For more than thirty-five years, Woody Allen & His New Orleans Jazz Band have been delighting audiences with a hot mix of New Orleans inspired music.
On 2 July 2017, this legend of the silver screen took to the Royal Albert Hall stage for the first time, at the band’s first show in London since 2004.
‘a warm and tender tribute to jazz’s early years’
The band’s sound comprises a diverse collection of early twentieth century popular tunes, hymns, spirituals, marches, blues and rags, and draws inspiration from such legendary artists as Sidney Bechet, George Lewis, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone and of course, Louis Armstrong.
In keeping with the spontaneous nature of the music every performance is an energetic collection of improvisations. There was no play list, nor did the musicians know what song from their diverse repertoire of early twentieth century popular tunes, hymns, spirituals, marches, blues and rags would Allen, in collaboration with band director Eddy Davis, would call out next!
Really enjoyed today .. bit of toe tapping finger clicking New Orleans Jazz with Woody Allen at the fabulous
RoyalAlbertHall</a> <a href="https://t.co/VgjHWFL3PD">pic.twitter.com/VgjHWFL3PD</a></p>— Lynn (tangleduptotty) 2 July 2017
Just heard Woody Allen play superbly
RoyalAlbertHall</a> - best Sweet Georgia Brown I've ever heard</p>— John Simpson (JohnSimpsonNews) 2 July 2017
Had such fun at Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band concert at the
RoyalAlbertHall</a> tonight, it was like being on one of his film sets!</p>— Twinkle Troughton (TwinkTroughton) 2 July 2017
Photos © Christie Goodwin