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animmates 40s night
A nostalgic Roaring Forties Night is planned for High Halstow in March.

It’s a fundraiser for Anim-Mates, the animal rescue sanctuary in St Mary Hoo

The Roger Luxton Dance Band will be playing the music of the wartime era at High Halstow Village Hall on Saturday 29 March from 7pm.

Tickets at £12 are limited to 100 so there will be plenty of room dance.

40′s outfits are optional, but there will be a prize for the best one.

You are asked to bring your own rations to eat.

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Castle Concerts - Under SiegeTalented young people from Medway will perform at Rochester Castle gardens in Under Siege on Sunday, 21 July from 1pm to 3.30pm.

The free event is part of Medway’s Festival of Music and gives some of the area’s most gifted young performers the chance to showcase their talents on the Castle Concerts stage.

This year the Under Siege performers will follow in the footsteps of Status Quo, The Wanted, Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet, ABC and Go West as well as The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

All the acts will be able to perform on the same full-sized stage, with professional equipment and the support of an experienced crew. More

James Taylor Hi-ResThe James Taylor Quartet will perform the coolest sounds in funky acid jazz at Rochester Cathedral on Saturday, 22 June. As part of Medway’s Festival of Music the quartet will showcase their latest album ‘Closer To The Moon’ – which brings together the worlds of jazz and classical music. The performance starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available from http://www.medwayticketslive.co.uk or 01634 338338

“A powerhouse gig…A top night from a class act!” Blues & Soul Online, 2013

Alex Hutton Piano Trio featuring Asaf Sirkis on drums. Tuesday 14 May, 8.00pm at The Brook Theatre Chatham. Alex Hutton, brings his fine piano trio with Yuri Goloubev on double bass and the amazing drummer Asaf Sirkis, to play music with the joy and optimism found in big film scores, combined with folky nuances and a sense of space and stillness. “inventive … cinematic, folksong-like melodies.” The Guardian. Tickets: £11.00. Jazz Mailing List members and members of the Theatres Loyalty Scheme receive a discount of £1.00 per ticket. 01634 338338

LD Frazier - Gospel SingerLD Frazier will be giving a concert on Tuesday 16th April 2013 at 7.45 at the Brook Theatre, Chatham. Tickets £11 and £10 from the theatre Box Office 01634 338338

L D Frazier was born in Cleveland and grew up in Buffalo and Los Angeles. He later moved to Detroit and sang with the harmony group Richard Green’s Acapells. In 1974 Frazier decided to devote his life to full-time gospel singing and from New York he has taken his gospel songs all around the world, performing in countries including Brazil, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Egypt and Europe as well as making regular visits to the United Kingdom. More

Massively popular jive and swing band The Jive Aces will be rolling into town on Tuesday night (27 November). The group are back at The Brook Theatre with fresh arrangements of swing and jive, with some R&B thrown in, and not forgetting a superb selection of their own material. Together for over a decade, this extremely popular six piece group have performed at thousands of festivals, theatres and events throughout the UK, Europe and USA, as well as Japan, Israel and the Caribbean and more. The band, which appeared on Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year, has a new album out in December – King of the Swingers: A Tribute to Louis Prima. Tickets are £13, jazz mailing list members £12. To book tickets phone the box office on 01634 338338

Thursday July 26th at the Hastings Arms, ME7 2YD, you have another chance to see the Rochester Swing Preservation Society. This month appearing with them will be Steve Galler, be there for 8.30pm and entrance is £5, Click here for a map to assist if you are not familiar with the Hastings Arms. Always a great night out

A talented jazz pianist who in the past 12 months has played the Royal Albert Hall and performed with Katherine Jenkins and Jools Holland, comes to Chatham next month.
Derek Paravicini & Friends play Jazz on Tuesday, 12 June at 8pm The Brook Theatre, Chatham. More

BROOK THEATRE Spring Jazz 2012 Tuesday 3 April £13 , £ 12

One of the world’s greatest jive swing bands, King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys have been on the road for two decades, while releasing 10 albums and clocking up over 125 TV and radio appearances. A night of high-energy fun and fantastic musicianship.
“To those who say that jive swing is a musical form best left to Americans, prepare to be proven wrong. This British combo is bullet-proof!” Atomic Magazine, New York
“Behind the fun and rollicking good times lies an outfit skilled enough for the horns to come on with the bite and precision of the Basie Band.” The Guardian

The sound of experience and the enthusiasm of youth combine in the Neon Quartet who perform in Medway next week. More

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