Jazz 100 – How did it all start? 07 Jul 2017
Where did Jazz come from? How it did spring almost fully formed out of the New Orleans melting pot in 1917? The show with the answers is “Kaiser Bill Invented Jazz”. Dave Batchelor’s informative, entertaining, and often hugely moving show, with actors/visuals/dancers, and a 7 piece live band was called “a victory” by The Scotsman. “Stylish Presentation” , "Expertly selected readings” , “Entertaining Period Dancing”: “It went down a storm”.The first number in the show is the A side of the first jazz recording: “The Original Dixieland One Step”, and the final number is the B side “Livery Stable Blues” and Batchelor says “all the music of the last 100 years flows from what’s in this show”. The original cast, with Crawford Logan, Sandy Batchelor, Helen Logan ( no relation!) and The Flyright Dancers has been re-assembled, with musicians who can play the period music brilliantly: including Tom McNiven on trumpet and Richard White on clarinet. And won’t it be great to hear the young tyro of the piano, Fergus McCreadie, playing Maple Leaf Rag!.
All on the opening night of the Festival, next Friday 14 July – the first ever show at The Rose Theatre.