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2 Empire Mews, Stanthorpe Road, SW16 2BF London, United Kingdom
Cafe Society Swing returns to Hideaway to tell the true story of the legendary New York nightclub which promoted racial equality and great music. If you love swing, blues and jazz, Cafe Society Swing will delight you — food for the ears, heart and feet. Featuring rising star trumpeter Yazz Ahmed who newly joins the Cafe Society Swing team in this swinging celebration of the first racially-mixed club in New York — which opened 80 years ago, in 1938! Yazz joins a powerful horn section of Dave Bitelli, Nathanial Cross and Tony Kofi, with stellar vocalists Vimala Rowe and Ciyo Brown and pianist / MD Alex Webb, 'Fabulous' — Financial Times.
‘A genuine treat’ — The Times (****)
‘Fabulous jazz… Alex Webb’s script crackles with a New York irony that draws you in to a world of business acumen, lofty ideals and political intrigue’ — Financial Times (****)
‘A balm for the soul, though the story it tells is bittersweet’ — New York Times (Critic’s Pick)
Cafe Society Swing tells the true story of the legendary New York nightclub which promoted racial equality and great music.
From 1938 to 1949 Cafe Society played host to legendary names including Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie.
Written by Alex Webb (Narrator / Piano / MD), featuring vintage vocalist Vimala Rowe and guitarist and vocalist Ciyo Brown, plus rising trumpeter Yazz Ahmed and a swinging eight-piece band in this loving tribute to the first racially-mixed jazz club in the USA.