Michele Drees, Drumkit., Andy Hamill, Double Bass, John Crawford, piano.SPECIAL GUESTS. Ana Maria Velez Latin vocals, Emma Wilson Vocals, Annette Walker, Rhythm Tap, Hilary Cameron piano/flute/voice, Barbara Snow Trumpet, Karen Sharp Sax
Michele Drees’ drumming takes in any number of influences, and while she is perfectly at home with jazz, funk, R&B and pop, she has displayed a fondness for Latin rhythms during her career. Having played with the likes of k d lang, Seal and Susanne Vega, as well as an experimental five year stretch with drum and bass pioneers Badmarsh and Shri, she is able to tackle anything that comes her way, and as such audiences can expect something of a mixed, but perfectly honed bag for this performance.
Michele Drees has been working as a drummer and percussionist since the early 1980’s, and from the beginning stood out as a female drummer in what were at those periods almost universally “male genres”. Her musical interests widened during that decade, drawing her into jazz and Latin styles; this in turn led her to study at diploma level at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 1987.
During and after that period, she gigged with a variety of artists who are all now regarded as leading lights of the UK jazz scene: Tim Whitehead, Ian Shaw, Clare Martin, Carol Grimes, Mornington Lockett, Jean Toussaint and many more. By the early 90s Michele broke into mainstream pop with a tour for Marc Almond and a TV residency on the Jonathan Ross Saturday Zoo show: among those making live appearances that she backed were k.d. Lang, Suzanne Vega and Candy Dulfer.
Her personal career highlight was as a Latin percussionist touring with the late Kirsty McColl’s Tropical Brainstorm album and five years with the tremendous Badmarsh and Shri. Now leading her own fabulous quartet featuring one of the UK's greatest Rhythm Tap dancers."