Hay Jazz Past Events

JANICE DAY
&
MARTIN LITTON
 
Saturday, October 26th 2019

Virtuosity, melody and laughs delivered by the internationally-renowned pianist Martin Litton and authentic vintage vocalist Janice day.

THOMAS "SPATS" LANGHAM
 
Saturday, August 10th 2019

Al Bowlly, the voice to rival Bing Crosby, recorded ‘Love is the Sweetest Thing’, ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’, ‘Brother can you spare a Dime’, ‘The Very Thought of You’ and many more fabulous songs. 
There is no better musician alive to pay tribute to him.

KEITH NICHOLS
 
Saturday, June 8th 2019

The fascinating life of Thomas "Fats" Waller - with piano, songs, laughs and slides - including a silent movie accompaniment in the old style, delivered by the British Heritage Award winner & staff lecturer at the Royal Academy Of Music.

TONY JACOBS
ACCOMPANIED BY JIM BARRY
 
Saturday, April 27th 2019

Consummate entertainer, formally lead vocal with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, with indispensable accompanist Jim Barry, celebrate the Great American Songbook. 

MIKE PIGGOTT
ACCOMPANIED BY MARTIN LITTON
Saturday, Feb 2nd 2019

Stephane Grappelli's Hot Violin.  A selection of tunes from the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, plus violin greats Joe Venuti and Stuff Smith.

MIKE PIGGOTT
ACCOMPANIED BY MARTIN LITTON
Saturday, Feb 2nd 2019

Stephane Grappelli's Hot Violin.  A selection of tunes from the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, plus violin greats Joe Venuti and Stuff Smith.

MIKE PIGGOTT
ACCOMPANIED BY MARTIN LITTON
Saturday, Feb 2nd 2019

Stephane Grappelli's Hot Violin.  A selection of tunes from the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, plus violin greats Joe Venuti and Stuff Smith.

MARTIN WHEATLEY
ACCOMPANIED BY MARTIN LITTON
Saturday, Dec 1st 2018

From the birth of the banjo to the Golden Age of the guitar, in a fascinating cabaret that takes us from Africa to Hawaii, from the Ukulele to the Octophone, the Wizard of the Strings sings, plays, entertains, and demonstrates twenty fretted instruments.

Bach, Chopin, Hot Jazz novelties, and even the Dam Busters March.  

KEITH NICHOLS
Saturday, Sept 15th 2018

Keith Nichols (multi-instrumentalist). BBC Jazz Heritage Award-winning Keith Nichols is the UK's premier vintage pianist with an encyclopaedic knowledge of early jazz. His current concert projects include tributes to Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke, plus an ambitious chronological show, "Jazz Classics Revisited".

Concert encore: Keith Nichols with Martin Litton on one piano!  Watch the video:

THOMAS "SPATS" LANGHAM
(accompanied by MARTIN LITTON)
Saturday, Aug 4th 2018

Thomas "Spats" Langham (Guitar, Vocals, Banjo, Ukulele). His vast experience of working amongst the best in British, European, American and Australian musicians in a relatively small number of years has made him one of the most technically-brilliant musicians on the British jazz circuit. This includes The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Temperance Seven, Monty Sunshine, Acker Bilk, Chris Barber's Band, and Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band, to name but a few.

"His virtuosic musicianship is astounding."

Stage Talk Magazine

MARTIN LITTON & JANICE DAY
Saturday, July 21st 2018

With all new material from last year's (1929) concert, the internationally-renowned jazz pianist & vintage repertory vocaliste skip forward ten years and perform classic songs from 1939 (including Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, etc) along with piano pieces from the period, in a faithful reproduction of the popular songs of the dance band era.

Unmissable! 

"They have captured an era, but not under glass."

The Telegraph

"Absolutely superb!"

Stephen Fry

ENRICO TOMASSO
(accompanied by  MARTIN LITTON)
Saturday, June 23rd 2018

Enrico Tomasso (Trumpet):  Four-time winner of the best trumpet category in the British Jazz Awards and mentored in his youth by Louis Armstrong, Enrico is considered one of the top trumpeters on the jazz scene. A popular figure at many of the European jazz festivals and clubs, he has exciting presence and a lively personality on stage.

“It is a mark of true distinction when a jazz trumpeter plays with such fluency and apparent ease that you listen to the music and not to the technique.”

The Guardian

JOAN VISKANT & NILS SOLBERG
Saturday, May 19th 2018

AA

A tribute to the jazz legends: Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Django Rheinhardt…

Joan Viskant, a jazz singer very much in demand all over the country, was born in Chicago and played the Parisian Clubs before settling in London. She was described by Woolf Phillips - Frank Sinatra's MD - as 'the best female singer I have heard in 30 years'.

 

Nils Solberg, a virtuosic guitarist with a background in gypsy jazz, has worked with Clare Teal, Nigel Kennedy and Bryan Ferry (to name but three of the many performers who prize this master of acoustic swing).

"Viskant caresses a lyric like a reunited lover." 
Richard Niles, BBC Radio 2

"Making the big band album with Joan Viskant was one of the highlights of my recording career."

John Altman

ALAN BARNES & DAVID NEWTON
Saturday, April 14th 2018

Alan Barnes (clarinet, alto and baritone sax). Alan Barnes’s inimitable musicianship, indefatigable touring and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz.  He has received over 25 British Jazz Awards, most recently in 2014 for clarinet, and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.

David Newton (piano) was voted best pianist in the British Jazz Awards for the thirteenth time in 2014, and was made a fellow of the Leeds College of Music in 2003.

"I was relishing the prospect of Barnes’s casually consummate musicianship, deadpan humour (he could be a comedian, if jazz ever fails him), and indomitable belief in a respected place for the music’s rich history in this eclectic and often forgetful world."

John Fordham - The Guardian

"This pair negotiate changes in time signatures and keys with the greatest of ease and grace; second-guessing each other's thought processes in the same way that an old married couple might finish each other's sentences."

Alison Kerr