Echoes of the Jazz Age

With John Bell and Simon Tedeschi
And Special Guest Blazey Best

The 1920s, or the Jazz Age, was one of the most thrilling decades in history.

In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who invented the term, it was an age of miracles, an age of art, an age of excess and an age of satire. The dazzling events of the era lasted for ten years until, as he put it so evocatively, they leaped to a spectacular death with the Wall Street crash in October 1929. Nowhere is this period better described than in Echoes of the Jazz Age, Fitzgerald’s famous essay on the Roaring Twenties.

And nowhere is the decade’s remarkable aura more brilliantly evoked than in John Bell and Simon Tedeschi’s performance of the same title, in words and music.

Centered around Fitzgerald’s essay, with sizzling quotes from Mae West, Groucho Marx, and Dorothy Parker, and poetry by T.S Eliot, the performance features the irresistible piano music of Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong and James P Johnson, and songs by George Gershwin, Ray Henderson and Fats Waller. Revered actor and director John Bell and renowned pianist Simon Tedeschi are two of Australia’s best-loved artists.  Accompanied by special guest actress and singer Blazey Best, this third remarkable collaboration, will be a magical, entertaining show, taking audiences back to all the brilliance and bedazzlement of the Jazz Age.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts


“It is story-telling for adults, heart-rending and sophisticated… Bell drives the tale with unbelievable pace… a virtuoso performance.” Stage Whispers

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Eat & Drink

The bar will be open for this event – enjoy a drink with friends while having a laugh, or stop by the HOTA Café for a bite to eat. Click through to our Eat and Drink options for opening times and more information.

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Keeping you safe

It is incredibly important to us that you have a safe experience when you come to HOTA. We have a COVID Safe plan which you can read on our FAQs page and there are some new conditions of entry which you should read before purchasing a ticket or attending an event at HOTA.

All events are set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines. All you have to do is enjoy yourself.


Creative Development for Echoes of the Jazz Age was generously supported by City Recital Hall, and the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (NSW).

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