Holiday Report – ‘32nd Festival of Big Band Swing, Hot Jazz and Cabaret’

Hello everyone! 🙂

In April 2016, I attended the ‘30th Festival of Jazz, Swing and Cabaret’ at Richardson’s South Downs Holiday Village. Last weekend in October 2016, my parents and I had another enjoyable weekend at the ‘32nd Festival of Big Band Swing, Hot Jazz and Cabaret’ held at the same venue with Tony Jacobs.

The weekend was from Friday the 20th to Monday the 23rd of October 2016. Like last time, there various activities including concerts happening on the nights of Friday, Saturday and Sunday that weekend. My parents and I enjoyed attending these evening concerts of 20s, 30s and 40s jazz music.

On Friday night, there was ‘Tony Jacobs presents The Tony Jacobs Big Band with guest Catherine Sykes’. On Saturday night, there was ‘Tony Jacobs presents Neville Dickie’s Rhythmakers’. On Sunday night there was ‘Tony Jacobs presents The Jim Barry Quintet with Tony Jacobs and special guest Louise Cookman’.

I enjoyed Sunday night the most as there were songs and music that I was familiar with. Tony Jacobs sang the songs ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ from the 1952 film; ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ from the 1936 film ‘Swing Time’ and ‘You Made Me Love You’ from the film ‘Broadway Melody of 1938’.

There were also some Glenn Miller songs sung that weekend including ‘Serenade in Blue’; ‘Chattanogga Choo Choo’ and ‘St Louis’ Blues March’. There were songs and numbers from ‘Jeeves & Wooster’ that I heard from the weekend including ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’ and ‘Boogie Woogie’.

I also enjoyed the female soloists attending that weekend including Catherine Sykes and Louise Cookman. There was a lovely duet of ‘True Love’ from the 1956 film ‘High Society’, sung by Tony Jacobs and Louise Cookman on Sunday evening.

My parents and I also attended a pre-lunch cabaret performed in the Ballroom by Tony Jacobs and Jim Barry. I enjoyed Tony Jacobs singing his version of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ from the 1952 film ‘Hans Christian Anderson’. Sue Greenway was also very good on the saxophone at the cabaret.

For the rest of the weekend, my parents and I went to Chichester on Saturday and explored Wittering close to where we were staying. I took photos of Chichester Cathedral on the Saturday and my parents and I visited the beach in Wittering and had waffles in the cafe by ‘Lucy Armstrong Chocolates’.

The weekend break in October was great for my parents and I. We enjoyed the jazz music for all three concerts very much. Thankfully, the weather was great on that weekend compared to last time I went to Chichester in April. I’m pleased I went again this year. I’m sure I’ll be going again in 2017.

Thanks for reading!

Tim. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Holiday Report – ‘32nd Festival of Big Band Swing, Hot Jazz and Cabaret’

  1. Louise Cookman

    Hi Tim! It’s lovely to read your fantastic review- Really pleased you enjoyed your weekends at Bracklesham Bay- Tony always puts on such good shows! I hope we will see you at one of our other weekends round the UK, now that the South Downs village has closed (we are all very sad about that).
    Hope to see you again! Louise

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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Louise.

    Many thanks for your message! It’s lovely to hear from you!

    I’m glad you enjoyed my review about the jazz weekend from last October. Crikey, is it that long ago?! 😀 I really enjoyed going to those weekends with Tony Jacobs in Bracklesham Bay. I’m sorry to hear that South Downs aren’t holding them anymore. That is very sad. 😦

    My parents and I are set to go to another jazz week in May in Nottingham. We’re looking forward to that! It’ll be a nice week, I’m sure!

    That’ll be from the 15th to the 18th of May, I believe. I see your name’s for that week too according to Tony Jacobs’ website –! Look forward to seeing you there!

    Thanks again, Louise! Glad you enjoyed this blog post of mine.

    Tim. 🙂



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