Sunday 28th January 2018
£13.50 - £16.50
Zoe Francis is a singer to listen out for. She communicates a love and understanding of the classic American songbook with the lightest of touches. It sounds easy and casual until you notice how deftly each turn of phrase falls in just the right place, both rhythmically and to chime with the meaning of the words. Zoe started singing while Living in New York for a while. Learning her craft through Barry Harris workshops and singing in small venues in Manhattan with great musicians including Harry Allen and Joe Cohn.
Zoe has now established herself on the London jazz scene with her first album "Looking For A Boy", a plea to which fabled guitarist Jim Mullen provided the answer!! The two are now a famed duo and given Jim's unparalleled musicianship are leading lights in the UK Jazz scene.
Iconic American singer/pianist Blossom Dearie, one of the last supper club performers, was a favourite at Ronnie Scott's club. Her unique vocal style and accompaniment personalized every song she sung. This concert is a homage to her repertoire. After living in Paris and London she returned to her native New York and for 7 years performed at Danny's Skylight Room on West 46th Street where she played her final engagement in 2006.
Performing this afternoon with London-born Zoe Francis (who herself started singing in New York), are award-winning guitarist Jim Mullen, with pianist Barry Green and bassist Mick Hutton.
Jim Mullen is a multi-award winning guitarist with a unique jazz style and sound, who is regarded as the high priest of the instrument by most young jazz guitarists. His quartet was in existence for six years from 1996 and is one of the most powerful ever to appear on the British jazz scene.
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