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A Century of Swing

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Join the UK’s hardest swinging band Down for the Count All-Stars for “one hellova celebration of vintage music” (TimeOut London) as they celebrate A Century of Swing.

Described as “a breath of fresh air on the swing scene”, Down for the Count are regularly found in jazz clubs across the UK and abroad (Ronnie Scott’s London, Le Caveau de la Huchette Paris), at prestigious concert halls (Cadogan Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall) at festivals including London Jazz Festival, and on BBC Radio.

Now they are bringing the sounds and feels of the best jazz clubs to theatres around the UK – with an electrifying show full of incredible energy, musicianship, and their own signature wry wit and humour.

Following the success of their 2023 performance for us, Down for the Count are delighted to be returning to Norwich Theatre Playhouse for another celebration of A Century of Swing. They will be performing a new selection of the best swing music, once again tracing the origins of the style from 1920s America through to the genre’s heyday in the 30s, 40s and 50s.

You’ll also hear other original arrangements of classic jazz standards featured on the band’s new album, Just You, Just Me, instrumental songs from the likes of Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller, and vocal classics from singers such as Nat ‘King’ Cole and Ella Fitzgerald – all presented with Down for the Count’s own unmistakable witticisms.

Important information

Ticket prices: £27

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes incl interval

Age recommendation: 7+

Concessions:
Friends – 5% off
Ambassadors, Supporters, Best Friends and Gold Friends – 10% off

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Reviews

“One hellova celebration of vintage music”
TimeOut London

“My first impulse on leaving Cadogan Hall in the wake of a standing ovation on Sunday evening was to ask permission to lay 10 stars on this outstanding gig rather than the usual five.”
Jazz Journal

“A sonic ride back to the sounds of Capitol Studios in the 1950s”
DownBeat Magazine

“Awesome!”
Michael Bublé

“Terrific to watch. It brought on… a much-needed cheery grin and not to mention a tear to the eye to see musicians playing instruments like what we used to.”
Clare Teal BBC Radio 2

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