Bateman Brothers pay tribute to Louis Armstrong

By IH Thursday 27 September 2012 Updated: 12/10 08:55

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THE BATEMAN Brothers Jazz Band pay tribute to Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars at Warwick's Bridge House Theatre on Saturday October 13.

From an early age, both Ian and Alan Bateman grew up under the influence of the music of Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong and his All-Stars, and it is the realisation of a dream for them to bring this music back to the stage in their current tour.

The brothers have recruited some of best musicians around, drawn from groups led by the likes of Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and Terry Lightfoot, including Steve Rushton on drums, Trevor Whiting on clarinet, Craig Milverton on piano, John Day on bass, and Maggie Reeday on vocals.

Together they have put the emphasis on authenticity and showmanship to recreate the sound of Satchmo from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

The band won a best jazz CD award for their 2011 debut album Now You Has Jazz, and their tribute to Satchmo and co has already received the approval of the critics.

One of them, Ralph Laing, said: "Alan Bateman is the first trumpet player I have ever heard who had the power, stamina and tone to produce an accurate replica. His recreations are uncanny in their accuracy, and Ian barks out solos in the style of Trummy Young".

For tickets, priced £12 (£10 concessions), visit www.bridgehousetheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01926 776438.

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