Jazz with the Blue Rhythm Kings
The Blue Rhythm Kings are one of the only bands in the United Kingdom specialising in the iconic music from the 1920s and early 1930s; the glorious era which has become known as “Jazz Age”, bringing to mind flapper dresses, bright young things, all night parties and the fusion of Jazz improvisation with popular dance music of the day.
This Kent based band has received many accolades for its eclectic programme of some of the best music from the era, played by handpicked musicians who are fully versed in the idiom and can therefore play fresh, improvised solos at every performance.
The band has a long history, dating back to the 1970s, when there were a few 1920s style bands around, now Blue Rhythm Kings are one of the only ones left in the South East.
The Horsebridge, since it first opened its doors, has been the “home base” of the Blue Rhythm Kings and a great night out is guaranteed at each and every one of their monthly concerts.
The Blue Rhythm Kings have represented England (in the Jazz category) at the Boulogne Music Festival in 1990, where they shared the bill with Yehudi Menhuin. They have also appeared at Jazz festivals throughout the UK, including the prestigious Bude Festival.
Jazz buffs will recognise the direct influence of Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, Ben Pollack, Gene Golkette and Paul Whiteman which, together with some lovely ballads from the 1930s featuring vocals in the styles of Bing Crosby and Al Bowlly, provides a unique and exciting programme; definitely not to be missed.
“Jazz/Dance music of the twenties in a better than usual re-creation of the real thing, both in sound and spirit… Accomplished group who actually sounded interested in the music per se, rather than opportunities for endless self-indulgent solos… Audience clearly enjoyed and appreciated the performance. A good evening, much enjoyed, and at more than one level. The Blue Rhythm Kings are a group worth looking out for.” - The Farnham Herald
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