jazz & blues

Marlene in Havana: Gypsy Tango Cabaret

Latin Rediscovery presents a seductive introduction to the sultriest sounds of the early 20th century.

It’s an evening inspired by the music of the cabaret stars who appeared at the exclusive Sans Souci Club in Havana, Playa in the late 1950s, just before the Cuban Revolution.

They included Marlene Dietrich, her friend Edith Piaf, and film star Ilona Massey, the Hungarian operetta film diva often compared to the young Dietrich – as well as Frank Sinatra and Tony Martin.

German cabaret and films of the 1920s and 30s bore witness to the fashion for all things Latino. Prepare to hear tango, habanera and foxtrot, gypsy jazz and Afro-Cuban extravaganzas, as performed by Cuban stars such as Benny Moré at the raunchier Tropicana Club.

Opera star and tango singer Ann Liebeck appears with composer and bandoneonist Julian Rowlands (Olivier Award-nominated alongside the cast of Midnight Tango).

Hear Cuban jazz violin virtuoso Omar Puente (double Latin UK award-winner) and Rory Dempsey from Tango Siempre on bass, in a show introducing young jazz pianist Jonny Liebeck.

At its recent Cuban preview at Habana Clásica international festival, the show received a standing ovation.

The musicians collaborated on last summer’s two-day Havana Buenos Aires Classical Latin Music Festival at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, which was also featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

Sponsored by Como No Vamos and Journey Latin America.


Ann Liebeck soprano
Julian Rowlands bandoneon, piano
Rory Dempsey double bass
Omar Puente violin
Jonny Liebeck piano


Gypsy: -
RA Roberts: I may never go home any more
Folk Music: Malédiction d'amour (Who loves and leaves)
Richard Stein: Johnny tu n'es pas un ange
Hollaender: Lass mich einmal deine Carmen sein
Strok: Chiorne Glaza
Folk Music: Sare Patrya
Ernesto Lecuona: Malagueña
Emmerich Kalman: Heia in den Bergen from Die Csárdásfürstin
Tango: -
Julian Rowlands: Buenos Aires Morning for piano
Hollaender: Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte (If I could wish for something) from The Man who Seeks his own Murder
Osvaldo Pugliese: La Yumba
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Michel Emer: L'Accordéoniste
Giraud: Sous le ciel de Paris
Monet: Milord
Cabaret: -
Brühne: Von der Puszta will ich traümen
Omar Puente: Danzón Gloria for violin & piano
Ernesto Lecuona: Siboney arr. Alex McGery
Piazzolla: Balada para un loco
Hollaender: Johnny wenn du Geburtstag hast
Gardel: Por una cabeza
Dostal: Aria, Mann spricht heut from Clivia

Dates & times

6 Sep 2019
Approximate run time: 105 mins
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Purcell Room


£15 - £17.50
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£15, £17.50


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