The roaring twenties is known as the jazz age and was a decade characterised by glitz, glamour and urban flapper fashion. On Tuesday 26th March, Newcastle residents have the unique opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the 1920s in the Jazz Cafe at Newcastle Arts Centre in a night featuring live jazz music, cocktails and authentic Charleston swing dancing. The initiative to set up the event And All That Jazz comes from a group of International Centre for Music Studies students at Newcastle University.
“We want to offer And All That Jazz as an exclusive alternative to a regular 21st century night out.” says team leader William Motion, “Young people’s knowledge of the old days naturally comes from movies and history books, but we wish to give students a unique chance to step back in time and experience the exciting 1920s themselves, at a student-friendly price. We are delighted to announce that we are collaborating with Newcastle University Big Band and Newcastle University Swing Dance Society to create an authentic and memorable 1920s experience.”
The student-led Newcastle University Big Band is a popular band with many bookings for the summer already. Currently they are looking forward to provide the music for the Golden Jazz Age at And All That Jazz. Band leader Rosie Sturt tells that they have a diverse 1920s repertoire.
“The Big Band plays a lot of jazz music from the golden jazz era, and many contemporary composed tunes are inspired by the 1920s style. This will be our first performance at Newcastle Arts Centre and it will be exciting to perform in a smaller, aesthetically appropriate venue. We love being a part of such an event and we can’t wait to fill the Jazz Cafe with authentic, captivating music!”
Dancers from Newcastle University Swing Dance Society are also looking forward to the event. They will do a professional performance which will showcase the energetic Charleston swing style of the 1920s. The floor will also be open for everyone to dance to the Big Band’s catchy jazz rhythms throughout the night. However, the President of the Swing Society, Holly Brewster, states that it is not necessary to know how to dance to come along.
“Swing is a social and fun dance that anyone can do. It is easy to pick up and even if you don’t dance, you can have a cocktail, watch the energetic dancers and enjoy the lovely jazz music.” Dancer Tom Young agrees. “If you have never experienced anything like this before, this will be a first class experience. You may also learn some new skills from the guys who are experienced on the floor. We are very excited for And All That Jazz!”
And All That Jazz will take place on Tuesday 26th March from 7:30pm onwards in the Jazz Café at the Newcastle Arts Centre. Tickets are available both online and at the door for £7 a head and attendees are encouraging to don their best 1920s attire. For further information, visit the Facebook event ‘And All That Jazz.’