Sunday 11th February 2018
£15.00 - £20.00
"Silly Silhouette: A New York Story - the Songs of Louis Rubin" featuring: Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw with Alice Zawadzki, Brendan Reilly and Karl Charity with James McMillan (trumpet), Roger Carey (bass) and Russell Field (drums).
The songs in this show ooze the incurable romanticism of their composer Louis Rubin and the New York vibe transports you back to the era of the rhumba, lindy hop and the swing dance halls of America.
“Silly Silhouette”, Rubin’s best known song, was performed on the American TV talent show “Songs for Sale” in 1951 by Rosemary Clooney and the Ray Block Orchestra, when Louis appeared as a double act with his wife Beatrice.
Louis Rubin was born 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Russian immigrants who lived in a tiny apartment with eight siblings. By the age of 16 he was writing songs and jingles and sending them to any publisher he could find. He wrote more than 200 songs, many during World War II. He married the subject of his many love songs, Beatrice, in 1941. A year later he was drafted into the US Army and was shipped to the UK, leaving behind a two month old baby to became a GI, based at Warrington in north-west England. After three years away from his family, he returned home with his passion for song writing undiminished.
Rubin died in 1984 at the age of 64. Thanks to his younger daughter Suzan, who inherited his original sheet music, his songs have been brought to life by some of Britain’s top jazz musicians.
Liane Carroll (vocals and piano) - Award winning Liane has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for decades. MOJO Magazine said of her ‘Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz’.
Ian Shaw (vocals) - With 15 studio albums under his belt, Ian has been dubbed one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists and songwriters.
Karl Charity (vocals and brass) - A multi-talented trumpeter and vocalist, Karl has played in bands, musicals and ensembles, both in the West End and internationally.
Alice Zawadzki (vocals and violin) - A vocalist, composer and classically trained violinist, Alice was described by Jamie Cullum as ‘Uncategorisable, beautiful – a real force to be reckoned with’.
Brendan Reilly (vocals) - An American singer-songwriter who has toured the world with artists such as Disclosure and Basement Jaxx and has worked with Florence and the Machine and Rita Ora.
Roger Carey (bass guitar) - For more than three decades Roger has played bass with different bands. He regularly performs with his life and musical partner Liane Carroll.
Russell Field (drums) - Russell has been playing the drums since he was a teenager and has performed with top artists including Midge Ure, Barbara Dixon, Will Young and Pixie Lott.
James McMillan (trumpet) - Four-time Grammy nominated, Brit award winning McMillian is a record producer and engineer as well as a trumpeter. He has produced number one hits in Jazz, Classical and R&B/Soul genres.
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