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100 Years of Big Band Jazz in 99 Minutes

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
A Swinging Sequel That's Bolder Than Ever

This year the The Jazz Repertory Company has taken residence at Cadogan Hall to present authentic live recreations of the greatest music in jazz history.

Events take place sporadically throughout the year, and next on the cards is 100 Years of Big Band Jazz in 99 Minutes. The first concert that took place in 2013 was a sell out, featuring virtuosi and a dozen of the UK's finest jazz talents.

On the 15th June a 'swinging sequel' is set to be bigger and bolder' with the seventeen-piece Pete Long Big Band. Star peformers in the ban include Enrico Tomasso on the trumpet, Nick Dawson on the piano, Dave Chamberlain with his double bass and bass guitar, Richard Pite on the drums, and the vocal magic of Iain Mackenzie and Georgina Jackson.

Tickets are between 15-30, and you will be taken on a journey from World War One to present day. The concert will start with James Reese Europe ragtime, whose hundred and twenty-five piece band played at the Cadogan in 1912. During the war, The African America bandleader took his group to the Western Front introduced the sounds of American Ragtime to the troops.

They'll then move onto the 1920s to highlight American bandleader Paul Whiteman, followed by the swinging sounds of the thirties and forties. Part two will features songs by Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Bert Kaempfert, and a nod to Robbie Williams.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: 15th June
Phone: 020 7730 4500
Where: Cadogan Hall
Cost: 15-30
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