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Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Jazz Repertory Company: 'Midnight in Mayfair' @ Cadogan Hall, London - April 28

I already knew this was going to be a superb concert from the lineup of musicians, many of whom are regulars at the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party. Musical Director Keith Nichols and company did not disappoint. A grand total of 26 songs and two encores celebrating the best of British popular music from the 1920s and 1930s. 

Of particular note was an outstanding rendition of Breakaway, showcasing the full might of Jack Hylton’s Orchestra in 1929, a gorgeous trumpet solo by Enrico Tomasso with Georgia on my Mind, and a wonderful transcription of Jack Payne’s classic, Choo Choo. In between, the walking anecdote book that is Keith Nichols kept us entertained with various stories about the bandleaders and these beautifully melodic songs from years gone by. 

I consider myself a lucky man to have heard so many of these obscure numbers played so well. A true delight. 
Jonathan Holmes

2 comments :

Russell said...

Jonathan, it sounds as though this Cadogan Hall concert was every bit as good as we have come to expect from Keith Nichols. In my Darlington Jazz Festival preview (immediately preceding your review) I refer to several festivals due to take place across the northeast of England during the year. Perhaps one of the promoters will take note of your review and, you never know, Mr Nichols and co could be invited to head 'up north' sometime next year!

EmmaFiskJazzVio said...

What an excellent idea Russell!

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