Fairfield Halls – 50 years of jazz
Fairfield Halls Croydon has enjoyed much success over the years – as well as many historical classical and pop/rock concerts, the big names in jazz have also performed there.
Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich all appeared through the decades.
To remember these and other jazz names appearing at Fairfield Halls since 1962, the BBC Big Band will be appearing on 26 October in “A Swinging Celebration”, a special concert to be recorded for Radio 2’s Big Band Special.
In addition, immediately following the concert, there will be a free jazz event in the Foyer Performance area, to be recorded for Radio 3’s Jazz Line-Up. Introduced by Julian Joseph, Alan Barnes and his group will play live, plus there will be recorded music and interviews – all reflecting jazz at Fairfield over the past 50 years.
If anyone has personal recollections of any of the major jazz events at Fairfield, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details of both events will be announced shortly