Thursday 15th August 2019
£25.00 - £42.50
Band line-up : Judi Jackson - vocals, Jamie Safir – piano, Ben Brown – drums, Joe Downard – bass
Judi Jackson was introduced to the world of music through the Jefferson Centre’s Music Lab in her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. It was here she met Wynton Marsalis, and opened for Mavis Staples, which sparked her development as a jazz vocalist and performer. Before graduating from the University of Mary Washington with a BA in Musical Theatre, Judi recorded her original song, ‘Only Love’ with Grammy award-winning band Snarky Puppy under the direction of friend and mentor Michael League.
Judi is currently based between NYC and London, her debut EP “Blame It On My Youth” Co. written and produced by Warner Music’s George Moore received outstanding reviews from BBC Radio hosts Robert Elms and Jamie Cullum amongst many others.
Judi has sold out headline shows at the Jazz Café and XOYO in London, Minton’s and Smoke in NYC, and the Seville Jazz Festival in Spain. When she’s is not on the road, Judi enjoys writing music and collaborating with other musicians. On the 10th June 2018 Judi recorded her debut live album Judi Jackson ‘Live In London’ set to be released in early Sept 2018.
“My main objective is to spread love to any and all willing to receive it.” – Judi Jackson
+support: Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Singer, songwriter, cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a rare exception to the rule that classical and alternative r&b music cannot successfully coexist.
Graduating with a first from both Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Manhattan School of Music, Ayanna was a participant in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Young Composers Scheme and become an Emerging Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre. She was a featured artist with Courtney Pine’s Afropeans: Jazz Warriors and became the only non-American to win Amateur Night Live at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NYC.
As a composer, she has scored original music for various productions and as an arranger and orchestrator Ayanna has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra (Hugh Masekela), and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Urban Classic).
Since releasing her EP’s Truthfully and Black Panther Ayanna has extensively toured the UK and several countries in Europe, whilst gaining a MOBO award nomination and getting airplay on BBC Radio 1 & BBC 1Xtra. A performer of extraordinary versatility her live shows are intimate journeys that chronicle her experience as a female artist in the 21st century.
Because of her musical prowess, mesmerising vocals, non-compromising lyrics and ability to deftly reinterpret songs on the cello Ayanna is able to straddle both the classical and urban worlds effortlessly.
She is the definition of eclectic soul.
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