Sat 27 January • Bessie Smith • Empress of Blues & Jazz



Bessie Smith (15th April 1894 – 26th September 1937)
Nicknamed the “
Empress of the Blues”, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers.

Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her blues troupe (internationally acclaimed drummer, Sam Kelly with Musical Director, Paul Jobson on keyboards, Tony Qunta on acoustic guitar, Richard Sadler on upright bass, Chuck Lloyd on saxophone and Kevin Davy on trumpet) perform to a narrated show, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie’s songs.


The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years.

Saturday 27 January
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Duration: 2x 45 min sets with interval
£15 / £13 members & concessions


Sat 10 February • The Pasadena Roof Orchestra


The Pasadena Roof Orchestra

A vintage dance band in every sense of the word! For 45 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Enjoy beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries and re-live the electrifying hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington.
Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway. So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour.

“It is said that if some Pasadena Roof Orchestra tunes are floating past her window, the Queen is not displeased” (The Daily Telegraph)

“An evening of rare musical entertainment” (The Financial Times)

“For the PRO I have nothing but praise, they brilliantly evoked an array of 20’s and 30’s musical styles” (The Sunday Telegraph)

Saturday 10 February
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Duration: 2x 50 min sets with interval
£22 / £20 members & concessions


Wed 28 February • Mike Denham Speakeasy with Mike Snelling

Mike Denham Speakeasy with Mike Snelling

We are delighted to welcome back pianist Mike Denham for the first of his regular Speakeasy nights for 2018 where he will be joined on stage by clarinettist and saxophonist Mike Snelling.

Mike spent many years combining his love of music with a teaching career before turning to music full-time. He was a member of the Big Chris Barber Band for three years and has worked with some of the world’s finest players. Prepare to hear some mesmerising playing influenced by the likes of Ed Hall, Artie Shaw, Archie Semple, Omer Simeon, Benny Goodman and Coleman Hawkins.


Wednesday 28 February
JAZZ – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£14 / £12 members & concessions

Fri 16 March • The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars • The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook

The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars: The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook

Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars return to Dorchester. Their new show features songs made famous by the many vocalists and artists that have appeared at the club – from Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald through to Sonny Rollins and many others. The sensational band are joined by vocalist Natalie Williams: “One of the UK’s hottest singers…” Time Out. Projections of archive footage and classic photography tell the story of the club, and this show is a must for any music fan. Last year’s show was a sell-out, so book early…

‘Full-on brilliance’ The Guardian

Friday 16 March
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)
£23 / £21 members and concessions