Jazz FM presents Peppermint Candy at the Cobden Club, Wednesday 6th July: Imagine a teenage Ella Fitzgerald singing her heart out in a battle of the bands at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. She’s on Chick Webb’s team, but has to give it her all to beat Benny Goodman’s Orchestra and how can she really compete with Count Basie? Meanwhile, the crowd is going crazy. Over in Kat’s Corner, where only the most adventurous get to dance, Frankie Manning and his ‘Queen of Swing’ Norma Miller are jumping over each other, performing the first ever “air steps” that later become known as lindyhop.
If that sounds like your sort of night and you haven’t yet invented time travel, then get ready for Jazz FM’s Peppermint Candy swing music and dance extravaganza – a one-off celebration of the station’s recently launched Peppermint Candy show presented by Broken Hearts DJs and the upcoming Peppermint Candy swing music compilation album, launched in collaboration with Universal Music TV on 18th July. A lost night at London’s Grade II listed Cobden Club, the evening’s entertainments will take in a gourmet dinner, bespoke Peppermint Candy cocktails, live performances in the Grand Music Hall and DJs across Cobden Club’s three historic floors.
The Correspondents will headline the live line-up, possibly the world’s only swing-hop performers, who headlined Bestival’s main stage last year. The unlikely pair are lanky and dapper MC Mr Bruce and bearded DJ-Producer Mr. Chuckles, splicing 30s swing samples with modern drum ‘n’ bass loops and grimy dubstep to create a toe-tapping, wall-jumping act that makes Simian Mobile Disco look positively tame.
Support comes from Top Shelf Jazz, a tongue-in-cheek big band once described by Paul Ross as “your happy hardcore handbag house,” and regulars at the Royal Albert Hall. Dressed up in tails and fezes, the “filthy purveyors of fine swing” can warm up any crowd – just try not to dance with a huge smile on your face when they break out into ‘Blue Skies Round the Corner’.
Vintage sweethearts Broken Hearts DJs, will host the night, DJing in the Grand Music Hall. The turntable goddesses frequently feature in “hottest DJs” lists, and will be spinning their very best swing tracks from The Andrews’ Sisters wartime chart toppers to Swing Republic’s Bing Cosby remixes. They are currently presenting Jazz FM’s swing music Peppermint Candy show, which The Guardian’s Elisabeth Mahoney says “will shatter all your expectations of jazz radio.”
Nick Hollywood will take over the first floor – the place to be if you want to jump and jive to 2011’s most electrifying swing remixes. Owner of Freshly Squeezed records, Nick is the genius behind the White Mink, Black Cotton compilation series and club nights, and is the UK’s definitive authority on mixing speakeasy swing with electro, appearing at all of this summer’s key festivals.
Another dance floor will be taken over by ‘King of Swing’ Paul Golledge and his original 1930s art deco DJ decks. Highly respected amongst the most dedicated swing dancers and TV commissioners alike, Paul only DJs with original 78s and advises the BBC on the right kind of music for period productions and even featured on Dennis Potter’s Lipstick on Your Collar. He also runs London’s constantly sold out Mouthful O’ Jam night, and will perform with the Shellac Collective at Camp Bestival in conjunction with Rob Da Bank.
Last but not least we have Mikyla and The She Set. Always resplendent in 1920s getup, Mikyla is the vintage queen of the cooler-than-thou female DJ group The She Set, celebrated for curating Dalston’s The Sect, and DJing the hottest music and fashion parties.
All guests will be able to sample never-made-before Peppermint Candy cocktails with a hint of peppermint blue and served in a martini glass, prepared by Johan Svensson at Drinks Fusion. A special selection of dinner ticket holders and guests will also sit down to a gourmet three course meal, freshly prepared by Cobden’s own chef, Jason Whomersley, also resident at the Savoy Hotel.
The first fifty guests to arrive at the event will receive Tatty Devine goody bags containing Tatty Devine’s Peppermint Candy necklace and Cockatiel Rings, designed to perch on your little finger, making it the perfect cocktail party accessory. Made in Tatty Devine’s London workshop in white lasercut Perspex, it is finished by hand with pale pink detailing and a Swarovski crystal eye. Hummingbird cupcakes, the Peppermint Candy CD and old English peppermint sweets will also be given away to guests.
Dinner tickets are £50 and dance & music tickets are £15. Available from www.eventim.co.uk. Doors open at 7pm and dinner is at 7.30pm for dinner ticket holders. Doors open at 9pm for event ticket holders, and the night ends at 2am. The Cobden Club is at 170 – 172 Kensal Road, London W10 5BN (nearest tube Westbourne Park).