Peggy, Duke & Benny
Great For Theatre Shows & Jazz Festivals
The hit songs of Peggy Lee and the music of Duke Ellington performed in the style of the Benny Goodman Quartet. A unique coming together of three of the greatest names in jazz for a wonderfully entertaining programme of much loved classics and fascinating, rarely heard repertoire.
The line-up features a selection of the biggest names on today’s jazz scene: Georgina Jackson - vocals/trumpet, Pete Long - clarinet, Nick Dawson - piano, Anthony Kerr - vibes, Dave Chamberlain - bass, Richard Pite - drums.
Pete Long writes:
This show came about, as most good things do, largely by accident! I've been organising for the last few years the music for the summer Jazz concert at the RAC country club in Epsom. They do like to have a theme with their jazz concerts, and we'd organised for them concerts of, amongst others, Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong.
Last year, we were trying to come up with something. I'd been going around the theatres with my Benny Goodman show, and Georgina had been broadcasting the Peggy Lee songbook with the BBC big band. I'd always fancied the idea doing a dedicated Benny Goodman small band show, and as Peggy's first job was with Benny in the 1940's, there was a link there to easily include Georgina and to take advantage of all the work she'd put in for the Beeb!
In the 1960's, Peggy worked with the Great Duke Ellington on the movie "Anatomy Of A Murder", and even co-wrote the dark but intensely groovy "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'". As one of my great heroes is Duke Ellington, it felt natural to include his big songs in the set and so the show was born.
The nucleus of the band was formed from another show that I was touring with at the time, called "100 Years Of Jazz in 99 Minutes". The guys in the rhythm section there really know how to swing, and each has a CV as long as Simon Cowell's tax return! All we needed was a good man on Vibes. While Georgina was working at the BBC, she struck up a friendship there with the great Anthony Kerr, and so the band was born!
London Concert Reviews:
'I didn't think I’d ever fall in love with a girl from Wigan but I did tonight. That was wonderful!'
'Several UK divas have produced Peggy Lee-themed shows and albums lately, but the star of this classy new trawl recalls her style more vividly than any of the others. Check out the gentle delivery ... you will recognise much of Peggy’s velvety warmth and spot-on intonation. Even on up-tempo numbers her phrasing retains its unhurried charm and musicality.'
London Evening Standard