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Chicago and Gatsby era to be re-lived at St John’s

Lifestyle / Thu 12th Jun 2014 at 12:23pm

jazzTHE flavour of the Roarin’ 20s and the Gatsby era will be on offer at St John’s Arts Centre (St John’s Walk, Market St, Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ) on Thursday, (26th June @ 8pm) when John Petters presents his Dixielanders.

Featuring the young cornet star, Allen Beechey, together with regular favourites, Tim Huskisson, clarinet, Martin Litton, piano and Harlow’s own bass ace, Keith Donald, this concert guarantees to evoke the jazz age of 80 years ago, when flapper girls, Model T Fords and hot jazz were all the rage. Gangster controlled speakeasies offering bootleg booze were the norm in Prohibition America.

Jazz thrived, with legends such as Wild Bill Davison and Art Hodes, (who John Petters brought to Harlow in 1989 for a sell out concert at the Playhouse) regularly ducked flying bullets when things got out of hand.

The legendary pianist, Fats Waller was frog marched blindfold into a car and taken to a ‘joint’ where he found himself in the presence of Al Capone. Every time Waller played his hit, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’, he was given a $100 bill by the gangster.

St John’s cannot offer bootleg booze, but the music will be hot, fiery and frantic.

Get there early, for this is sure to be an evening of music not to be missed.

Tickets are only £10 and are available on the door. For further details call John Petters on 01406 365 731

See John Petters with original Chicago Jazz stars Wild Bill Davison & Art Hodes at the Playhouse in 1989

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