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Salena Jones

19th May 2024, 12pm

During the past five decades, Salena has been a central figure on the British jazz scene. 

Ticket prices

£15 – £25

Line-up

SALENA JONES – vocals
MARTIN SHAW – trumpet/flugelhorn
RICHARD SHEPHERD – saxes
PETE BILLINGTON – piano
OLI HAYHURST – bass
PETE CATER – drums

In 1965, she was booked for the first time at Ronnie Scott’s for two weeks but, such was the audience reaction that she was held over for another week, and then another, eventually appearing for seven consecutive weeks – still a record after all this time.

Salena has sung with Louis Armstrong, Hank Jones, Ray Brown, Sarah Vaughan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, the BBC Big Band and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, thus moving beyond jazz. She has made forty-three solo albums and twenty two singles since her first recording was released in 1949.

New Jersey’s world-travelled charmer is one of the best jazz-meets-cabaret singers in the business. Disciples who hung on her every sound at Ronnie Scott’s for years will know just what the velvet voice can do to jazz, blues, ballads and pop.

— London Evening Standard