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Swinging At The Cotton Club featuring Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra with the Jiving Lindy Hoppers, and vocalists Marlene Hill and Megs Etherington is an action-packed show, which celebrates the music, dance and songs of the Cotton Club - the famous night-club which flourished in New York's Harlem in the 1920's and 1930's.
In this show the exciting dance routines are recreated by the fabulous Jiving Lindy Hoppers, the world's premier jazz dance company. Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra displays its collective capacity to communicate the exuberance of the music of that era and star vocalists, Megs Etherington and Marlene Hill pay their unique tribute to the great singers who appeared at the club.
Show booked exclusively by The John Boddy Agency
"This fabulous show was at the South Holland Centre, Spalding on May 16 as part of a UK tour. The music and dance of New York's famous night club of the 20s and 30s is celebrated by Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra and the Jiving Lindy Hoppers, in an unforgettable evening of entertainment. The musicians are not only some of the best I have ever heard, but they know how to have fun and don't mind a bit of teasing by compere and singer Megs Etherington. As we are taken back to the jazz era the Jiving Lindy Hoppers show us their high octane routines, including some tap numbers fit to bring the house down. One highlight was a breathtaking duet – or should I say duel? - between veteran drummer Graham Collicott and dancer Lee Payne who was well up to the standard of the great Bojangles as we have seen on film. Singers Marlene Hill and Megs Etherington took us back to the days of Billie Holliday and Cab Calloway. Tinkling the ivories throughout was outstanding pianist Martin Litton; every member of the orchestra is a distinguished soloist, each introduced by Megs one by one. This added up to one of the most enjoyable shows I have seen for a long time." Jean Rushle -- http://www.dancefile.co.uk
Tour dates: Exmouth Pavilion, Devon June 21; The Broadway Theatre, Barking June 27; Cadogan Hall, London SW1 June 28; The Stable, Milton Keynes June 29; Rosemoor Garden, Torrington, Devon July 5; Petworth Festival, Petworth Sussex July 26.