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Win tickets to see JAZZ IN NEW YORK: THE 1930s (Saturday, September 19th at 7.30pm) at London’s Cadogan Hall

JAZZ IN NEW YORK: THE 1930s (Saturday, September 19th at 7.30pm) at London’s Cadogan Hall

Featuring the music of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Eddie Condon, Lee Wiley and Mildred Bailey.

The Jazz Repertory Company takes you on a whistle-stop tour around Manhattan visiting its nightclubs, dance halls, bars and recording studios which, 80 years ago, pulsated to the swinging sounds of some of the greatest names in jazz.

The BBC’s Alyn Shipton is our tour guide and a dozen of the finest ‘Classic Jazz’ specialists recreate with stunning authenticity and excitement the era when Swing was King. 

It begins in 1937 with music from The Madhattan Room at Midtown’s Hotel Pennsylvania where Chicagoan Benny Goodman, The King of Swing, is resident. Benny’s effervescent playing is captured perfectly by German clarinet star Matthias Seuffert. From here, a cab ride to Greenwich Village and Nick’s Club where Eddie Condon and his band are cooking up a storm with their freewheeling Chicago jazz style.

Keeping with our Chicagoans in New York theme we then feature our very own Chicago Chanteuse, Joan Viskant, paying tribute to the great singers Lee Wiley and Mildred Bailey. The first set finishes with the music of Harlem’s ‘Cheerful Little Earful’: Fats Waller. Keith Nichols leads his six piece through some of the most well-loved Fats compositions such as Your Feet’s Too Big and The Joint is Jumpin’.

Vibraphone virtuoso Anthony Kerr kicks off the second set performing as Lionel Hampton and taking us to New York’s RCA Victor studios in 1938 where Hamp’s dizzying small band sessions included some of the top New York jazzmen of the day such as Benny Carter and Harry James.

2015 is the centenary of the ever-popular Billie Holiday and we celebrate with singer Julia Biel who captures Billie’s sound and style perfectly in a set of some of Billie’s marvellous recordings with Teddy Wilson and Lester Young. Pianist Martin Litton takes on the role of Duke Ellington and we’re back in the RCA studios with Duke’s small band starring such luminaries as Johnny Hodges and Cootie Williams.

The concert finishes with a tribute to the biggest name in jazz, Louis Armstrong (played by maestro Enrico Tomasso reprising his role as the great ‘Satchmo’). In 1938 Louis was joined by Fats Waller, Bud Freeman, Jack Teagarden and a hotter-than-hot rhythm section on a Saturday Night in Harlem session on radio station WNEW. The wonderful music that ensued makes for a fitting climax to this round-up of jazz in 1930’s New York.

7:30pm, Saturday, September 19th
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace
London SW1X 9DQ

Competition closing date

Sunday, 6 September 2015 - 11:59pm

Competition prize

To win 1 of 2 pairs of tickets to see JAZZ IN THE NEW YORK: THE 1930s at 7:30pm, Saturday, September 19th at the Cadogan Hall; simply answer the question below:-


Laura Nice and Sharon Nevin

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Tickets are valid only for JAZZ IN THE NEW YORK: THE 1930s at 7:30pm, Saturday, September 19th at the Cadogan Hall only. Subject to availaibility. Prize is stated and cannot be transferred or exchanged. No cash alternative will be offered.

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