Sunday Lunch: Dirty Martinis
Jazz, swing and some classic Fifties American song book standards from this great six piece line up.
Nina Ferro - Vocals
Shanti Jayasinha - Trumpet
Born in Melbourne, Australia to Italian parents, Nina's musical upbringing started with the family record player. Out of the speakers came a mix of classical music, especially opera (her paternal grandmother was a mezzo-soprano), Soul, Motown, Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Pop could be heard. Her favourite singers as a young girl were Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Elvis Presley. Since relocating to the UK in 2005 Nina is fast establishing her mark as one of the hottest young Soul-Jazz vocalists on the UK scene. She is a multi award-winning vocalist, songwriter, session and recording artist whose powerful yet sensuous voice and stunning vocal range have done much to establish her enviable international reputation.
Janette Mason - Musical Director & Piano
Janette Mason is by now a familiar face at Hideaway. She took on the role of resident Musical Director in 2012 and has been producing an eclectic array of shows from Bond to Bowie and Beyond. Her skills as a composer and arranger can be heard on her 2010 Trio CD ