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Events for Saturday 24th of March 2012


Jazz At Its Very Best!

Helmsley Jazz'N'Swing Weekend

Stand by for a full weekend of traditional jazz, swing and American songbook evergreens at the Helmsley Jazz'n'Swing weekend on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March. Organised by Britain's 'ace drummin' man', John Petters, the event features some of the top performers in the UK.

As well as the live music, there will be a chance to test your knowledge with the 'Jazz Quiz', a fun ‘Jazz Forum', where a panel of musicians will be played a selection of recordings blindfold and asked to name performers.

Saturday Programme

14:00 St Phillip St Breakdown - a celebration of New Orleans Clarinettist George Lewis, with two of Australia’s finest exports, Karl Hird (clarinet) and Annie Hawkins (bass), with Tim Phillips, (banjo) and John Petters (drums) / £12

16:45 The Jazz Lecture
- John Petters looks at the career of the iconic jazz drummer, Gene Krupa - with vintage video and recordings / £4

19:00 This Joint is Jumpin’
- The life and music of Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller John Petters and his Rhythm celebrate the harmful little armful purveyor of 50,000 kilovolts of jive! Featuring stride piano genius, Dave Browning. / £12

21:15 Swingin’ Down Memory Lane - A celebration of the American Songbook, Gershwin, Berlin, Ellington, Porter, Carmichael, Mercer etc.. Featuring the swinging tenor saxophones and clarinets of Julian Marc Stringle and Karl Hird. / £12

Sunday Programme

10:30 The Jazz Forum - John Petters plays a series of recordings from 80 years of recorded history to the panel of musicians and seeks their views and those of the audience. / £4

12:15 The Special Magic of Benny Goodman - Julian Marc Stringle, Dave Browning and John Petters celebrate the classic Goodman, Wilson, Krupa Trio of the mid 1930s. / £12

15:00 The Jazz Quiz - test your knowledge of this great music - CD awarded to the winner. / £4

19:00 Back to New Orleans - featuring Hymns & Spirituals, Stomps, Blues and Rags, with hot cornetist Allen Beechey, Karl Hird, Julian Marc Stringle, Karl Hird, Tim Phillps, Keith Donald & John Petters. / £12

21:15 Salute to Satchmo Louis Armstrong was the most important figure in Jazz history. This affectionate tribute to the great Satch features many of the popular numbers from the Armstrong repertoire. / £12

Why not spend a relaxing weekend in this picturesque North Yorkshire market town of Helmsley in Ryedale on the edge of the north York Moors?

Accommodation details from the Tourist Information Centre - 01439 770173

See our  Black Swan Theatre Packages for special deals on accomodation at the Black Swan Hotel in Helmsley coupled with one or more of the Sunday concerts.

Tickets available for individual events - Saturday all day £35 / Sunday all day £40 / Package for both days £65

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