Welcome to an Evening of Jazz and Cabaret 2019

The 17th annual variety concert returns again on Sunday 15 September as part of the Autumn programme at the Norwich Playhouse and once again the cast has quality throughout in this night of fun, frivolity and fundraising for two breast cancer support charities.

The Back to Birdland quintet, led by pianist Simon Brown, pay homage to George Shearing, a working class blind boy from Battersea who grew to become a brilliant US Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and one of the best-selling jazz artists of all time. Joining Simon will be Roger Beaujolais (vibes), Simon Hurley (guitar), Jose Canha (bass) and Alex Best (drums) and guest singer Joanna Eden to perform some of the best-loved tunes arising from Shearing’s collaborations with Peggy Lee and Nancy Wilson

Jazz guitarist, comedian and firm favourite Earl Okin returns for his umpteenth appearance at the Playhouse, performing his unique brand of musical genius to the stage. Joining him will be Italian vocalist Celeste, bringing together the rhythms of bossa nova & jazz, and to fuse together the flavours of Brazil.

It’s a warm welcome back to young Norfolk singer Kayleigh Gare who delighted us in 2018; this year she will be duetting with another young local performer Josh Oram. And finally vocalist Joseph Betts joins the house band with songs from the Great American Songbook.

All profits from the show are split between two breast cancer support charities, Breast Cancer Now and Keeping Abreast.

The show is generously sponsored by Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers.

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This years lineup

A Message from Chris

Chris Bailey tragically lost his mum to breast cancer when he was just 13 years old. She was 35 at the time. Heartbreakingly, his sister was later diagnosed with breast cancer too. As she was preparing for surgery in 1998, Chris decided to do something to support her – and honour their mum – by hosting a small fundraising barbecue at her home.

They raised £800 at the barbecue and, spurred on to reach the magical £1,000 mark, they decided to follow it up with a charity ball. Since that day the fundraising events have continued in earnest and Chris has raised over £67,000 for Breast Cancer Now and £7,000 for Keeping Abreast.

Maddy Bravery of Breast Cancer Now said “Thankfully, his sister is now in remission but Chris’ charity work continues. We’re so proud of them both.”

“Without Chris’ inspirational support, and the support of all our brilliant fundraisers, we wouldn’t be able to continue the vital research that we do here. Together we can hopefully create a world free from breast cancer.”

Chris says, “Each event is special and it gives me great joy when I forward the proceeds to Breast Cancer Now or Keeping Abreast. Each donation is in memory of a wonderful woman who passed away over 44 years ago.”

Previous Artists

I am very grateful for the multitude of artists who have performed at the Norwich Playhouse each September since the first show in 2003. Many have returned again and again, always without receiving any fees – and to the right is the roll of honour!

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