Tony’s Festivals

Hot Jazz, Big Band Swing, Cabaret & Dance

For over 15 years, Tony presented and hosted more than 30 sell-out Music Festivals at South Downs Holiday Village near Chichester.

They featured the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, the Tony Jacobs-Sue Greenway Big Band, the Jim Barry Quintet, the Swing Time Jivers, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Mazaika, Eleanor Keenan, Catherine Sykes, Louise Cookman, Elaine Delmar, the Brian Dee Trio, Steve Rushton’s Tribute to Gene Krupa and Anita O’Day, the London Hot Rhythm Boys,  Neville Dickie’s Rhythmakers, the Bateman Brothers, Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band, Keith Nicholls,  the late, greats Dave Shepherd and Ronnie Verrell, Roger Nobes, the Jay Craig Orchestra, Neil Bullock, Paul Morgan and many other world-class guests and musicians.

People have regularly travelled from all over the UK – and even Sark and Luxembourg! – to enjoy and indulge in some of the best music around and many have become great friends.

2017 saw Warner’s Thorseby Hall and Gunton Hall continuing the Tony Jacobs Music Experience! Negotiations are underway with other UK venues so please watch this space for future developments. And if you’d like to be kept up-to-date with Tony’s Festivals, do subscribe to his newsletter by contacting him direct at

Thorsby HallAt Warner’s magnificent Thorseby Hall Hotel in Nottinghamshire, Tony’s four day Music Festival on May 15th,16th,17th,18th 2017  SOLD OUT with around 400 guests! The line-up included the Bateman Brothers’ Ultimate Louis Armstrong Show – with guests Enrico Tomasso and ‘Spats’ Langham, the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, the Tony Jacobs-Sue Greenway Big Band, the American and British Songbook Show, the Swing Time Jivers and daytime events which  included a tea-dance, a dance workshop and cabaret show.

At Basingstoke’s Country Hotel on July 14th, 15th and 16th  2017, Tony’s Summer Weekend of Big Band, Hot Jazz and Swing featured the Temperance Seven; The Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra (with dancers Maxine and Russell); A Swell Party with the Jim Barry Quintet, Tony & Louise Cookman; daytime cabaret with Tony & Jim and Gipsy Jazz, Russian Folk Songs and a touch of Mario Lanza from the amazing Mazaika. Booking exclusively through Isle Of Wight Tours

At Warner’s Gunton Hall  in Suffolk on November 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th, 2017, Tony presented ‘SWING THAT MUSIC’ featuring ‘A SWELL PARTY’ with the Jim Barry Quintet, ‘SHAKE THAT THING’ with the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra and the Swing Time Jivers, a STRICT-TEMPO DANCE EVENING, Daytime Cabaret , ‘SWING SPECIAL’ with the Tony Jacobs-Sue Greenway 17 piece Big Band and much more. During this sold out event, the number of re-bookings for November 2018 at the same venue was described as ‘phenomenal’!

‘Twixmas in Bournemouth’ at the Royal Bath Hotel (December 27th/28th/29th) featured the Tony Jacobs-Sue Greenway Big Band with guest vocalist Eleanor Keenan; Neville Dickie and His Rhythmakers; the Jim Barry Quintet with Tony & Louise Cookman; a tea-dance with Eleanor and her musicians;  and daytime cabaret with Tony & Jim. Bookings through Isle Of Wight Tours.

In 2018, Tony presented a Swinging Valentine’s Festival at Eastbourne’s Cavendish Hotel (February 13th/14th/15th/16th ) – booking exclusively though Isle Of Wight Tours. This four day event featured the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra,  the Jim Barry Quintet, Louise Cookman, Catherine Sykes, the wonderful Elaine Delmar and her musicians, daytime cabaret and the world premier of ‘Now You Has Bing & Louis!’ – a celebration of the music of Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong – with Ian Bateman’s Jazz Band, Tony Jacobs and Enrico Tomasso.

Tony returned to Warner’s Thoresby Hall  on May 14th/15th/16th/17th 2018 with a line-up that included the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, the Swing Time Jivers, dancers Lou Brockman and Heather Gehring (direct from New York’s Carnegie Hall) with their Silver Screen Ballroom Show, the Jim Barry Quintet with their Songbook Show, the Tony Jacobs 17 piece Big Band, special guests Louise Cookman, Sue Greenway, Catherine Sykes and much more. This event also SOLD OUT!

At Warner’s Cricket St Thomas  on August 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th,  Tony presented two evenings with the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra (one with the Swing Time Jivers and SHAKE THAT THING!, the Tony Jacobs Big Band, the Jim Barry Quintet, Louise  Cookman and more! Another sell-out! We have been invited back in August 2019 (12th, 13th, 14th, 15th) Rooms are selling fast!

At Warner’s Gunton Hall (November 5th/6th/7th/8th), he will be with  his and Sue Greenway’s Big Band celebrating Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and others; the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra; the Swing Time Jivers (plus dance workshop); the Jim Barry Quintet; a strict tempo dance evening, Catherine and Louise and more.

Tony and friends return for a further ‘Twixmas in Southsea’ at the Royal Beach Hotel (December 27th/28th/29th) featuring the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra with guest dancers Nikki Santilli and Patrick Hood;  the Sinatra Years with Tony & the Jim Barry Quintet; Louise Cookman’s celebration of the Jazz Divas  and daytime cabaret with Tony & Jim. Bookings through Isle Of Wight Tours.

In 2019, Tony has already been asked to return to Eastbourne’s Cavendish Hotel with another Valentine’s break. Bookings through Isle Of Wight Tours.(watch this space)

And to Warner’s Thoresby Hall  on May 13th,14th,15th,16th 2019. At the time of writing (August 2018) there are very few rooms left available.

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