On Monday evening The Princes Theatre was almost full with members of the Arts and Literary Society enjoying “100 Years of Jazz in 99 minutes”, featuring The Jazz Repertory Company, consisting of six multi instrumentalists, playing over twenty instruments, and performing the most significant music in jazz history.
Firstly the pianist opened the evening on stage playing music from ‘The Entertainer’, whilst four others made their way down the stairs in the auditorium playing the Dixieland Funeral March. Their musical journey commenced in 1917 taking us through a highly entertaining journey over the decades, including everything from New Orleans to Be Bop, Swing to Latin, Chicago and New York to around the World, interspersed with fascinating historical stories and featuring the music of Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman and many more.
The evening was enhanced with beautiful vocal and lively renditions of some well-known favourites including ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ and ‘It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing’.
February 20th –Tonight we have THE JAZZ REPERTORY COMPANY performing ‘100 YEARS OF JAZZ IN 90 MINUTES’. Diligently researched, the musicians aim to recreate jazz history as authentically as possible with many favourite pieces. Sponsored by member Keith Middleton in memory of his wife Ann who was a long time member of the Society