The cheering crowd at Alvaston Hall, Cheshire were naturally prepared for the Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jnr classics which they had in abundance, but shake the cocktail mix with music from James Bond, Streisand and even the theme from Rocky and you’ve got an unforgettable night of live entertainment.

Performance Alverston 9“What the Worlds Needs Now”, “Come Fly With Me”, “From Russian With Love”, “Lady is a Tramp” – the two-hour show had a repertoire to beat anything in the West End or Broadway.

It’s a rarity to see a 15-piece show on stage in today’s age, which is why this production is positively dripping in talent, entertainment, great voices and harkens to a golden age of the all-time greats.

With a 40-year career under his belt, Jeff commanded the stage with sheer class and a rich voice that has matured beautifully with the passing of time like the finest of wines.

His personable approach and polished performance was coupled by witty tales of a showbusiness career that saw him work with Matt Monro, Tony Bennett, Hal David and as lead vocalist for the Syd Lawrence Orchestra for a decade.

Couple that with impressions of performers ranging from Sarah Vaughan and Johnny Matthis to a drunken Dean Martin and even Jimmy Durante, and you’ve got entertainment like a 1960s Saturday on the Las Vegas Strip.

Welcoming the onstage partnership with sassy showtune-belter Louise Warren whose performance of Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald classics displayed a huge voice easily in control of some big showtunes.

Undoubtedly the combined voices of both stars shone bright, but the performance of a full swing band of first-class musicians created the big sound of brass and bass that made this a show which wouldn’t be out of place in the country’s biggest concert halls.

Jeff Hooper has a hit on his hands – the chairman of his own board is reaching even bigger heights.