April, and it will be in Hastings.

Watch this space for more info!

In the meantime, see below for last year's line up...

Produced and presented by The Cockpit




Oh we do like to groove beside the seaside....



New jazz for a burgeoning music scene in a resurgent town. JAZZ IN THE ROUND is taking over this stunning Hastings venues for 3 days of Jazz.

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Denys Baptiste Quartet


Denys Baptiste - Saxophone, Nikki Yeoh - Piano/ Keys, Larry Bartley - Bass, Rod Youngs - Drums

After almost two decades experience at the forefront of the British and European Jazz scene, Denys Baptiste  still brims with the confidence of a youthful spirit. With a stellar band that fires on all cylinders and a new home at Edition Records, Denys’ career continues to grow and blossom.

The Late Trane​ is his powerful and commanding new album. ​Reimagining and reworking ten carefully chosen compositions from John Coltrane’s late music (from 1963 - 1967) with a fresh and modern new interpretation, ​The Late Trane ​perfectly balances Denys Baptiste’s unique artistic vision with the visceral emotions and cosmic references that encompasses Coltrane’s late music.

This is an album by an artist in total control of his vision, a bandleader flexing his muscles and a musician in his instrumental prime. The Late Trane will fulfil his potential at an international level and bring a new audience to one of the finest instrumentalists and composers on the UK scene - something of a sleeping giant in the last 3 decades, but a giant that is about to wake!

Elliot Galvin

Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of UK jazz. A superbly gifted composer and pianist, whose maverick imagination and magpie like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision has seen him compared to Django Bates although in truth he sounds like no one except himself. From de-constructing standards to creating his own mirco-tonal melodica, Galvin’s music is both playful and deadly serious drawing on a wide range of influences from Keith Jarrett to Stravinsky, Ligetti, Deerhoof and the Beatles as well as the films of David Lynch, the Dada movement and the literature of James Joyce.




Jean Toussaint 

Jean Toussaint - tenor sax, Mark Kavuma - trumpet, Ashley Henry - piano, Daniel Casimir - bass, Ben Brown - drums
Grammy-winning saxophonist Jean Toussaint first came to prominence when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1982, after studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since moving to London in 1987, Toussaint has released ten critically acclaimed CDs as a leader.


Chiminyo creates revolutionary electronic dance music that has been blowing crowd's minds across London. He uses drumming skills to trigger samples, loops and textural sounds, the result is a rhythmically rich, infectiously groovy and visually stimulating live, one man show. 

Arthur O'Hara Trio

​Electric Bass - Arthur O'Hara, Tenor Sax - Chelsea Carmichael, Drums - Ed Harley
​A new London based Jazz, Funk, Rock trio, drawing on influences such as Thundercat, Sons of Kemet and Janek Gwizdala.
​The trio recently performed at the Love Supreme Roundhouse day festival and were described as a "festival highlight".





Mike De Souza Trio

Mike De Souza Trio: Mike De Souza - Guitar/ Compositions, Huw V Williams - Double Bass/ Electric Bass, Jay Davis - Drums

This new trio led by Guitarist Michael De Souza, will be performing all new original music, that draws upon sounds from contemporary jazz, rock and free jazz. Having attended both Leeds College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, Michael has learnt from and performed alongside leading international jazz artists including, Dave Holland, Dave Douglas and Joe Locke, and since graduating in 2014, he has performed with Terence Blanchard on a 4 date tour of the North, as well as with many more top UK musicians. This trio also features two of the most exciting and distinctive rising stars from London’s vibrant jazz scene, drummer Jay Davis, and bassist Huw Williams.

Olie Brice & Trevor Watts  


Olie Brice is a double bassist, improviser and composer.  He leads the Olie Brice Quintet, described by Richard Williams as “one of the most interesting and satisfying bands on the current UK scene”.  The Olie Brice Quintet have released two albums, Immune to Clockwork in 2014 and Day After Day in 2017.  He also leads an improvising trio, The Somersaults Trio, featuring Tobias Delius and Mark Sanders.  Brice is also in demand as a collaborator and band-member.  He has appeared with musicians including Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker, Tony Malaby, Ingrid Laubrock and Ken Vandermark, among many others, and is a member of bands led by Dee Byrne, Alex Ward and Loz Speyer.


