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Bringing Back the Magic of 40s Jazz
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On the 2nd July, 1944 the American jazz music impresario, Norman Granz brought presented 'A Jazz Concert at the Philharmonic Auditorium' in Los Angeles. Featuring well known bands and singers such as Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker, it proved an instant hit. Many more concerts were put on, following a winning formula of small band performances for the first half, followed by jam sessions and contests.
Shortened to 'Jazz at the Philharmonic' by the press, its popularity saw world tours, with many of the live concerts recorded for LP records, in which you can hear the roars of approval from fans. Jazz at the Philharmonic - or JATP, as it came to be known - continued right into the eighties, and now, to celebrate its seventieth anniversary, Cadogan Hall will see a reprise.
On the 14th September at 3.30pm, thirteen of the UK's finest jazz musicians will bring this hugely popular and important part of jazz history back to life. The band will be led by master clarinetist, Pete Long, and there will also be performances from saxophonist, Ray Gelato, and guest vocalists, Nicola Emmanuelle and Georgina Jackson.