The glamour of the 30s

The era of cocktails, dances and glamour will be recreated at The Gordon Craig Theatre Ovations restaurant this weekend with jazz from the 30s and 40s.

Kate Garner, daughter of Aston’s Chas Hodges of Chas and Dave, will return to the restaurant for this month’s Sunday afternoon jazz session.

Kate, who lives in Stevenage, said she has been playing the piano, singing and writing songs since she was five-years-old.

“My love of vintage songs and stride piano comes from the many family parties I remember as a child, where I was introduced to the music of the Mills Brothers, Fats Waller, Billie Holliday and songwriters Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

“When I was 12 my dad realised that my passion for old music was more than a passing fad and bought me a gramophone and box of 78’s from a flea market. I discovered some beautiful songs from the sophisticated dance bands of the 1930s and I made my own arrangements of them.”

She has since gone on to play The Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium and Vintage at Goodwood as well as touring with her dad and godfather Dave.

Non-dining entry is �6 from noon until 3pm.

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