I was delighted to be asked to attend and perform at this conference organised by my good friend Kathleen Riley with Chris Bamberger. Astaire's daughter Ava was the honoured guest with her husband Richard McKenzie. Many brainy academics came and gave papers on Astaire's legacy and on the final day I performed on a bill that included West End star Janie Dee, virtuoso pianist Jack Gibbons and US duo Ben and Brad. My accompanist was my friend and collaborator Alex Silverman. I did bits from Star Struck and then Alex and I performed a long medley of neglected Astaire classics. It was an amazing thing for me to be singing and dancing for Fred Astaire's daughter!
Photos by Alessandra Garofalo unless otherwise indicated
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