Saturday 17th June 7.30pm / Main House


A Musical tour through the iconic photograph featuring STRICTLY SMOKIN’ BIG BAND and Alice Grace

10am, August 12th 1958 at 17 East 126th Street in Harlem between Fifth and Madison Avenues – a collection of the most influential jazz musicians of all time gather to be photographed for the front cover of Esquire Magazine by Art Kane.

HARLEM ‘58, tours the music of these iconic names whilst delving into their intricate personalities and the exciting world of jazz in 1950s New York City – all performed by the fabulous 18-piece Strictly Smokin’ Big Band with Alice Grace.

The story begins with Count Basie, an iconic big band leader, who’s musical career began only a few blocks away from the photo location watching master pianist Fats Waller perform at the old Lincon Theatre, NYC.

Each musician links to the next as members of Strictly Smokin’ tell their stories, drawing tales from the exciting world of the New York jazz scene and bring their relationships to life through liver performances: Mary Lou Williams, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Jones, Gene Krupa, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver and many more.

Please note that on occasion substitute musicians and vocalists are used without notice.

Performance Dates and Times

Saturday 17th June 7.30pm

Full Price £18.00 (Premier seating available for an additional £2)


Running Time: 2 hours including interval

Your Visit

We look forward to your visit!

Parking is located to the rear of the Playhouse in the public car parks. Parking discs are required to be displayed until 6pm and are available from the Visitor Information Centre located within the Playhouse building. Please check individual car park signs for any time restrictions.

Grab a bite to eat at the Playhouse Kitchen or why not relax and enjoy a drink in our Playhouse Bar? The bar serves an extensive range of drinks including draught and local bottled beers, wines, and gins.