The essence of the Crescent City, New Orleans will come to Three Holes Village Hall on Sunday September 22 when local drummers, Nigel Smith and John Petters present a dazzling galaxy of top class jazz stars.
Nigel spent his early years learning his trade by playing in many big bands and show orchestras in and around London. On the more commercial side he has worked with the likes of Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk, George Melly, Dave Shepherd and Bob Kerr. Nigel currently runs the very successful Upwell Jazz Club in Norfolk and is an active percussion teacher in his local area.
John Petters, known as Britain’s Ace Drummin’ Man lives has lived in the Fens since 1989. His cv reads like a who’s who of international traditional jazz. He toured and recorded with American legends Wild Bill Davison and Art Hodes – who both worked for Al Capone in Chicago, during the Gatsby era, as well as British legends George Chisholm OBE, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Georgeie Fame, Lonnie Donegan and Georgie Fame.
John is also a jazz historian and was seen on the BBC 4 documentary, ‘Trad Jazz Britannia’, which told the story of the 50’s jazz boom.
The festival will be a mix of local artistes and international names from as far afield as Australia:
Noon - 1pm • Wisbech Grammar School Big Band
1.15pm - 2.15pm • The Tennessee Tooters Dixieland Jazz Band
2.30pm - 3.30pm • Karl Hird’s New Orleans Quartet
3.45pm - 4.45pm • The Nigel Portass Blues Collective
5.00pm - 6.00pm • Jazz Lecture - The History of Jazz Drumming with John Petters
6.15pm - 7.15pm • Colin Bray – Musical Cabaret
7.30pm - 8.30pm • The John Petters Swing Band
8.45pm - 10.30pm • The Ken Sims Vintage Jazz Band
Half day tickets £15.(Noon - 6pm or 6pm - 10.30pm)
Full day ticket £25.
Hot and cold food available - Noon - 7.30pm • Licensed Bar
For more information and tickets please contact Nigel Smith on 01945 773121 - upwelljazzclub.co.uk
Tickets and information from Nigel Smith on 01945 773121 / 07980 742835
And details on http://upwelljazzclub.co.uk/ and click on the link at the bottom of the page.