Get into the swing: Jazz era club recreated at Rose

SC KIN LEISURE ROSE Get into the swing: Jazz era club recreated at Rose

SC KIN LEISURE ROSE Get into the swing: Jazz era club recreated at Rose

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

New York’s swankiest prohibition era jazz club will be opening its doors for one night only as Swinging at the Cotton Club comes to life at the Rose.

Audiences are invited to experience 1920’s Harlem in all its glory as energetic jive dancers, soulful singers and must-see musicians take to the stage in a rich African-American themed extravaganza.

The show recreates the atmosphere of New York’s finest and most famous jazz nightclub, the Cotton Club, which opened from 1923 to 1940 as a white-only establishment.

Its spotlight however, shone brightly on the greatest African American entertainers of that time from Billie holiday, Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole to Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Waters and Fletcher Henderson.

But this month, Jiving Lindy Hoppers, the world’s premier jazz dance company and Harry Strutter’s Hot Rhythm Orchestra will blow audiences away with their heyday swing revival of the hottest club – now in Kingston.

A spokesman from the Rose Theatre said: “We have done lots of shows here but we have never done a swing dance show before. It will be great to get the professionals here.

“Also we have never recreated a New York City nightclub here before – especially from the 1920s with all the atmosphere that comes with that.

“I think it will appeal to a lot of different people. We are incredibly excited about it.”

Swinging at the Cotton Club, Rose Theatre, 24 to 26 High Street, Kingston, Saturday, November 17, 7.30pm, £12 - £18.

For more information call 08444 821556 or visit rosetheatrekingston.org.

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