Cafe Society Swing returns to Hideaway to tell the true story of the legendary New York nightclub which promoted racial equality and great music.
Cafe Society Swing tells the true story of the legendary New York nightclub which promoted racial equality and great music.
From 1938 to 1949 Cafe Society played host to legendary names including Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie. Written by Alex Webb (Narrator / Piano / MD), featuring vintage vocalist Vimala Rowe and guitarist and vocalist Ciyo Brown, plus a swinging eight-piece band in this loving tribute to the first racially-mixed jazz club in the USA.
'A genuine treat' - The Times (****)
'Fabulous jazz... Alex Webb's script crackles with a New York irony that draws you in to a world of business acumen, lofty ideals and political intrigue' - Financial Times (****)
'A balm for the soul, though the story it tells is bittersweet' - New York Times (Critic's Pick)