The Jazz Repertory Company’s 19-piece Orchestra
Martin Wheatley banjos and musical director
Keith Nichols piano and musical director
Nikki Santilli and Patrick Hood dancers
Celebrate a decade of the Jazz Repertory Company’s authentic musical recreations at Cadogan Hall with our most vintage of vintage jazz shows. Join banjo, guitar and ukulele maestro Martin Wheatley and his orchestra for a delightful and surprising journey through the forgotten origins of popular music.
The most exciting and significant era of popular music was not the ‘60s, the ‘40s, or even the Roaring Twenties. The real revolution took place between 1899 and 1919.
In those years the world was reshaped by war, modernism and female emancipation, but also ragtime, jazz and the birth of the entertainment business. It was the greatest shake-up the established world order had ever seen, affecting everything from the monarchies of Europe to the length of a skirt.
The World Gone Mad features a fascinating and entertaining selection of the music that helped define this turbulent period, including At The Jazz Band Ball, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Everybody’s Doing It, That Ragtime Suffragette, Heliotrope Bouquet, Dear Old Shepherds Bush and many more.
6.15pm: Just Before Jazz with Catherine Tackley
Free pre-concert talk in the Caversham Room
Ragtime, musical theatre, minstrel shows and banjo bands characterized the vibrant popular music culture of Britain in the early 20th century. Join Catherine Tackley (Head of Music at the University of Liverpool, author of The Evolution of Jazz in Britain 1880–1935 and curator of the recent exhibition Rhythm and Reaction) for a free pre-concert talk exploring the music and musicians who paved the way for jazz in Britain.
The Jazz Repertory Company Orchestra
Martin Wheatley banjos/musical director
Keith Nichols piano/musical director
Matt Redman banjo
Andrew Oliver piano
James Davison cornet
Tom Dennis cornet
Andy Flaxman trombone
Sylvia Pullen Eb horn
Andy Findon flute/piccolo
Thomas “Spats” Langham vocals/banjo
Richard Pite tuba
David Horniblow reeds
Richard Exell reeds
Kit Massey violin
Nick Parker violin
Caroline Verney cello
Paul Moylan double bass
Nick Ward drums/percussion
Nick Ball drums/percussion
Nikki Santilli dancer
Patrick Hood dancer