Kerry Shale presenter
Vimala Rowe vocals
Thomas “Spats” Langham banjo/guitar/vocals
Enrico Tomasso trumpet
Michael McQuaid saxophones/clarinet
Matthias Seuffert saxophones/clarinet
Martin Litton piano
Nick Ball drums
Richard Pite drums/sousaphone/double bass
And special guests
Keith Nichols, who had worked on numerous Jazz Repertory Company shows over the years and was due to direct this concert, died in January 2021. As Keith was the UK’s most revered expert involved in presenting 1920s jazz we will be making this concert a tribute to him and will feature several additional guest musicians who worked with him over his long career. The names will be announced in August. We have also had to cancel the appearance of American cornetist Andy Schumm due to continuing uncertainties concerning quarantine regulations relating to Covid-19.
To welcome the 2020s we return to the Jazz Age of a century before and the magnificent music that accompanied the Prohibition Era. Renowned actor and music expert Kerry Shale presents a concert featuring the music of Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and Bessie Smith.
When Louis Armstrong visited England in 1968 the seven-year-old trumpeter Enrico Tomasso performed Basin Street Blues to welcome Louis when he emerged from his plane. Louis was so delighted that the two became firm friends and today his musical legacy lives on through the playing of Enrico, now one of the UK’s greatest jazz stars.
Martin Litton has long made a speciality of the music of New Orleans pianist and bandleader Jelly Roll Morton (the self-proclaimed inventor of Jazz). In Chicago in 1926 Jelly recorded some of the most renowned music in jazz history with self-penned classics such as Doctor Jazz and The Original Jelly Roll Blues. To hear this music live is a rare and delicious thrill.
Lastly, we’re delighted to have the wonderful Vimala Rowe taking the role of Bessie Smith – The Empress of the Blues. Vimala is a spellbinding performer and perfect for interpreting the songs of Bessie which transfixed audiences of nearly 100 years ago with their theatricality and grandeur.
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Children under 18 (accompanied by a full paying adult) & Students under 25: half price
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