Trevor Watts has been at the forefront of many innovations within the Jazz/World and Improvised Musical areas both as a saxophone player, percussionist and composer since the 60's. The only founder member of The Spontaneous Music Ensemble still alive. He also founded Amalgam (which included Keith Rowe) and his 1980s Moire Music Group which included Veryan Weston and Peter Knight. Other prominent musicians he’s played with include Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, Steve Lacy, Kent Carter, Rashied Ali, Steve Swallow, Bobby Bradford, Cyro Baptista and Stan Tracey. Currently his main involvement is one part of a long standing duo with pianist Veryan Weston. This duo have been highly acclaimed for their recordings and “live” appearances.  Other important collaborations for Trevor are with Gibran Cervantes from Mexico and master Djembe player Adama Drame in Burkina Faso (W.Africa). 



Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet


Alina Bzhezhinska - Harp, Tony Kofi - Saxophone, Larry Bartley - Double Bass, Joel Prime - drums

Originally from Ukraine/Poland and now based in London, Alina Bzhezhinska is an internationally renowned harpist. She has performed with leading classical and jazz musicians such as Shabaka Hutchings, Django Bates, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and the Glasgow String Quartet. Her duo, with award-winning jazz vocalist Niki King, has supported Gregory Porter.
Alina’s critically acclaimed Quartet led the 80th Birthday celebrations for Alice Coltrane around the UK in 2017. Their appearance at the EFG London Jazz Festival in a special triple bill featuring Denys Baptiste and Pharoah Sanders - 'A Concert for Alice and John' - has been nominated for Best Live Experience of the Year at the 2018 Jazz FM Awards.

Kim Macari

Originally from Fife, Scotland and now based in London, Kim Macari is a musician and composer immersed in the jazz and improvised music scene.
Whether as a performer, teacher or a producer, her passion lies in the strength of improvised music as a means of expression and a form of empowerment and freedom.

Announced as one of 8 recipients of the Take Five initiative run by Serious for 2017, she is recognised for her work both as a performer and as an industry professional.
She is currently Chair of Jazz from Scotland, on the teaching faculty of the National Youth Jazz Collective and a core team member of the Jazz100 project.

Beat Replacement


Beat Replacement is a modern jazz fusion group led by the UK's rising drummer talent, Jamie Murray

With a solid groove style yet an open minded approach to free experimentation, Jamie and his all star band bring a heavy amount of fire and intensity to each performance- with Zhenya Strigalev 'exploring and pushing the limits of the Alto Saxophone', David Preston playing guitar 'like a man possessed', Tomasz Bura 'injecting heartfelt beauty and colourful soundscapes' and Kevin Glasgow filling the background air 'like a sonic boom'.

Beat Replacement have quickly earned respect as one of the UK's most exciting new bands with their forward-thinking approach & exhilarating live show.

Tickets are £12 per day or £25 for a weekend ticket that gives you access to all 3 days

(Please Note: The Weekend ticket must be purchased online in advance and will not be available on the door.) 


6-8 Pelham Place, Hastings, TN34 3AF

Car Parking
Pelham Place car park is directly opposite the venue on Carlisle Parade, Hastings TN34 3AD. Alternatively you can park on Hastings seafront or Rock-a-nore car park on Rock-A-Nore Rd, Hastings TN34 3DW.

Getting There
St Mary in the Castle is on Pelham Place, directly on Hastings seafront. The closest train station is Hastings train station and is a ten minute walk from the venue.

And if you're coming from out of town and are looking to stay in Hastings, The White Rock Hotel are offering 10% off when you book 2 nights, or 15% if you book 3 nights. Just quote JAZZ EVENT when you book! 

The White Rock Hotel, White Rock, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1JU

Email:  info [at] thewhiterockhotel [dot] com

Telephone: 01424 422240


Full price: £12 in advance / £15 on the door / £25 for a weekend ticket