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Louis and The Duke in London

An 80th anniversary celebration


  • Keith Nichols and his Blue Devils
  • Enrico Tomasso’s Allstars
Russell Davies
Thomas “Spats” Langham
ukukele virtuoso
Nick Lumley
(appearing as Max Miller)
Julia Biel
John Sutton
novelty percussionist
Ciana Skeete
jazz hoofer
Tim Batt
comedy juggler
  • Richard Pite’s Syncopated Paraphernalia

In 1932 Louis Armstrong created a sensation when he appeared at the London Palladium and a year later Duke Ellington’s Famous Orchestra became the talk of the town when they topped the bill at the same venue. In 1933 Louis returned to England as he had to escape problems caused by being caught between rival mobsters in the US (a situation reminiscent of the BBC’s recent drama Dancing on the Edge).

The wonderful music performed by the two most important jazz men in history is recreated by Keith Nichols and his Blue Devils and Enrico Tomasso’s Allstars featuring members of the Bryan Ferry Orchestra and The Pasadena Roof Orchestra. Also on the bill will be a recreation of the finest variety acts of 1933 including Nick Lumley as Max Miller. The evening is presented by Radio 2’s Russell Davies.

Promoted by:
EFG London Jazz Festival and The Jazz Repertory Company
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