On Thursday 20 June, we welcome Swinging at The Cotton Club, the action-packed show celebrating the music and dance of the Cotton Club – New York’s most celebrated nightclub of the 1920s and 1930s. The exhilarating dance and music of the Cotton Club will be recreated by the fabulous Lindy Hop Dance Company, alongside The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, featuring American vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington.
Star of Ab Fab The Movie and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, the fabulous La Voix will visit Hull Truck Theatre on Saturday 22 June. La Voix and her band will present bewitching renditions of jazz, musical theatre and pop classics that are scarily accurate impressions of her female icons - from Cher to Tina Turner, Shirley Bassey to Liza Minelli - no diva is spared.
Hull Jazz Festival returns to Hull Truck Theatre between 19 and 21 July. Now in its 27th Summer Edition, the festival opens at Hull Truck Theatre with an exquisite and intimate evening as the ﬁrst ladies of jazz, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, are brought to life by today’s leading ladies of vintage jazz, Vimala Rowe, Juliet Roberts, and Janette Mason.
On Saturday 20 July, the festival presents a must-see triple bill that kicks off with John Etheridge, who pays a moving tribute to his mentor and inspiration, Stéphane Grappelli, with whom he worked for 5 years in the 1970s and early 1980s. Taking its cue from the Hot Club of France – the legendary group led by Grappelli and Django Reinhardt – the band features John’s dazzling guitar work and the scintillating violin of Chris Garrick.
The internationally acclaimed harpist/composer Alina Bzhezhinska graces our stage in the early evening. Alina celebrates the extraordinary music of Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane with her all-star Inspiration Quartet, as performed at the Barbican last year. Today’s foremost interpreter of Alice Coltrane’s spiritual jazz, Alina also presents her own stunning original work.
The triple bill will close with a rare and highly anticipated performance by the revered, enigmatic and magnetic saxophonist/composer Steve Williamson, described as "one of the most distinctive saxophone voices in contemporary British jazz". Performing with his powerhouse young trio and members of Tomorrow’s Warriors StringTing, he explores the elements that link contemporary classical and progressive jazz composition in a show that premiered recently at the South Bank Centre.
Festival Ticket Deal: 3 for 2 – Jazz fans can buy tickets for any three Jazz Festival events taking place at Hull Truck Theatre and get the cheapest free.