"It is, quite simply, one of the most daring and brilliantly executed evenings of jazz entertainment doing the rounds today." (Just Jazz Magazine)
Next Concerts at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square, London
The Roaring Twenties
Saturday 26 September 2020, 7:30
To welcome the 2020s we return to the Jazz Age of a century before and the magnificent music that accompanied the Prohibition Era. For this concert we celebrate five of the biggest names in the jazz and blues of the 1920s – Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith and Bix Beiderbecke.
We’re delighted to feature the world’s greatest exponent of Bix style cornet, Chicago’s Andy Schumm and the renowned pianist and vintage jazz expert Keith Nichols is our Musical Director.
It's Trad Dad
Tuesday 27 October 2020, 7:30pm
The Barber, Bilk and Ballstars play music by Chris Barber, Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball plus Terry Lightfoot, Alex Welsh, Humphrey Lyttelton and more! Before The Beatles Britain was Trad mad and this afternoon’s concert celebrates the music of the late ’50s and early ’60s when the sound of early jazz was adapted to make a uniquely British style. The seven-piece band led by trombonist Ian Bateman features a group of musicians who worked extensively with the big stars of the Trad era and continue to keep the music alive with their superb playing and sheer love of the music.
Bossa Nova With Strings
Sunday 22nd November 2020, 7pm
Music from Antonio Carlos Jobim with Frank Sinatra, Doris Day’s Latin for Lovers and Stan Getz’s wonderful 1962 album Focus featuring string arrangements by Eddie Sauter. Iain Mackenzie returns in the role of Frank Sinatra and is joined by Brazilian singer guitarist Gui Tavaras as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Georgina Jackson sings Doris Day, Mark Crooks recreates Stan Getz and it’s all accompanied by a Big Band plus 22 sumptuous strings.
Swingin' With Strings 2
Saturday 19th June 2021, 7:30pm
The Jazz Repertory Company’s second Swingin’ With Strings concert sees the return of Claire Martin OBE for the launch of her new album Songs and Stories – her first-time collaboration with Jazz Repertory Company regular Callum Au. The combination of Claire’s wonderful singing, Callum’s delightful arrangements and the superb playing of the 50-piece orchestra promises another memorable evening of swinging musical magic.
"Richard Pite’s company thrilled the audience with technical virtuosity, entertained them with sharp and informative links between tunes and at the end of the set won a standing ovation. Simply brilliant!"
- Fred Lindup, (Swanage Jazz Festival)
"Listening to this remarkably versatile small band of musicians tackle the contemporary jazz of Abdullah Ibrahim with the same fervour and intensity as they produced for Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue" or Sidney Bechet's 1920s romping New Orleans jazz was a tremendous experience. Every era is evoked with complete conviction, during the musical equivalent of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, in which none of the major musical soliloquies gets left out."
- Alyn Shipton (BBC Radio 3, The Times)
"Amazingly, Pite’s small-but-perfectly formed quintet does exactly what it says on the flyer. Their pell-mell virtuosity enables them to cross the decades and vault the stylistic hurdles with ease. Genuinely needs to be seen to be believed. Don’t miss out!"
- Peter Vacher (Jazz UK)
Richard Pite's brilliant "100 Years of Jazz in 99 Minutes" eschewed cheap send-ups but was in fact full of real information delivered with humour; this set should be on every festival programme.
- Brian Balin (Jazz UK)