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Benoit Viellefon Trio

L'Aubette Live

Beniot Viellefon

Swing veteran Benoit Viellefon and his trio present the music of Nat King Cole, Charles Trenet and others in a programme drawn from 1930s New York and Paris.

 Nat King Cole, before his better-known career as a pop singer of the 1950s, was one of the most well respected pianists of the swing era. His trio, with Oscar Moore on guitar and Johnny Miller on bass, represent one of the all-time high points of ensemble jazz. The Parisian musical community - who had enthusiastically embraced jazz in the 1920s - soon fused it with the French popular tradition of the chanson, with memorable results.

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening throughout Into the Night, the galleries will come to life with performance in the exhibition’s recreation of Strasbourg’s iconic L’Aubette (1928), focusing on the vitality and diversity of jazz as performed across the globe. The evenings are co-curated with Mark Kavuma, a prominent young trumpet player on the British jazz scene.


Classic cocktails will also be served in the adjoining recreation of Vienna’s jewel-like Cabaret Fledermaus bar.

The performance starts at 7pm and is free with an Into the Night exhibition ticket. 

Please note that the performance finishes at approximately 8pm and the gallery closes at 9pm.


photo of a woman wearing glasses talking to the camera

Watch: Curator Florence Ostende on Into the Night

Learn more about the exhibition as curator Florence Ostende talks to us about the exhibition.

mark kavuma and michael shrimpling playing music in the exhibition into the night at the barbican

Barbican Sessions: Mark Kavuma & Michael Shrimpling


Trumpet player Mark Kavuma and bass player Michael Shrimpling perform 'Memories of you', composed by Eubie Blake, in our exhibition Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art.

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