Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent, Support - Arnie Somogyi's Trio

Monday 7th September 2015 - Saturday 12th September 2015
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Monday 7th September 2015
- Saturday 12th September 2015

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18:00

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Stacey Kent Support - Arnie Somogyi's Trio
Line-up: Stacey Kent, vocals; Jim Tomlinson, saxes, flute; Graham Harvey, piano, fender; Jeremy Brown, bass; Josh Morrison, drums. 

Acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer, Stacey Kent, sings from the soul, telling her stories with faultless phrasing and a lucid, enchanting voice. Stacey returns to Ronnie Scott's Club to present her best-loved songs alongside selections from her forthcoming album, TENDERLY (Sony), due for release in November 2015.

TENDERLY, an intimate collection of standards, sees Stacey revisit the Great American Songbook, the repertoire for which she first became known.


TENDERLY, performed alongside legendary composer/guitarist, Roberto Menescal, is Stacey’s first standards album since her Gold-selling 2003 album, THE BOY NEXT DOOR. The intervening years have seen Kent broaden her repertoire to include originals written specially for her by famed novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro and Jim Tomlinson. Her platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated Breakfast On The Morning Tram (Blue Note/EMI 2007), was described in Jazz Times as a "marvelously inventive launching pad for this bold, brave new Kent.”


This was followed by the all-French, RACONTE-MOI (EMI/BLUE NOTE 2010), Kent’s first live album, recorded in Paris, DREAMER IN CONCERT (EMI/BLUE NOTE 2011), and THE CHANGING LIGHTS (WARNER 2013), a collection of Brazilian and Bossa-inspired originals.


Other recent highlights include a live album with Brazilian composer/singer/keyboardist, Marcos Valle. Inviting Stacey to celebrate 50 years of his career, MARCOS VALLE & STACEY KENT AO VIVO (Sony 2013) sees them performing the greatest hits of Marcos’ career (So Nice, If You Went Away, The Face I Love, Look Who’s Mine etc) as well as new songs that Marcos has written especially for Stacey.


Whatever the repertoire, Stacey's appearance at Ronnie Scott's Club is an annual homecoming not to be missed!


"Stacey's singing never lets us forget these songs are about people. Her protagonists come to life so fully in her voice, you sometimes have to remind yourself the CD has no visuals. She has, in fact, much in common with today's finest screen actors who, assured of the camera's ability to pick out detail, portray complex shades of personality, motive and feeling through subtle adjustments of face and posture....here's a great jazz diva of our age." - Kazuo Ishiguro


"Ms. Kent embodied the essence of saudade as persuasively as any of her Brazilian idols. As she threw back her head and crooned softly, you had the sense of a woman with nothing to protect, living in the moment and dreaming out loud.’ - Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Support - Arnie Somogyi's Trio

"Somogyi has respect for the jazz tradition whilst simultaneously subtly undermining it. Long may he continue to do so." - TheJazzMann.com

Starting out on bass guitar at 14 and later moving onto the double bass, Arnie began playing with Portishead’s Adrian Utley during a BA Hons course in English at Bristol University before moving to London to play with Acid Jazz legend Tommy Chase.

In 1990 he won a scholarship to The Guildhall of Music in London to study on the postgraduate jazz course.

Now based in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, Arnie is a much-sought after musician, composer, bandleader and a jazz lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire. He’s performed and recorded with a wide variety of leading musicians, from pop legends Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse and Charlie Watts to renowned jazz artists including John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Steve Grossman, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Annie Ross, Clare Martin, Art Farmer, Joey Calderazzo and Bud Shank. Arnie has featured on over 40 albums with leading talents including Eddie Henderson, Eric Alexander, Omar, Chris Botti, and the Verve’s Richard Ashcroft. He’s also appeared on film soundtracks including ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ and on-screen in the Oscar-nominated “An Education” (2009). He has presented three BBC Radio 4 ‘road-movie-for-radio’ documentaries about Eastern Europe and has recorded international music features for BBC Radio.
    


Arnie is also a partner in music production outfit, Voodookazoo, working with ITV, Talkback Thames, Discovery Channel, The Disney Channel, Triffic Films and Carlin Publishing as well as composing and producing music for numerous video games.

His first album as leader and composer in 2000, 'Cold Cherry Soup',was received with widespread critical acclaim and chosen as BBC Music Magazine's Jazz Pick of the Month. He also created and led the acclaimed Hungary Jazz Festival in Soho in May 2002, starring some of the UK's and Hungary's finest jazz artists. Arnie was also the motivating force behind IMPROVOKATION, a ground-breaking Anglo-Hungarian 10-piece ensemble of leading jazz and folk musicians. The debut tour in 2004, backed by Arts Council East, included Cheltenham International Jazz Festival, Appleby Jazz Festival & Ronnie Scott’s.


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Ambulance is his latest project as band leader – a highly original five-piece band launched at Ronnie Scott’s in 2005, and which was chosen for the first-ever jazz-residency at the prestigious Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh in Spring 2006 where they created an entirely original set of new material. The band’s subsequent performances at Ronnie Scott’s in September 2006 with legendary guest trumpeter Eddie Henderson won extensive plaudits across the national press.

The subsequent CD, ‘Accident and Insurgency’, was released on Linn Records in January 2008, and supported by another UK tour, again as a sextet with Eddie Henderson, including the Southport Jazz Festival and a headline slot at Ronnie Scott’s with further appearances later that year at Cheltenham, Brecon and Glasgow International Jazz Festivals

The tour and CD attracted significant critical acclaim, including **** reviews in The Guardian, The Times, BBC Music Magazine, Jazzwise and The Scotsman; and was featured Gig of the Week and Critic's Choice in Time Out. The band was cover feature in Jazz UK and Jazzwise magazines and nominated for Ensemble of the Year at the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.The CD was nominated as BBC Jazz CD of the Year 2008.

He works frequently at Ronnie Scott’s club as a member of the club's house band, the “Ronnie Scott’s All-Stars”.


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