Taking a break

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Bury St Edmunds’ only jazz and blues club is temporarily closing until 2014, after this weekend.

The Devils Kitchen Collective is a monthly music club which was set up by Fiona Kerr and her late friend Valerie Bolton following their introduction at the Bury Festival in 2009, in which Miss Kerr performed as a jazz singer.

Stressing that the closure was ‘not a recession sad story’, Miss Kerr said: “The Collective have had a great run. It’s been fun. We’ve enjoyed lots of support and we sold out for our last event.

“But our not-for-profit club is run by volunteers in between the events and, after three years, we’re all exhausted with the extra work involved.

“We have many other commitments and are involved with other voluntary work, which we would like to focus on for the rest of this year.

“Our aim is to return with a rejuvenated team and some more soul music in our programme next year.”

Before its break, The Collective will be showcasing the music of its patron and former ‘Jazz Warrior’ Tony Kofi on saxophone.

The event at The Unitarian Meeting House on Saturday night will also feature the Hammond B3 Organ played by international musician Anders Olinder.

Doors will open at 7pm, with a Ghanaian menu served until 8pm when the live music and entertainment is due to start.