Welcome to an Evening of Jazz and Cabaret 2019
The 17th show took place on Sunday 15 September at the Norwich Playhouse and was, once again, well received by the 300-strong audience who had purchased every available seat for the annual night of fun & frivolity. It was a complete sell-out !
The Birdland Quintet, led by pianist Simon Brown, started proceedings with an entertaining homage to George Shearing, the 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 was Roger Beaujolais (vibes), Simon Hurley (guitar), Jose Canha (bass) and Alex Best (drums) and guest singer Joanna Eden who performed some of the best-loved tunes arising from Shearing’s collaborations with Peggy Lee and Nancy Wilson.
Norfolk-based artist Joseph Betts sang from the Great American Songbook, followed by young stars Kayleigh Gare & Josh Oram with three delightful tunes including ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story.
Lauren Dove, making her fourth appearance at ‘An Evening of Jazz & cabaret’ vowed the audience with a sneak preview of her forthcoming new show “Songbird” paying tribute to the life & music of Eva Cassidy.
Earl Okin returned for the 12th appearance, and a very welcome one too, with his own unique brand of music & wit; he was accompanied by the delightful voice of Italian-born singer Celeste Carramanna who was joined by the house band for the final two numbers.
Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers, and the full house, the funds raised tipped over £2,600 which will be split between Breast Cancer Now and Keeping Abreast.
The 2020 show is confirmed as Sunday 13 September. Artists details will be revealed early into 2020.
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 £68,500 for Breast Cancer Now and £8,500 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.”
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!