Jazz Breakfast with Mike Hatchard + Roger Carey (Steeleye Span) | Ropetackle Arts Centre

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Jazz, Comedy, Seated

Jazz Breakfast with Mike Hatchard + Roger Carey (Steeleye Span)

Sunday 2nd February 2020 - Starts 11am


Ropetackle’s regular monthly jazz concert with the inimitable Mike Hatchard and featuring very special guests.

If Peter Cook had played the bass…

Mike Hatchard and Roger Carey, two of the South Coast’s most accomplished and best-loved musicians, get together in this affectionate tribute to Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

Peter Cook was unarguably one of the greatest comedians of his generation, urbane and intellectual one minute, grotesque and irrelevant the next. Who could forget Greta Garbot knocking at the window or the one-legged man auditioning for the role of Tarzan?

Yet for all his brilliance, Cook was no musician though he clearly wanted to be. On his short-running chat show he featured himself singing every week, perhaps a contributory factor to the show’s being axed shortly after its first airing (the other factor being that he often forgot who it was he was supposed to be interviewing). After his death, a ‘karaoke’ type recording emerged of Cook, clearly indicating that his brilliance as a comic was not replicated musically.

Dudley Moore, on the other hand, was a consummate musician, a superb (and many would say underrated) jazz pianist as well as an Oxford organ scholar. It may well be that his humour helped him squander what could easily have been a stellar musical career.

Roger Carey is the bassist and singer with Steeleye Span. When not on tour with them he is a much sought after and experienced musician (he works with, and is married to, the superb Liane Carroll). His impeccable coming timing and droll delivery makes him the perfect person to play Cook – but unlike Cook, he can sing, and exceedingly well.

Mike Hatchard is an ex-Dankworth pianist (as indeed was Dudley Moore) who has become something of a concert pianist in later life (as, again, did Dudley Moore). When not playing piano he conducts choirs, writes musicals and draws cartoon strips for Viz. His recent plays ‘Playing Beethoven playing Beethoven’ and ‘the Cocktail Pianist’ received glowing reviews at the Hastings and Brighton Festivals.

Pastries and cakes will be available to purchase.

What's On - Jazz


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