And All That Jazz

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WordTheatre, ‘the short story performance specialists’ (Sunday Times), presents “And All That Jazz”, an evening of  jazz themed stories, poetry and music celebrating that great big bopping American fusion of African and European rhythms that moved at lightning speed from New Orleans through Chicago and New York, over the ocean to Paris and then the world. An array of acclaimed actors will bring to life the dark smoky rooms, the snare drums, the sequined dresses and bootleg booze.

James Pearson brought the world of dark smoky rooms, the sequined dresses and bootleg booze with his exquisite and jazzy arrangements on piano…

Ginny Holder read Mary Lou Williams

Okezie Morro read “Invitation” by Al Young

Jessica Gunning read “a 1926 headline from The New York Times”

Miles Jupp read Boris Gibalin

Lucy Cohu read “Does Jazz Put the Sin in Syncopation?” by Anne Shaw Faulkner

Joseph Marcell read Langston Hughes

John Schwab read “Concert” by John Edgar Wideman

Jessica Gunning read “Mood Indigo” by Ntozake Shange

Jack Shepard readThe Lost Generation” by Billy Taylor

Miles Jupp read “Jazz Band” by Frank Marshall Davis

John Schwab, Ginny Holder, and Jessica Gunning read Father Peter O’Brien and Mary Lou Williams

Miles Jupp read Jamie Cullum

Joseph Marcell read “The Plum” by Christopher Gilbert

Polly Gibbons and Jessica Gunning read “I live in music” by Ntozake Shange

Okezie Morro read Charlie “Yardbird” Parker

Jack Shepard read Robert Reisner

Ginny Holder, Okezie Morro, and Polly Gibbons read “The Reunion”, by Maya Angelou


Polly Gibbons sang “All of Me” by Billie Holiday

Joseph Marcell, Okezie Morro, and Lucy Cohu read “Pres Spoke in a Language“ by Amiri Baraka

Jack Shepard readThe Amen Corner” by James Baldwin

Miles Jupp read “The Beginning of Bop” by Jack Kerouac

Jack Shepard read “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks

Ginny Holder read Nina Simone

John Schwab read “Wonder: Red Beans and Ricely” by Pushcart Prize Winning Poet, Sydney Lea

Ginny Holder, Polly Gibbons, Jessica Gunning, and Lucy Cohu read “Woman With Trumpet Gets Deported” by Michelle Cliff

Joseph Marcell read Louis Armstrong’s Letter

Directed by Cedering Fox. Produced by Kirsty Peart and Cedering Fox.

Sponsored by EFG.

EFG is a keen supporter of the written word. In addition to its close association with The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, it has supported a number of literary festivals, including Charleston, Althorp and Small Wonder, and has worked with WordTheatre for several years.

Due to the ever-shifting nature of actors’ schedules, cast is subject to change without notice.