Sunday 8th July 2012
£15.00 - £18.00
Kevin Fitzsimmons (vocals), Alex Garnett (tenor sax), Leon Greening (piano), Matt Fishwick (drums), Steve Fishwick (drums), Adam King (bass)
Following five terrific sell-out shows at Ronnie Scott’s, charismatic singer/songwriter Kevin Fitzsimmons takes a break from starring in big band concert ‘Sinatra Sequins & Swing - The Capitol Years Live! to return with his superlative band - that includes Ronnie Scott’s All-Stars saxophonist Alex Garnett and unmissible musicians recently described by JAZZWISE Magazine as ‘ the cream of UK’s straight-ahead jazz musicians’.
One of the UK’s classiest singers, Kevin Fitzsimmons delivers his brilliant ‘Bennett-To-Buble:The American Songbook At Its Best’ show with a warm, evocatively powerful vocal. The show is a clever mix of carefully chosen jazz standards covered by Messrs Bennett, Buble & co deftly reconstituted with taste and verve - plus one or two new jazz translations of iconic pop classics. Expect creative mainstream jazz and one of today’s most individual new male jazz voices…blending West Coast cool, hard swinging, sparkling rhythms, blues-tinged ballads, all in the space of a relentlessly entertaining set.
Don’t miss the chance to see this line-up live in London, always a wonderful afternoon of top jazz.
Kevin Fitzsimmons Biography
Being the son of a late 50s model & a singer/pianist father, with family members who’ve acted in films with Richard Burton, Peter Sellers, Michael Caine & David Niven – & the stunt director of epic film ‘Zulu’ also in the family – meant a career in entertainment was a strong possibility. Kevin Fitzsimmons first discovered ‘the American songbook’ at the age of five, singing Pennies From Heaven accompanied by his father whose constant renditions of Gershwin, Porter and Berlin were to leave an irreversible impression. By his early twenties, he found himself in the company of and performing with other like minded aficionados and their profound knowledge and musicianship helped forward his studies. They also included the late American saxophonist Spike Robinson and John Critchinson (piano accompanist of the late Ronnie Scott at his eponymous Club).
A London born jazz singer, lyricist/songwriter & producer, he has sung everywhere from tiny well-worn jazz clubs to glittering occasions worldwide. Along the way enjoying sell out shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, one hour concert live on Jazz FM, TV appearances with his band on E4's Made In Chelsea, has entertained royalty twice, and is a favourite of many celebrities, TV & sports stars to sing at their private celebrations. His distinctive, powerful vocals are also in demand by luxe brands like Hermes, Louis Vuitton and others for campaigns/promotions in New York, Far East & London, and by global corporations and music publishers for voice-overs, marketing/media events and more. Recently his ‘Sinatra voice’ was chosen to impersonate Frank Sinatra’s real voice for a TV advert with the Oscar-nominated Hollywood movie-star Naomi Watts as well as the Dean Martin-style vocals for a national UK radio commercial.
A natural lyricist (& artist/cartoonist), he also writes songs in collaboration with musicians, most notably the Jools Holland saxophonist Derek Nash. He also fronts Big Band theatre show, ‘Sinatra Sequins & Swing – The Capitol Years Live!’ (touring concert based on Sinatra’s significant time with Capitol Records: www.sinatrasequinsandswing.com) alongside Musical Director of the Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra, Pete Long and his Big Band.
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