The 1960s was a special time in Britain when all eyes were on it and London was the centre of where the swinging 60s was at its coolest. So, following rave reviews from its debut at Wall2Wall Jazz Festival, join critically-acclaimed jazz singer Kevin Fitzsimmons & his top-notch musicians as they celebrate the raft of songs from the cool jazz artists who seeped into the mainstream during this unique time - likes of Mendes, Jobim, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Ramsey Lewis - and those who ran parallel (like Mark Murphy, Shirley Horn). To complete this entertaining retrospective enjoy inspired jazz re-works of hip songs from the famed pop hitmakers of the time, like The Beatles, The Kinks, Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell. What’s more, Kevin's unstoppably swinging musicians - described by Jazzwise as “the cream of UK straight-ahead jazz musicians, solid and groove aplenty” - promise to keep you on the edge of your seat: award-winning pianist Leon Greening (“Catch him when you can”- Jazz Journal International); Ronnie Scott’s Allstars sax king, Alex Garnett; the highly regarded Steve Fishwick (trumpet) and Matt Home (drums); and upcoming bassist Oz Dechaine. So a wonderful afternoon of top jazz is guaranteed.
London born jazz singer/lyricist/songwriter Kevin Fitzsimmons has become one of the most original and distinctive singers on the UK mainstream jazz scene, praised by jazz critics for his impressive, naturally swinging vocals and engaging, highly personable stage presence. Influenced by blues and long-time fan of Mark Murphy, Kevin's insightful interpretations of the standards, inspired jazz re-stylings of carefully chosen soul/pop/ rock classics and original songs have garnered him fans far and wide (including many celebrities). He has enjoyed many sell-out shows here at Ronnie Scott’s, at most of London’s main jazz clubs and venues nationwide & in Europe, and has appeared at several jazz festivals inc. EFG London and Cheltenham. His two albums to date have both received considerable critical acclaim & airplay, and he’s had one of his live concerts broadcast on Jazz FM. In addition, Kevin’s distinctive vocals have featured in TV and radio commercials in the UK & Europe and, in another sector, he plays the part of Frank Sinatra in two U.K. theatre shows: Buble Meets Sinatra: The Showdown! and, based on Sinatra’s iconic era at Capitol Records, ‘Sinatra, Sequins & Swing: The Capitol Years Live! Visit Kevin's official website www.jazzwurx.co.uk
“Unique interpretations, a brilliant gig” – More Opinions (Jazz Nights)
“He can make a cover sound like a jazz original with no other provenance”- Jazz Journal
“Impresses greatly” – UK VIBE (Jazz Culture Online)
“Lovers of jazz vocal have another star to follow” – Jazzwise Magazine
“A singer and band that deserve to be listened to” – Bebop Spoken Here