Sunday 22nd November 2020
£15.00 - £20.00
to be confirmed
Jivin' Miss Daisy, London's premier swing band, will be playing great songs from Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin as well as classics from Basie, Ellington and others. Bass player Simon Thorpe leads these top musicians in a guaranteed swinging Sunday session.
ABOUT THE BAND:
Simon Thorpe, nominated in 2016 and again in 2017 for a British Jazz Award, is one of Britain's best-known jazz bass players. In addition to recording and touring with artists like Stacey Kent, Alan Barnes, Elaine Delmar, Bobby Wellins and Bheki Mseleku, he has also written music for a BAFTA-winning film, for the theatre and for BBC TV, and leads a number of his own projects. He established Jivin’ Miss Daisy in 1999.
Liz Fletcher started her career in theatre and dance but soon moved into singing and has become one of Britain's best known jazz vocalists, recently starring in a Nina Simone show at London's Cadogan Hall. Liz has led her own band many times at Ronnie Scott’s, as well as at the Glastonbury Festival, and Southport, Swanage, Scarborough and Zoetermeer (Holland) jazz festivals. She recorded two albums written by saxophonist Alan Barnes with acclaimed British playwright Alan Plater.
Malcolm Earle Smith has been a well established name on the London Jazz scene for over 20 years. After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music in 1989, he joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, later becoming lead trombone. Since then, he has gone on to work with a variety of jazz and pop artists including Kenny Baker, Jack Parnell, Digby Fairweather, Martha Reeves and Ronnie Spector. Malcolm has also recorded and toured extensively with Bryan Ferry, appearing on two of his albums. He is senior lecturer in jazz at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and professor of jazz trombone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Karen Sharp - has toured and recorded extensively with some wonderful musicians that include Tina May, Nikki Iles, John Dankworth, Ken Peplowski, Howard Alden, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache and Harry Allen. Karen has won the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards on numerous occasions. She tours and records regularly with her quartet. Her latest album, 'The Sun, the Moon and You'is out Trio Records.
Simon Finch has performed with Abdullah Ibrahim, the BBC Big Band, and Jamie Cullum. As well as a long stint performing in Jersey Boys in London, Simon has played with many of the greats of popular music, from Eric Clapton and Annie Lennox, to Oasis, Kanye West and All Saints.
Luke Annesley’s sax and clarinet playing shows great versatility across many styles including swing, contemporary jazz, west-end shows and orchestral music. He is a member of the Grammy-nominated John Wilson Orchestra - performing with them at the BBC Proms, and featuring on several of their albums and tours. In 2005 Luke released his own album ‘Beginnings’ featuring guitarist Dave Cliff. He is also a highly-regarded music therapist.
Colin Oxley studied at the Guildhall School, graduating in 1990. In that same year he won 'Best Soloist' in the National Big Band Competition and has gone on to pursue a highly successful musical career.
As a long standing member of Stacey Kent's group he recorded several albums as well as touring extensively, including appearances at the Montreux and North Sea jazz festivals and residencies in New York and San Francisco. Colin has also performed with American legends Scott Hamilton, Houston Person, Warren Vache, Jeff Hamilton and Bob Dorough, as well as many of Britain's top players. In 2000, Colin was voted Jazz Musician of the Year by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. In between touring and recording, Colin is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
John Pearce is one of Britain's most respected and versatile musicians and also one of our best kept secrets - working in Geraldo's Navy aboard the Carmania, he joined the QE2 for her maiden voyage to New York in 1969. He had a long association with the liner, and during the time accompanied an array of cabaret artistes. He then became a regular session player, working with the BBC Radio Orchestra, Jack Parnell's Orchestra, Robert Farnon, Billy May, He has accompanied many singers, including Anita O'Day, Selina Jones, Peggy Lee, Elaine Delmar and Annie Ross, Mark Murphy and a multitude of instrumentalists: Dick Morrisey, Art Farmer, and Ronnie Scott.
Darren Beckett, originally from Belfast, is an amazing drummer, a top name in both rock and jazz. He studied jazz at the New School in NYC, where he lived for 20 years. Now back in the UK, his main gigs are Brandon Flowers, Madeleine Peyroux, and French pop artist Emilie Simon. Never able to put down his drumsticks for long, he's also part of Little Big; award-winning Jazz pianist Aaron Park's band. He has composed music used for TV (Grey’s Anatomy, The OC, CSI) and film (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, PS I Love You). Darren is also the head of the Drum Department at the Academy of Contemporary Music, London.
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