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Unlike other festivals which only offer a limited selection of semi pro bands, our events are carefully programmed to bring the most creative and professional jazz artistes together to provide an exciting variety of special presentations.




The 16th William Shakespeare Traditional Jazz 'n' Swing Festival

The Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Friday 19th - Sunday 20th October 2018

Only £264 per person Half Board - standard rooms

Single Occupancy: £299


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The Exciting Musical Programme

Friday 19 October
14:00 Swing From Paris - John Wurr, Jonathan Graham, Tim Phillips, Jim Douglas, Keith Donald. Gypsy jazz, Django style

15:00 Remarkable Reeds - Amy Roberts, Ricahrd Exall, Jim Douglas, Keith Donald, John Petters. Award winning saxophonist, flautist and clarinettist, Amy is partnered with ex Chris Barber star, Richard Exall for a sumptuous session swinging jazz standards

17:00 Jazz lecture - by John Petters

18:00 Dinner

19:30 Benny Goodman / Gene Krupa Revisited -Trevor Whiting, Colin Bray, Tim Huskisson, John Petters. An authentic trip back to the ‘30s and the original Benny Goodman Quartet line- up

21:45 Hoagy, Bix'n' Bing - Gary Wood, John Wurr, Mike Pointon, Colin Bray, Jim Douglas, Keith Donald, John Petters, Tim Phillips. These three legends were linked together in the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Both Hoagy and Bing were profoundly influenced by Bix. This show highlights all three.



10:30 Jazz Forum - John Petters spins 8 surprise discs for Mike Pointon, Jim Douglas, John Wurr & Tim Phillips to analyse and discuss


11:30 Walkin' With the King Allen Beechey, Mike Pointon, John Wurr, Jim Douglas, Keith Donald, Tim Phillips. Our popular session of New Orleans hymns & spirituals.


12:30 Karl Hird / Sarah Spencer New Orleans Jazz Band with Jim Douglas, Heather Birt, John Petters. Australia’s star reedman, Karl and New Orleans specialist, Sarah Spencer team up for a stomping session of classics from the Crescent City

13:30 Ken Colyer, Bill Russell & the New Orleans Revival Allen Beechey, Mike Pointon, John Wurr,Tim Phillips, Keith Donald, John Petters. Bill Russell more or less launched the traditional jazz revival in New Orleans. He provided Bunk Johnson with a trumpet and a new set of teeth and set about making the most important jazz records of the 40s. The following decade, Ken Colyer jumped ship to get to New Orleans to learn and play with the veterans. This show celebrates Ken’s legacy, thirty years after his death and that of Bill Russell

15:30 Creole Clarinets John Wurr, Trevor Whiting, Tim Phillips, Colin Bray, Heather Birt. Albert Nicholas, Sidney Bechet, Barney Bigard, Jimmie Noone were all Creoles. This exciting show looks at their styles and repertoire

18:00 Dinner

19:30 Ben Holder & Friends Trevor Whiting, Jim Douglas, Heather Birt, John Petters. The young wizard of the violin leads this handpicked group through an amazing programme of swing classics from the American Songbook

21:45 Satchmo, Bechet & Fats - Alan Bateman, Ian Bateman, Pete Allen, Tim Huskisson, Jim Douglas, Heather Birt, John Petters. Honorary citizen of New Orleans, Pete Allen is well qualified to lead the final set at the festival. Alan Bateman is the closest any one can get to Louis Armstrong, whilst brother, Ian is a formidable force on trombone. The rhythm section guarantees to swing with a frantic heat.











Here's a few photos from November 15

Tim Huskisson, Colin Bray, J J Vinten & John Petters - The Benny Goodman Quartet set.

Amy Roberts, Tim Huskisson, Jim Douglas, Keith Donald & John Petters

Richard Exall, Zoltan Sagi, Jim Douglas, J J Vinten Keith Donald & Jack Amblin.

Dave Browning plays Fats Waller.

Dave Hewett, Heather Birt and Alan Bateman - the Satchmo set.

The finale: Annie Hawkins, Sean Moyses, Ian Bateman, Allen Beechey, John Petters, Pete Allen, Andrew Petters




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The Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire



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