New For 2018 - The Louis Armstrong Celebration Jazz Festival

@ The Lanstone Hotel, HAYLING ISLAND, Nr Portsmouth


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A Great New Venue for this Prestigious Festival! The Langstone Hotel is a stunningly individualistic hotel favorably situated on the South Coast between Portsmouth and Chichester on the northern shore of Hayling Island overlooking Langstone Water.


Half board four star en-suite accommodation from £264 pp based on two sharing a standard

£299 pp single occupancy in a standard twin or double room. (VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY PLEASE CALL)
Day Music Only Tickets: £40 Friday and £45 Saturday - must be pre-booked.

Arrive Friday from 13:00. Music starts at 14:00 until 16:30 & 19:30 - 23:00. Dinner is served at 18:00. Breakfast on Saturday Morning and then the entertainment commences at 10:30, running through till 
16:30 and19:30- 23:00 with dinner at 18:00.

The Musical Menu

We have specially selected twenty of the hottest traditional jazz and swing musicians with a mix of young, exciting new performers and a galaxy of legendary stars who have performed and recorded with some of the original American pioneers of jazz, including Wild Bill Davison, Art Hodes, Red Allen, Cap’n John Handy, Billy Butterfield and such British legends as Ken Colyer, Humphrey Lyttelton, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Chris Barber etc.

From Ragtime, Classic Jazz, New Orleans Revival, Swing, Dixieland and the American Songbook - there will be something for everybody.

Drums: John Petters & Tim Phillips.

Trumpets: Andy Dickens, Alan Bateman, Allen Beechey.

Trombones: Mike Pointon & Ian Bateman.

Clarinet / Saxes: Pete Allen, Amy Roberts, Ricahrd Exall, John Wurr, Trevor Whiting,Violin: Ben Holder.

Vibraphone: Colin Bray.

Piano: Martin Litton & Colin Bray..

Guitar / Banjo: Jim Douglas, Tim Phillips, Jon Graham,

Double Bass: Heather Birt & Keith Donald.


The Exciting Musical Programme

Friday 16th November

14:00 Amy Roberts / Richard Exall Festival Band with Jim Douglas, Keith Donald, John Petters.This will be a sensational session of swinging, hot music.

18:00 Dinner

19:30 Benny Goodman / Gene Krupa Celebration with Tevor Whiting, Colin Bray, Martin Litton & John Petters. The authentic sound of this iconic quartet, recreated for your pleasure and delight.


21:45 Salute to Satchmo, featuring Alan Bateman, Ian Bateman, Trevor Whiting, Martin Litton Jim Douglas, Keith Donald, John Petters.
A trip back to the 1950s Louis Armstrong Allstars style.

Saturday 17th November


09:30 The Jazz Forum - John Petters spins 8 surprise discs and gets the views of his panel of experts.

10:30 Blame it on the Blues - Bechet Tribute - Trevor Whiting, John Wurr, Martin Litton, Keith Donald, John Petters. In 1997, to mark the Bechet centenary, Trevor Whiting and John Wurr arranged a recording of Bechet classics, which sold out! Here is a special chance to hear these arrangements live!


12:30 Ken Colyer 30th Anniversary - Allen Beechey, Mike Pointon, John Wurr, Tim Phillips, Heather Birt, John Petters. Ken Colyer was a key part of the traditional jazz revival in the 50s. He had a unique approach. Thirty years after his death, some of his former sidemen recall his music in this wonderful and affectionate tribute.

14:30 Lester Young & the Kansas City Sessions - John Wurr, Andy Dickens, Jim Douglas, Heather Birt, Tim Phillips, John Petters. The small independent record label, Commodore,assembled a remarkable small group from the Count Basie Band, featuring the incredible Lester Young, on both clarient and tenor sax. This line-up will recapture the feel of this wonderful ensemble.

!8:00 Dinner

19:30: The amazing young violin wizard, Ben Holder, will lead a special quartet for a no holds barred tour-de-force. This exciting set comprises ex Alex Welsh guitarist, Jim Douglas, Heather Birt, Bass & John Petters, drums.

21:45: Pete Allen's Festival Jazz Band - Andy Dickens, Martin Litton, Keith Donald, Tim Phillips. An outstanding line-up led by the internatioanlly acclaimed clarinettist, Pete Allen. This session of steaming hot traditional jazz will be a fitting conclusion to your special weekend of jazz

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John Petters Productions
New House Farm
Hospital Drove
Long Sutton
PE12 9EN
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1406 365731

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