Thousands raised for Amnesty International with jazz afternoon

Jazz afternoon at the Old Fire Engine House, in Ely.

Jazz afternoon at the Old Fire Engine House, in Ely. - Credit: Archant

Members of Ronnie Scott’s All Stars performed to an audience of more than 200 people in the gardens of Ely’s Old Fire Engine House restaurant on Sunday.

James Pearson, resident pianist and artistic director at Ronnie Scott’s famous Soho Jazz Club, took the lead. He was accompanied by his brother, Joe Pearson, on drums and Sam Burgess - another member of the All Stars - played bass.

Completing the line-up was acclaimed singer Polly Gibbons.

The event was raising funds for Amnesty International and a spokesman for the Ely Amnesty International Group said: “This was the third year running we have had the privilege of seeing these talented musicians performing on behalf of Amnesty International in Ely.

“The concert was a sell-out in record time and has raised about £2,000 for Amnesty. We had generous prizes donated by Ronnie Scott’s, the Old Fire Engine House restaurant, Peacock’s Tearoom, ADeC and Topping & Co. We very much hope to bring jazz to Ely again next summer.”