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!