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The Cotton Club swings into Marine Hall

Published: Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Cotton Club

Take a step back into 1920s New York City and through the doors of Harlem's hottest nightclub as The Cotton Club comes to Marine Hall for one night only on Saturday 17 May.

In an evening that perfectly depicts the art deco heyday of Marine Hall, Swinging at The Cotton Club is an action-packed show celebrating the music, dance and songs of New York City’s most famous nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s.

The ultimate feel-good show presents the hedonism and exuberance of Harlem's legendary nightclub in a glittering blend of vintage jazz, showbiz and thrilling dance. Selling out up and down the country, the Cotton Club is brought to life by the furiously-paced, authentic routines of The Jiving Lindy Hoppers, and the nostalgic sound of Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra featuring vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington.

The Jiving Lindy Hoppers are Europe’s first and finest authentic jazz dance company. They are perhaps best known for their spectacular and breathtaking performances of the Lindy Hop - the original form of jive dancing that developed in Harlem in the late 1920s. However, their talent and versatility is also expressed in the range of dances they perform all influenced by the authentic jazz dance tradition.

Hundreds of performances have followed since their first public performance in London in 1984. They have won numerous awards for both their education and performance work and regularly appear both here and abroad in venues ranging from festivals, corporate entertainment events and major concert halls and theatres, in addition to making numerous TV and film appearances.

Some of the company’s highlights include performing to an audience of over 10,000 people in three concerts at New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors Festival, being flown to the US for a televised concert with the Boston Pops Orchestra at the Boston Symphony Hall which was broadcast across the USA, as well a performing to an audience of 40,000 at the Proms in the Park concert in London’s Hyde Park.

Just some of the dances that will be featured in the show include the Lindy Hop, the Black Bottom, the Charleston, the One Man Dance, the Big Apple, Chorus Tap and the Soft Shoe Shuffle, amongst many other specialist tap and spectacular swing dances.

The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra specialises in recreating the jazz and hot dance music of the era with drive and visual appeal. The Orchestra has toured extensively in Britain, Europe and Scandinavia and claims the title of `Europe's Hottest Jazz Orchestra’.

Using its own special arrangements of familiar as well as the less well known numbers from the repertoires of the famous bands of the period, the orchestra has extensive experience of a wide variety of venues and events, appearing at numerous festivals, concerts and TV programmes across Europe.

Just a selection of the music that will be featured in show includes, Minnie The Moocher, C Jam Blue, the Charleston, Drum Crazy,  Black Beauty, Everybody Loves My Baby, That Lindy Hop, Jubilee Stomp, It Don't Mean A Thing If Ain’t Got That Swing and much, much more.

The show starts at 7.30pm on Saturday 17 May. Tickets are £15, to book call the box office on 01253 887693 or  click here