80 years ago in October 1939 the two most popular names of the Swing Era met up at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Clarinettist and bandleader Pete Long and his 14-piece orchestra recreate this hugely entertaining “Battle of the Big Bands” featuring such classic hits as In The Mood, Sing Sing Sing, One O’Clock Jump, Bach Goes To Town, Little Brown Jug, Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), Bugle Call Rag, Stairway To The Stars, Don’t Be That Way, and many more…
The music of Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Artie Shaw and Clifford Brown. Our 2019 London EFG Jazz Festival concert is our biggest production yet with twenty two string players and a harpist joining our seventeen piece big band, forming the 40-piece Pete Long Orchestra. Enjoy Nelson Riddle’s string charts for Frank Sinatra in all their glory, Claire Martin performing music from Billie Holiday’s 1958 album Lady in Satin, Pete Long playing Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet, Ryan Quigley recreating Clifford Brown with Strings and Sammy Maine performing music from the most famous of all instrumental jazz albums – Charlie Parker with Strings.
Keith Nichols is one of the most respected and accomplished musicians in the world of vintage jazz. MIDNIGHT IN MAYFAIR features Keith’s 16-piece Mayfair Orchestra (with violins) and singers Thomas “Spats” Langham and Janice Day in a programme of music from the great bandleaders such as Bert Ambrose, Billy Cotton, Jack Hylton and many more.
A St George’s Day special as the Jazz Repertory Company turns its attention to home-grown jazz talent (and several musicians from overseas who made their names here). We begin in the grand hotels and dance halls of pre-war England and move through the decades winding up with some of the innovative and fascinating (and uniquely British) sounds of stars such as John Dankworth, Tubby Hayes and Stan Tracey. Pete Long and his Big Band will be joined by an array of special guests.
The Jazz Repertory Company has presented sell-out concerts at Cadogan Hall and around the UK recreating the famous Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall concerts of 1938 and 1939 (when he shared the stage with Glenn Miller). Now we turn our attention to many of the great names in jazz history who have performed in America’s most famous concert hall, beginning in 1912 with the extraordinary sounds of the almost all but forgotten star of early jazz James Reese Europe and featuring great big band music from Louis Armstrong, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton.
Following on from Cadogan Hall’s 2016 sell out show - 1956 a Jazz Jubilee, the superb musicians from the Jazz Repertory Company return to perform some of the great music of 1957. In Ella Fitzgerald’s centenary year we’ll feature songs from the Duke Ellington Songbook and Ella’s two great albums with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder, Sinatra’s Swingin’ Affair, and Miles Davis and Gil Evans' Miles Ahead. The Pete Long Orchestra with singers Iain Mackenzie and Georgina Jackson are once again featured and there’ll be a few surprises too.
1956 was a great year for jazz with many wonderful albums released – in this concert we’ll be revisiting five of the very best – Ella Fitzgerald’s Cole Porter Songbook, Count Basie’s April In Paris and The Atomic Mr Basie, Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle’s magnificent Songs For Swinging Lovers, and Duke Ellington At Newport. In addition we'll give you a taste of the exciting Jazz At The Philharmonic.
Because 99 Minutes just wasn't enough... The sequel to the only history of jazz from its Ragtime birth to the present day - in some more hilarious, musically brilliant, historically fascinating minutes! Once again we go back to the beginning of jazz and come right up to date, but this time around we get to play all the music we couldn't fit in the first time. We start off in 1902 and wind our way to the present day with many fascinating features along the way to illustrate how jazz changed.
The return of the show that sold out Cadogan Hall in 2014 – The Battle of the Big Bands. A year after Benny’s triumphant Carnegie Hall 1938 debut he returned; and this time The King of Swing challenged the new kid on the block, Glenn Miller. Both bands were out to impress, and the result was one of the hardest hitting nights in swing music’s history.
The musical equivalent of the Reduced Shakespeare Company! Returning to Cadogan Hall after its sell out debut in 2013 this show encompasses the history of jazz from its beginnings in Ragtime to the present day. The six multi-instrumental jazz virtuosi create a highly entertaining journey through the decades. An A to Z of jazz’s biggest names, interspersed with fascinating and humorous stories from the music’s history.
1938 Carnegie Hall; the world's greatest jazz concert; the first million selling jazz album. Pete Long presents a superb recreation of one of the greatest concerts in jazz history. Benny’s line up included stars such as trumpeters Harry James and Ziggy Elman, drummer Gene Krupa and pianist Jess Stacey. “An evening of fabulous music that swings like crazy, it’s a great night out not to be missed!” (Jon Hancock)
The only history of jazz from its Ragtime birth to the present day - in 99 hilarious, musically brilliant, historically fascinating minutes. "The musical equivalent of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, in which none of the major musical soliloquies gets left out." Alyn Shipton (Radio 3's Jazz Library, The Times ).
We’re pleased to announce that the first of several residencies in London and the Home Counties is now underway. The last Monday of every month sees the Jazz At The Phil gang up at the Jungle Bar in Hertford. In a brilliant marketing ploy we’ve called the evening The Hot Jazz Fight Club but it’s the Jazz At The Phil concept and we’ve had two fantastic nights there already. www.junglebarhertford.com
It's been over 40 years since a complete programme of the music of Paul Whiteman has been heard in London. Now Keith is back with a 26-piece orchestra (including half a dozen violins) and a programme that features jazz piano titan Nick Dawson in Rhapsody in Blue.
We celebrate two of the greatest stars in the history of soul music. The music of Ray Charles is recreated by Jeremy Sassoon’s 17 piece Ray Charles Project and Liz Fletcher takes the role of Nina Simone backed by her magnificent quartet, and the great guitarist Nigel Price.
Following on from our sell out show featuring the music of 1956 and our rapidly selling out show of the finest jazz of 1957 we present 1958: A JAZZ JAMBOREE. This was the year of Sinatra’s Come Fly With Me, Ella’s Irving Berlin Songbook and a great year too for the young Nina Simone and the budding superstar Ray Charles. A great evening packed with superb music featuring singers Georgina Jackson, Iain Mackenzie, Jeremy Sassoon and the 17-piece Pete Long Orchestra.