Jazz Voice - Celebrating A Century of Song

Featuring Imelda May, Juliet Roberts, Patti Austin, Natalie Duncan, Claire Martin, Junior Giscombe, Gwyneth Herbert and Brendan Reilly

9 November 2012 / 19:30

£15 - 35

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A born performer, Imelda May has been hailed by the Guardian as 'the closest thing to a superstar the roots/rock scene has produced this century.' With a style forged from a distinctive fusion of blues and rockabilly that wouldn’t be out of place in a David Lynch film, she’s gone from strength to strength, performing with Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum and Jeff Beck while releasing three mega-selling albums.

One of today’s top jazz voices, Grammy-award winning singer Patti Austin made her debut at the legendary Apollo Harlem at the tender age of four and fifty-seven years later is a firmly established vocal star. With a lifetime of chart-topping records, a string of awards to her name, plus a star-studded list of collaborators that includes Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack and Luther Vandross, Austin returns to London for yet another glittering performance.

Juliet Roberts
was the voice of internationally famed British jazz-dance group Working Week through the 80s and their first recording, Working Nights, is due for re-release later this month - a welcome return to the London Jazz Festival for one of this country’s most assured jazz and soul singers.

Take one listen to 'Devil In Me' and 'Uncomfortable Silence' and we defy you not to fall head over heels with Nottingham born Natalie Duncan . With an absolutely incredible, drop dead gorgeous vocal, the piano playing 23 year-old, whose sound is simply classic, pours her life into her lyrics. Indeed, as Duncan herself puts it, “If you want to know who I am, all you have to do is listen to my music.”

Acclaimed as the outstanding voice of her generation, British jazz singer Claire Martin is a four-time British Jazz Awards winner and recently appointed OBE for services to music.

Junion Giscombe is a singer-songwriter who was one of the first British R&B artists to be successful in the United States. 1982 saw Junior hit the chart heights with the infectious anthem ‘Mama Used To Say’ which became a transatlantic hit, prompting Junior’s appearance as the first black British artist on Soul Train and earning him Billboard’s ‘Best Newcomer Award’ presented by the legendary James Brown. The U.S. hit, ‘Too late’ which reached no 8 and his auspicious debut album Ji followed.

A singer-songwriter with one foot in the jazz world and one somewhere in the future, Gwyneth Herbert writes beautiful melodies and has a poet’s grasp of the world around her. Her songwriting has been compared to Lennon and McCartney, Ray Davies and Janis Ian, while musically her influences range from the junk yard clunk of Tom Waits to the Brechtian punk of the Dresden Dolls and from the minimalism of Steve Reich’ to the banging drum ‘n’ bass of Hackney’s pirate stations.


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