The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties

The Jazz Repertory Company | Rescheduled from 25 Sep 2020

Saturday 25 September 2021, 19:30

Past Event
The Roaring Twenties Past Event


Kerry Shale presenter
Vimala Rowe
Thomas “Spats” Langham
Enrico Tomasso
Peter Rudeforth trumpet
Alistair Allan trombone
Michael McQuaid saxophones/clarinet
Mark Crooks saxophones/clarinet
David Horniblow saxophones/clarinet
Martin Litton piano
Nick Ball drums
Richard Pite drums/sousaphone/double bass
And special guests including singer Janice Day

The 1920s was the Jazz Age and it began with a pandemic. Once the Spanish Flu died down the decade began to roar with a vengeance. As well as the dreaded flu the world had just emerged from the war to end all wars and America was now determined to dampen the spirits even further with Prohibition. Jazz came to the rescue.

We kick out Covid with a celebration of the music that enthralled the gangsters, flappers and Bright Young Things a hundred years ago – a cocktail of hot syncopation and crazy rhythm to chase the blues (and the blue face masks) away.

The Jazz Repertory Company has assembled a dozen of the country’s finest exponents of vintage jazz to recreate the exciting sounds of a period of wild and carefree exhilaration sandwiched between a ghastly bug and the Great Depression. We could all use some of that exhilaration right now.

Join our master of ceremonies Kerry Shale, the glorious singer Vimala Rowe, spectacular trumpet master Enrico Tomasso, piano pounder Martin Litton, novelty nutty percussion professor Nick Ball and many more in an evening featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke. Let’s get the 2020s started!

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.

We have also had to cancel the appearance of American cornetist Andy Schumm due to continuing uncertainties concerning travel and quarantine arrangements between the USA and the UK.

Ticket Information

£37, £29, £24, £19

Children under 18 (accompanied by a full paying adult) & Students under 25: half price

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Watch the video of The Jazz Repertory Company at Cadogan Hall in Louis and Duke in London 1933 starring many of the performers featured in The Roaring ’20s.

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