Award winning jazz singer, Val Wiseman returns to St John’s Arts Centre, Old Harlow on Saturday (27th October) at 3PM for a session of classic songs from the American Songbook.

Songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and tributes to such great divas as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald will be part of the mix, when Val joins John Petters Swing Band for this memorable event.

Featured in the band will be Cambridge based tenor saxophonist, Andy Bowie, pianist, Tim Huskisson and Harlow bassist Keith Donald. Ex Harlow drumming man, John Petters will lead this special session which promises to delight all lovers of good music.

Tickets are £12 on door. 

Details: 01406 365 731

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I received a positive response to last week's show of the Armstrong Allstars live from 1949. 

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This week, I go back 2 years to 1947 and the famous symphone Hall Concert with the same line-up except Dick cary is at the pian9o.

There are two rivetting Big Sid Catlett drums solos as well and the band really cooks.

(pm UK time this evening (20:00 utc/gmt or 22:00 Eurpoeann time). The show is repeated at 00:00 Thursday morning UK time, 23:00 UTC /gmt)

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Tonight's Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz turns the spotlight on one of the most colourful characters in Jazz, Thomas Wright 'Fats' Waller, born 1904 and died at the tragically early age of 39, in 1943


Fats is best remembered by the general public for his hit single, 'My Very Good Friend the Milkman', which was regularly requested on the BBC Light Programme, and later Radio 2, in the days when the BBC cared about music.

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Fats was much more!

Harlem stride piano virtuoso, singer, entertainer, and composer of some of the American songbook evergreens, such as "Ain't Misbehavin'", "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Squeeze Me".

He was also a fine classical organist.

Tune in tonight at 9pm UK time (20:00 utc / gmt or 10pm European time).

The show is repeated on Thursday at 00:00 (23:00 GMT Wednesday)

Listen Live Here @ 9pm Monday 24th September

Tonight's Now You Has Jazz, Jazz,Jazz on the Sound of Spitfire features a live concert by the best of the Louis Armstrong All Stars, from 1949. This was the band which featured Big Sid Catlett, one of the greatest jazz drummers, along with Barney Bigard, clarinet, Jack Teagarden, trombone and vocals, Earl Fatha Hines, piano, Arvell Shaw, bass and Velma Middleton, vocals. 




Sid was to leave the band not long afterwards, to be replaced by Cozy Cole - another fine drummer, but not in Sid's league. Kenny john followed Cozy, who in turn was followed by Barrett Deems, the last of the top drawer drummers the band had. 

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Great though any period of Louis is, I seldom listen to the later All Stars, preferring this earlier line-up when the band was at its best.

Tune in at 9pm tonight (Monday 1st October) UK time (20:00 utc/gmt 22:00 european time).

The show is repeated on Thursday morning at 00:00 hours (23:00 Wednesday utc /gmt or 01;00 European time.

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Saturday 29th September 2018 @ 3pm

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Admission: £12

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St John's Arts Centre

St John's Walk

Market Street

Old Harlow



CM17 0AJ

Harlow music lovers are in for a treat this autumn with an exciting series of traditional jazz and swing concerts set for the ARC (St John’s Arts Centre, St John’s walk, Market St. Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ). The season commences on Saturday 29th September at 3 pm with ex Harlow drummin’ man, John Petters Dixie Five and a programme of hot Dixieland.

Featured in the line-up will be star trumpeter, Gary Wood, clarinet and soprano saxophonist, Duncan Batchelor, piano professor, Martin Litton and Harlow’s own bass ace, Keith Donald.

Admission is just £12. Get there early – for this is guaranteed to be a concert to remember for those lucky enough to attend.

Both Petters and Donald recorded a new CD with the swing violinist Ben Holder and guitarist Jim Douglas, which came about as a result of the exciting gig at the Arc in July. The CD will be released in October.


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