Louis and The Duke in London
An excellent addition to the programming of jazz festivals, jazz clubs, theatre shows and concerts in London and around the UK, a wonderful night out for all the family.
In the years 1932 and 1933 both Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington made their debutes in London and this show recreates the music that they played when they performed their concerts in London at the world famous London Palladium.
Both Louis and the Duke appeared with top variety acts of the time. Duke was fourteenth on the bill after an evening of juggling, tumbling, magic and novelty items! He finished the evening's entertainment playing such classics as Bugle Call Rag, Black & Tan Fantasy and Mood Indigo.
To recreate this style of presentation we feature several highly entertaining variety acts and to connect us directly with the world of show business of 1933 we have John Sutton who besides being drummer with the Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Chris Barber and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra is the grandson of music hall star Randolph Sutton who appeared on the bill with the Duke.
Keith Nichols and his 14 piece Blue Devils recreate the sound of Duke Ellington's Famous Orchestra in all its majesty. Julia Biel performs as Ivey Anderson in Stormy Weather and It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing.
In the role of Louis Armstrong is trumpeter and singer Enrico Tomasso who is the foremost player of Armstrong style trumpet currently working in the UK. When Rico was just 7 years old he met and played for Louis Armstrong and the two became firm friends for the rest of Louis's life.