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100 Years of Jazz

The Jazz Repertory Company


Pete Long
saxophones, flute, trumpet
Enrico Tomasso
trumpet, trombone, vocals
Nick Dawson
piano, clarinet, vocals
Dave Chamberlain
double bass, guitar, banjo, drums, piano
Richard Pite
drums, tuba, double bass
Georgina Jackson
vocals, trumpet

This is the first time that a show encompassing the history of jazz from its beginnings in Ragtime through to the present day has ever been presented.

The six multi-instrumental jazz virtuosi create a highly entertaining journey through the decades taking in everything from New Orleans to Be Bop, Swing to Latin, Hot to Cool, from Chicago and New York to around the world. An A to Z of jazz’s biggest names from Louis Armstrong to Joe Zawinul live again in the ensemble’s brilliant recreations.

The music is interspersed with fascinating stories from the music’s history as well as the inimitable humour of the band’s musical director Pete Long.

‘It is, quite simply, one of the most daring and brilliantly executed evenings of jazz entertainment doing the rounds today.’
(Jazz Journal)

Scott Joplin • Buddy Bolden • W C Handy • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band • Louis Armstrong • Sidney Bechet • Clarence Williams • Bessie Smith • Bix Beiderbecke • Frankie Trambauer • Jelly Roll Morton • Earl Hines • Fats Waller • Gene Krupa • Benny Goodman • Coleman Hawkins • Duke Ellington • Jimmy Blanton • Johnny Hodges • Ben Webster • Count Basie • Lester Young • Dizzy Gillespie • Charlie Parker • Charlie Mingus • Bud Powell • Max Roach • Chet Baker • Gerry Mulligan • Sonny Rollins • Art Tatum • Thelonius Monk • Erroll Garner • Oscar Peterson • Miles Davis • John Coltrane • Bill Evans • Paul Desmond • Dave Brubeck • Joe Morello • Nat and Cannonball Adderley • Herbie Hancock • Joe Zawinul • Wayne Shorter • Jaco Patorius • Quincy Jones • Abdullah Ibrahim

‘It is, quite simply, one of the most daring and brilliantly executed evenings of jazz entertainment doing the rounds today.’

Jazz Journal

‘In Pete Long, reeds player, raconteur, bandleader and all-round wit, we have a genuine home-grown treasure. If his projects – Echoes of Ellington chief among them – have attracted few column inches in the past, it is partly because Long, who knows this music inside out, appears to wear his expertise so lightly. In another life, he might easily have been a vaudeville entertainer.’

Clive Davis, The Times

‘Listening to this remarkably versatile small band of musicians tackle the contemporary jazz of Abdullah Ibrahim with the same fervour and intensity as they produced for Miles Davis’s ‘Kind of Blue’ or Sidney Bechet’s 1920s romping New Orleans jazz was a tremendous experience. Every era is evoked with complete conviction, during the musical equivalent of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, in which none of the major musical soliloquies gets left out.’

Alyn Shipton (Presenter of Radio 3’s Jazz Library, Jazz Critic for The Times and author of A New History of Jazz.)

‘Amazingly, Pite’s small-but-perfectly formed quintet does exactly what it says on the flyer. Their pell-mell virtuosity enables them to cross the decades and vault the stylistic hurdles with ease. Genuinely needs to be seen to be believed. Don’t miss out!’

Peter Vacher, Jazz UK

‘Richard Pite’s brilliant ’100 Years of Jazz in 99 Minutes’ eschewed cheap send-ups but was in fact full of real information delivered with humour; this set should be on every festival programme.’

Brian Balin, Jazz UK

‘Richard Pite’s One Hundred Years of Jazz thrilled the audience with technical virtuosity, entertained them with sharp and informative links between tunes and at the end of the set won a standing ovation. Simply brilliant!’

Fred Lindup, Swanage Jazz Festival

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