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The ARC, St John's Arts Centre,

St John's Walk, Market St, Old Harlow,

CM17 0AJ

Adm: £10

Contact: John Petters: 01406 365 731


Press Release - Jackie Free's Chicagoans @ St John's Arts Centre - Thursday 26th January 2017

8pm - Adm: £10


A feast of Dixieland jazz is sure to delight fans at St John's Arts Centre, (St John's Walk, Market St Old Harlow), when Epping based veteran trombonist, Jackie Free brings his Chicagoans to the Arc.


This all star line-up will present an evening of traditional jazz classics routed in the days of prohibition in gangster controlled Chicago during the roaring 20s.


Jackie Free, now 84 years old and blowing strong, is one of the few surviving musicians who played with Louis Armstrong in the 1950s.


During the Trad boom, which lasted until the Beatles hit the scene, Jack could be heard with the famous Freddy Randall Jazz Band.


During the '80s, he appeared and recorded with legendary American stars, Yank Lawson, Wild Bill Davison, Art Hodes and Billy Butterfield. A video of his performance with Davison and Hodes, at a sell-out concert at the Playhouse can be found on Youtube (click image below)

Joining Jackie will be start trumpeter, Rico Tomasso, who met Louis Armstrong as young boy and was inspired to play like him. Rico is one of the leading trumpeters in Europe and this will be his first visit to St John's.


Former Chris Barber star, John Crocker, always a popular visitor to St John's will play clarinet and tenor saxophone, whilst Tim Huskisson returns on piano.


The line-up is completed by Murray Salmon on double bass and John Petters on drums.

The session starts at 8pm and admission is only £10.


Details from 01406 365 731

















Admission is only £10. Details from 01406 365 731 and




Drawing from a repertoire ranging from Ragtime to New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland, Swing and the American Songbook, this show is guaranteed to delight all present.


Admission is only £10 and the session starts at 8PM.

Further details Tel: 01406 365 731





Jpeg photos available upon request.





Ticket info - call 800-555-1212

The Arc -St John's, Harlow

St John's Arts Centre
St John's Walk
Market Street
Old Harlow
CM17 0AJ

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Thursday 26th January - Jackie Free's Chicagoans

St John's Arts Centre