Natty Congeroo & the Flames of Rhythm
(Friday & Saturday)
We knew, we could expect an authentic and thrilling performance, when we invited Natty Congeroo & the Flames of Rhythm to play at IsThereHop? anniversary last year. But then the band simply blew us away. The energy the musicians brought to the stage, their choice of songs, their interpretation of old classics and their way of interacting with the audience was overwhelming and inspiring.
We couldn't resist and invited them again.
The combo which is first and foremost known for its explosive and rousing interpretations of classic Hot Jazz, Swing, Rhythm ‘n’ Blues and Gospel numbers does also have a reputation for its unique sense of style and presentations with its members dressed to the nines in sharp and eccentric tailored vintage attire.
Whoever has seen band leader and legendary showman Natty Congeroo before, will also remember him for his flamboyant style and together with the other players of the band, The Sizzle, The Killer Diller, Lá Bass, Dr Kitch and La Mamba, the band will binrg unrivalled levels of excitement and astonishing musical skills to IsThereHop? 2018.
Palace Avenue Swing
It is the smaller brother of the 14-piece Palace Avenue Dance Orchestra, and features a core group of players and musical arrangers. The musicians are highly regarded as some of the best in the UK, and have entertained to great acclaim at the most prestigious international festivals, vintage events and swing dance parties for many years.
At IsThereHop? they will play as a 7-piece line-up featuring charismatic singer Cherise Adams-Burnett. They have prepared the best of their arranged and improvised music in many styles 1920-50s which include 1920s/Dixieland, Hot Club Gypsy Jazz, and a variety of small group swing taking influences from the likes of Ellington, Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, George Shearing and more.