Take a step back into 1920s & ’30s New York City and through the doors of Harlem’s hottest nightclub, ‘The Cotton Club’!
Sunday 13 August 7:30pm, Concord College £25
‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ is the action-packed show celebrating the music and dance of the Cotton Club – New York’s most celebrated nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s.
Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller would have had the club swinging – whilst dancers such as Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit-up the stage with their breathtaking routines.
In this show, the exhilarating dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous Lindy Hop Dance Company and the show’s special guest tap-dancer, alongside The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, featuring American vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington.
“A positive pleasure to behold” The Guardian
The Lindy Hop Dance Company are the UK’s finest authentic jazz dance company. They are perhaps best known for their spectacular and breathtaking performances of the Lindy Hop – the original form of jive dancing that developed in Harlem in the late 1920’s. However, their talent and versatility is also expressed in the range of dances they perform all influenced by the authentic jazz dance tradition.
The dance company’s personnel are drawn from the very best UK dance talent with its members having performed at events such as New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors Festival, alongside the Boston Pops Orchestra at the Boston Symphony Hall and at Proms in the Park concert in London’s Hyde Park.
The energy, excitement and enthusiasm of this highly talented and professional company of dancers continues to create a huge demand for performances and workshops throughout the world. Don’t miss your chance to see the UK’s premier jazz-dance company.
Just some of the dances that will be featured in the show include: The Lindy Hop, The Black Bottom, The Charleston, The One Man Dance, The Big Apple, Chorus Tap and The Soft Shoe Shuffle … amongst many other specialist Tap and spectacular Swing dances.
“..the dancers who leave the crowd whistling and baying for more” The Guardian
The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra specialises in recreating the jazz and hot dance music of the 1920s and 1930s with characteristics drive and visual appeal. The Orchestra has toured extensively in Britain, Europe and Scandinavia and claims the title of ‘Europe’s Hottest Jazz Orchestra’.
Using its own special arrangements of familiar as well as the less well known numbers from the repertoires of the famous bands of the period, the Orchestra has extensive experience of a wide variety of venues and events, appearing at numerous Festivals, Concerts and TV programmes across Europe.
It is the collective capacity to communicate the exuberance of the music and humour of the Jazz Age that give The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra such unique strength.
Just a selection of the music that will be featured in show includes:
Minnie The Moocher; C Jam Blues; The Charleston; Drum Crazy; Black Beauty; Everybody Loves My Baby; That Lindy Hop; Jubilee Stomp; It Don’t Mean A Thing If Ain’t Got That Swing … and much, much more.
“…finger snappin’ good” The Times
“The real thing” Sunday Telegraph