You may have seen them at a gig, lindy hop event or music festival but The Easy Rollers have another creative way to present the music they play. The 'show' is a snapshot of The Jazz Age (1920-1933) and The Swing Era (1933–1947) with theatrical interludes, popular dance styles of the time and some of the finest jazz this side of the Atlantic!
With the music as the main focus, it features a cabaret style performance with songs strung together by either theatrical, factual or musical segues, offering audiences an authentic underground speakeasy experience and the opportunity to discover more about the post-prohibition era and jazz during the Great Depression.
For the past three years we have taken the show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as appearing at a number of other festivals and theatres around the UK. In 2020, we will be revisiting the 20s for an extra special two-act show that will take you through the Prohibition and beyond, with music from the Jazz Age, Swing Era and, well... you’ll have to come and see it.
Here is the trailer from our 2019 Edinburgh Fringe show to give you an idea.....
FringeReview 2019 by Tim Waldock
"A slick, tightly choreographed hour of sizzling speakeasy from a melodious young septet."
"...we get an hour of sumptuous sounds and mellifluous melodies at our very own 21st century “speakeasy” down in the cavernous Jazz Bar on Chambers Street..."
"...This is a band that let’s their music do the talking with the very cleverly crafted segues acting as a brief, seamless link from one number to the next..."
"...It really is foot-tapping music in a show that never really stops to draw breath – and is all the better for it. Musicianship is top-notch and Sicari’s voice is to die for...."
"...Definitely one to recommend for all music lovers and particularly anyone with a fondness for Tin Pan Alley and its big back catalogue..."
Read the full review HERE.
+3 Interview 2019
Tell us about your show:
We are a group of jazz musicians but our show also includes elements of dance, dialogues and interesting facts about the Prohibition Era/ The Jazz Age. Everyone in the band gets involved and it is very much a ‘show’ rather than just an ordinary gig. “Speakeasy Jazz” is a cabaret style performance, this means that we have chosen lots of different songs, in this case from 1920-1933, and have strung a narrative to connect each of them. Sometimes it is a musical or fun skit segue, sometimes it is a historical one.
As a band we have been performing in jazz festivals, events and gigs for the last three years but this particular ‘theatre show’ was written specifically for the Edinburgh Fringe. We wrote it together in 2016 just to see how it would go and the rest is history!