- Keith Nichols and his 19-piece Mayfair Dance Orchestra
- Thomas “Spats” Langham
- Janice Day
- Enrico Tomasso
- Matthias Seuffert
- Charles Mutter
- Martin Wheatley
- Richard Pite
Keith Nichols and his Mayfair Orchestra take us back to the 1920s and ’30s when the great British dance bands performed at London’s exclusive clubs and great hotels; Carroll Gibbons and Fred Elizalde at the Savoy, Sydney Lipton at the Grosvenor House, Lew Stone at the Monseigneur, Jack Jackson at the Dorchester, Henry Hall on the BBC and Ambrose at the Mayfair. Their bandsmen and singers such as Al Bowlly, Sid Phillips, Tiny Winters, George Chisholm and Nat Gonella soon became household names.
The show will feature a wide range of the hot and sweet music of the era including Billy Cotton’s Somebody Stole My Gal, Nat Gonella’s Georgia on my Mind, Al Bowlly’s Midnight and the Stars and You, Henry Hall’s Anything Goes and Jack Hylton’s You’re the Top.
The superb ensemble augmented with strings from the BBC Concert Orchestra features some of the country’s leading specialists in vintage jazz and dance music and the evening promises to be an unforgettable night of rhythm and romance.
Keith Nichols is one of the UK’s most renowned vintage jazz musicians and a respected bandleader who has performed all over the world – everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Mississippi steamboats in the USA to concert halls and clubs in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Back in the 1970s he led the Midnight Follies Orchestra, in the ’80s and ’90s The Cotton Club Orchestra. Currently he directs the Blue Devils and The Mayfair Dance Orchestra as well as numerous small bands. At Cadogan Hall he has been Musical Director for shows featuring the music of Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller.