Line up confirmed: Madeline Bell - Vocals, Dave Arch - Piano, Paul Dunne - Guitar, Frank Ricotti - Percussion/Vibes, Trevor Barry - Bass, Ian Thomas- Drums & Tommy Blaize - Vocals
A welcome return for this superb jazz, pop and soul singer whose expressive voice and dynamic personality has been enthralling Ronnie Scott’s audiences since 1987, receiving tumultuous responses each time. American-born Madeline Bell is immensely talented with a voice that can tower to spectacular heights then swoop to a deep emotional intensity.
Bell began her singing career in the mid 50’s as a member of her local gospel choir. Her compelling, unique and powerfully penetrating voice would take her across the world including a European tour with a musical, ‘Black Nativity’ which in 1962 hit London, the city she would make her home. Bell went on to work as a backing singer with many stars including Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Scott Walker, Long John Baldry, Joe Cocker and Elton John to name a few. Her first UK solo album in 1967 included the tune ‘Picture Me Gone’, recognised as a momentous Northern Soul classic. In the late 1960’s, Bell joined the contemporary pop combo, Blue Mink with whom she had the uplifting hit, ‘Melting Pot’. Madeline has released numerous CDs revealing supreme talents and array of styles. Expect sophisticated jazz and soul delivered with all the charm and panache of one of the UK’s favourite singers.