John Bell and Simon Tedeschi: Echoes of the Jazz Age

Saturday 21 September 2019

Overview

A lively evocation of the Roaring Twenties through words and music, presented by two of Australia’s leading artists.

Theatre icon and National Living Treasure, John Bell AO OBE and internationally acclaimed pianist, Simon Tedeschi together at The Joan in their third thrilling collaboration.

Bell is one of Australian theatre’s most illustrious figures, having played a role in the development of the nation’s rich artistic culture as an actor and director, and founder of Bell Shakespeare. Tedeschi is one of the most acclaimed and sought-after pianists in Australia, known equally for his performances of Schumann, Grieg and Mussorgsky as his Gershwin and jazz collaborations.

Held together by Scott Fitzgerald’s famous essay Echoes of the Jazz Age, the programme includes snippets of T.S. Eliot, Groucho Marx, Mae West, W.C Fields and Dorothy Parker along with the music of George Gershwin, Fats Waller, and Jelly Roll Morton.

Dazzling music, a touch of gravitas and just a whiff of nostalgia, a tantalising trip back in time with John Bell and Simon Tedeschi – plus a surprise female guest.

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