This is the second time around for Swinging Down Memory Lane.
The original production was put together to mark the 75th birthday of one of Britain's original jazz legends - the late George Chisholm OBE. We also had the pleasure of the wonderful singing star, Miss Maxine Daniels, who sadly died last year. The show played to full houses all over the country as well as a broadcast on BBC Radio 2. Last year we decided to revive the show with an entirely new cast and an exciting new programme.
The Great American Songbook.
From the early 1900s until, roughly speaking, 1950, the American popular song reigned supreme. From the creative geniuses of of such tune-smiths as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael and many others came the golden evergreen songs that dominated the Broadway musical, the films of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and the soundtrack to World War ll. Sinatra, King Cole, Ella, Billie, Anita and Peggy all relied on this amazing body of work for inspiration.
Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa and Benny Goodman helped to popularise tyhe jazz and swing era with their interpretation of this unique music.
SWINGING DOWN THE LANE introduction
JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS vocal Nick Dawson
RIDIN' HIGH Vocal Val Wiseman
I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN'T GOOD vocal Val Wiseman
AFTER YOU'VE GONE James Evans, Nick Dawson & John Petters
ROUTE 66 Vocal Nick Dawson
A FINE ROMANCE Vocal Nick Dawson & Val Wiseman
MACK THE KNIFE Vocal Nick Dawson
LET'S GET LOST Vocal Nick Dawson
JEEPERS CREEPERS Vocal John Petters
LOVER COME BACK TO ME Vocal Val Wiseman
DRUMMIN' MAN Vocal Val Wiseman
OPUS ONE Vocal Val Wiseman
WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? Vocal Nick Dawson
BLUE SKIES Vocal John Petters
TOP HAT WHITE TIE AND TAILS Vocal Nick Dawson
OH YOU CRAZY MOON Vocal Nick Dawson
LAURA featuring James Evans, clarinet
I GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU VERY WELL Vocal Val Wiseman
ONE MORNING IN MAY Vocal James Evans
IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME Vocal Val Wiseman
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN Vocal John Petters
ALL OF ME Vocal Nick Dawson
I CAN'T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE Vocal Val Wiseman
SWINGING DOWN THE LANE Vocal Nick Dawson & Val Wiseman
John Petters : Drums & Leader ("…England's finest traditional Jazz drummer.." The Mississippi Rag, USA). Born in London, John Petters is regarded as one of the UK's top traditional jazz and swing drummers. Self taught, he was influenced primarily by the great Gene Krupa and developed a driving swinging style whether soloing or accompanying.
Val Wiseman : Vocals "..The Jazz idiom comes to her so naturally that her simplest phrase swings .." Dave Gelly - The Observer
Always a big draw wherever she plays, Val has a natural understanding of jazz time and phrasing. She has been playing the role of Billie Holliday in Lady Sings The Blues - a tough assignment, yet Val, who has made a lifelong study of Billie's music succeeded in getting uncannily close to her idol whilst avoiding the danger of becoming a clone.
Nick Dawson : Piano Vocals & Arranger "…He sounds like a young Sinatra .." Jon Richards BBC Radio
Royal College of Music educated, Nick is a unique performer. A young performer with a musical maturity far beyond his years. A jazz musician from the age of 11, he starred in the hit show 'S Wonderful and has been featured on many top selling jazz CDs.
James Evans : Clarinet & saxophones
James is another young performer who simply exudes excitement. He recently fronted a hand picked band of musicians for a recording session in New Orleans. He is also a composer of considerable originality.
Keith Donald : Bass
A band member since the '70s, Keith a a natural musician with an uncanny ear, which has enabled him to share the stage with such legends as Lonnie Donegan, Ken Colyer and Slim Gaillard.
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John Petters with Kenny Davern