Come To The Cabaret!
20th Century Foxes: Cabaret from the age of glamour
Take yourself back to the golden age of glamour and cool for an evening of lively cabaret that whisks you smoothly from smokey ’50s New York Clubs to ’60s Sunset Strip on the strains of swing music driven by a superb local six-piece band and the finest crooners. Relax in vintage style with cocktails and enjoy magic, comedy and variety featuring lindyhop dance sensations Hoppin’ Mad.
Dress to impress, because there’ll be prizes for the best glad rags, as well as the best dancers.
The evening is brought to you by Bath-based swing singer and musician Gavin Lazarus in partnership with the Biggsound Band led by Adam Biggs.
Gavin Lazarus has been likened to a young Tony Bennett, though also evokes Dean Martin and Sinatra with his elegant song styling and brilliant phrasing underpinned by his rich, warm resonant voice.
He’s currently working on a new album of his own material, and brings to the stage a wealth of experience from across the UK, both solo and fronting bands of all sizes.
Led by pianist Adam Biggs, the Biggsound Band is an ensemble of top-flight musicians who perform a wide range of music from jazz, swing and jive, through to fusion, soul, Motown and funk. Adam Biggs has performed with singers including Clare Teal, Jamie Cullum, Aled Jones, Alfie Boe and Hayley Westenra, among others, and has released several CDs.
The band features Thad Kelly (Bass), Rob Brian (Drums), Ben Waghorn (Saxes), Jonny Bruce (Trumpet), and Nick Atwood (Trombone), who have between them played with such diverse artists as Peter Gabriel, Portishead, Kasabian, Siouxsie Sioux and a host of great jazz performers.
Guest vocalists will include Tristan Darby, a professional actor and singer with a fine smooth baritone. He has worked across the country in productions from Shakespeare to Swing Fever. He is artistic Director of Bristol-based Theatre Raconteurs and co-founder of South West Acting Courses (SWAC) with Gary Owston of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Hoppin’ Mad will heat up the dancefloor with their swing dance and lindyhop moves, which they’ll be happy to teach to the uninitiated. Dance leaders Graeme Puckett and Ann Pesket teach and perform together all over the country and run classes in Balboa, Shag, Charleston, lindyhop and more. They’ve recently returned from teachibf and performing in San Francisco and New York, and their TV and film credits include Chicken Run and Children in Need and they have won over 20 awards in thier field.
A Touch of Magic will be provided at your tables by Bristol-based Barry Smith, a member of the Magic Circle. Inspired by the great David Nixon, he performs a variety of effects and tricks of the mind with humour and charm. From card and rope tricks to illusions, his act is sure to leave you enthralled and entertained.
All these talents and more are brought together beautifully in one of the most exciting cabaret shows Bath has ever seen, so don your vintage-style glad rags and prepare to dive back to the heady days of crooners and swing.