Treat for jazz lovers coming to Thames Ditton

Treat for jazz lovers coming to Thames Ditton

Love jazz: A valentine's treat for one and all

Treat for jazz lovers coming to Thames Ditton

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter - Richmond and Twickenham

Jazz fans should head to Thames Ditton to welcome a four-piece band for their first performance in Surrey.

Claire Bender, Benjamin Croft, Peter Bakaja and Alain Maurel, collectively known as The Swing Notes, will perform classic music from the 1950s, and will have you toe-tapping or singing along in no time.

With an inspiration of love, the valentine’s themed jazz and swing evening will include songs by well-known artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington and Louis Armstrong.

The Swing Notes are no strangers to performing to packed crowds, having played at venues worldwide including Ronnie Scotts Club, Earls Court, the Royal Festival Hall and the Paris Olympia.

Maurel’s stick and brush playing drumming is the heartbeat of the band, with Croft’s piano playing well complemented by all styles of jazz. Bakaja’s rock solid and tasty bass playing gives the band its strong rhythmic feel.

The style of vocalist Claire Bender is unique, but firmly rooted in the jazz tradition of Sarah Vaughan and Peggy Lee.

She says: “Jazz is my passion. It is really lovely to be able to perform such beautifully crafted songs. The lyrics are written in such a storytelling style in a way that just isn't done anymore and it gives the songs real feeling and passion and makes them really interesting to perform.”

The bar will be open serving snacks and drinks, including some special valentine’s-themed beverages.

The Swing Notes present My Funny Valentine; Vera Fletcher Hall, Embercourt Road, Thames Ditton; February 16, doors open at 7:30pm, show starts 8pm; £10; call 020 8224 0904 or visit


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