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Keith Nichols has created a host of shows for your delight. All enquiries are welcome, and quotations and availability are available by e-Mail.
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Jazz Classics Revisited
A journey through the first half-century of jazz. Beginning with the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin, and concludes with the King of Swing, Benny Goodman. Along the way The Cotton Club Band performs the greatest music of legendaty names such as Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and Louis Jordan as well as many others. A fascinating and entertaining retrospective of classic jazz.


The Music of Bix Beiderbecke
This show takes you back to the jazz age of the mid and late 20's, and tells the story of Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke, who surfaced from college jazz bands in Indiana to become the doyen of white jazz musicians, and the star of Paul Whiteman's thirty-piece orchestra. Great performances such as Singing The Blues, At The Jazz Band Ball, Davenport Blues and I'm Coming Virginia are recreated by the Cotton Club Band's trumpet star
Mike Henry.

A Tribute to Fats Waller
A Celebration of the great master of stride piano who was also a great comic personality and profile composer of shows and hit songs. Amongst the hits featured are Ain't Misbehavin', Keeping Out Of Mischief Now, Honeysuckle Rose and Black And Blue. Keith Nichols, modern master of stride, also performs the great Waller piano solos such as Handful Of Keys, Viper's Drag and Alligator Crawl.

The Louis Armstrong Legend
A salute to the most influential musician of the century and one of the best known, best loved entertainers in the world. The show begins with the great 1923 recordings of King Oliver before moving on to the Hot 5 and Hot 7 masterpieces of a few years later. We follow the meteoric rise through the 1930's and conclude with selections from his great all-star band of the 40's onwards.

The Billie Holiday Songbook
The Cotton Club Band is joined by singer Janice Day who recreates Billie's ability to make any lyric come alive with personal meaning for the listener. Amongst the songs are Them Their Eyes, The Man I Love, Lover Man and That Old Devil Called Love.

Jazz Away From Home
A show celebrating the jazz diaspora that began with Jim Europe and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and continued into the 1920's with La Revue Nègre, famous for the exotic dancing of Josephine Baker. It tells the story of when jazz crossed the Atlantic and became a sensation throughout Europe and features the music of Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins and
many others.

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