top of page

A wonderful addition to the what's on pages of jazz festivals and theatre shows, featuring music from Jazz On A Summer's Day, High Society & Ellington at Newport 1956.  First seen at London's Cadogan Hall as part of the London Jazz Festival.

The Newport Jazz Festival; The 1950s

Read reviews of our Cadogan Hall London Jazz Festival performance here.

One of The Jazz Repertory Company's Cadogan Hall concerts in London.  We celebrate 60 years of the famous Newport Jazz Festival, concentrating on the 1950s and the great jazz musicians such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong who performed there.

​A concert celebrating the early years of one of the world's great jazz festivals.  In 1956 Duke Ellington’s Orchestra came to Newport and presented a concert which George Wein described as "the greatest performance of Ellington's career... It stood for everything that jazz had been and could be."


Our concert features music from the best- selling Ellington at Newport 1956 album including Jeep’s Blues (recently featured in the hit movie “American Hustle”) and the legendary Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue famous for its 27 choruses from Ellington’s sax star Paul Gonsalves in a performance that created pandemonium on the night and subsequently revived the fortunes of Ellington and his Orchestra.


The 1958 festival was featured in the movie “Jazz On A Summer’s Day” and we recreate some of the music which was stunningly captured on film by photographer Bert Stern.   Louis Armstrong’s Allstars provide the link from one famous Newport movie to another – High Society. 

Louis was featured alongside Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly and the marvellous music  was penned by Cole Porter.  We temporarily leave the stage of the Festival to mix with the rich of Newport in their mansions, gardens and yachts in such numbers as You’re Sensational, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, True Love and I Love You Samantha.  Not strictly jazz but joyous music worthy of inclusion in our tribute.

Concert Photography:

Our Newport Jazz Festival Cast:

Iain Mackenzie as Frank Sinatra

Thomas "Spats" Langham as Bing Crosby

Georgina Jackson as Anita O'Day & Grace Kelly

Enrico Tomasso as Louis Armstrong

The Orchestra directed by Pete Long

bottom of page