Anthony Strong - Saturday 1st July @ Jazz Theatre 7.30pm
Headlining our festival this year is the marvellous Anthony Strong Trio. With his sharply tailored suit and easy charm, swaggering vocals and swinging piano style Anthony’s enviable skills are matched by an energy that have entertained audiences at his live shows around the world.
He has been hailed by UK newspaper Metro as "a major new talent” and performed live on national TV in Germany, Poland, Turkey & Portugal. His last album, Stepping Out, reached #1 on the US iTunes Jazz Charts. Along with his trio Anthony is returning to his Croydon roots determined to make this an evening to remember.
“Great Singer, Great Pianist” Jamie Cullum
“Cool Britannia!" Die Welt, Germany
Surrey County Youth Jazz Orchestra - Thursday 29th June @ Jazz Theatre 8pm
Drawing from the finest young players across the whole of Surrey the Surrey County Youth Jazz Orchestra brings its’ barnstorming show to Caterham for the first time. With twenty musicians on stage they faithfully re-create the big band sounds of the greats – Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie among many others. Along with their accomplished soloists and singers they have performed regularly at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Hall.
Director – John Whelan
PLEASE NOTE – THIS PERFORMANCE STARTS AT 8PM
Georgina Jackson - Friday 30th June @ Jazz Theatre 7.30pm
Georgina began her musical career working as a professional trumpet player almost everywhere up, down, left and right of the country, working for years with many famous faces, such as Frank Sinatra Junior, Nancy Sinatra and Seal. Harbouring a desire to wear a posh frock rather than the same as 'the lads' in the band, Georgina decided to make a dash for the front and try her hand at singing.
Georgina brings her storming live show to Caterham with a terrific quartet including renowned Sax player Pete Long. Not just a great trumpeter and singer but a fantastic all round entertainer.
“That was incredible” Gary Barlow, “Georgina is the real deal" Claire Martin (BBC Radio 3)
“That was amazing..... The real deal.....I never thought I'd fall in love with a girl from Wigan, but I did tonight!” Sir Bruce Forsyth (At Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
Emily Francis Trio - Friday 30th June @ Soper Jazz Lounge 9.45pm
"Fast becoming one of the hottest young groups on the British Jazz scene, the Emily Francis Trio are a London based group who combine influences from Jazz-Funk, Soul and Progressive Rock with a traditional improvised sensibility, resulting in fresh and exciting compositions. Their debut album "The Absent" received several highly positive reviews, which have all praised the group's accessible and memorable writing. In partnership with Arts Council England, the group continue their musical journey with a brand new live EP with accompanying videos entitled “New Town”.
Emily and her trio will be lighting up the Soper Hall with their beautifully crafted funky jazz so come and have some fun.
Kontraband - Saturday 1st July @ Soper Jazz Lounge 9.45pm
Kontraband, formed and led by bassist Matt Findlay, are an outfit fast making a name for themselves on the festival circuit. The quartet is comprised of musicians who are all composers in their own right, and bring their own unique sound and ‘vibe’ to Matt’s beautiful compositions along with jazz standards; all combining for an exciting mixture of harmony and groove. Come along after the theatre show and round off your week in excellent company.