Sunday Kings & Queens of Jazz


6pm to 9pm – Doors Open 5pm

$35 non-members / $25 members/concession / $15 (under 18’s)

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There have been many great jazz musicians, but those considered exceptionally talented have often been informally granted honorific ‘aristocratic’ or ‘royal’ titles as nicknames. Following on from our sell-out finale concert celebrating Queen Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday at last year’s festival, this year we pay homage to some more of these greats with the help of a number of local artists. With host Ingrid James embodying ‘The Jezebel of Jazz’ Anita O’Day, she is joined by Irene Bartlett personifying ‘The Divine One’ Sarah Vaughan and Pearly Black will bring back the ‘High Priestess of Soul’ Nina Simone. Sharing the stage with our Queens is Peter Uppman as ‘The King of the Trumpet’ Louis Armstrong and Steve Taylor-Brown as ‘The Chairman of the Board’ Frank Sinatra, and while Mark Murphy was perhaps born a little too late to be given a royal title, the Queen of Jazz herself considered him her equal, and Ian Beddows will personify him on this stage.

Dave Spicer Trio with
Queens: Irene Bartlett (Sarah Vaughan), Ingrid James (Anita O’Day), Pearly Black (Nina Simone)
Kings: Peter Uppman (Louis Armstrong), Ian Beddows (Mark Murphy), Steve Taylor-Brown (Frank Sinatra)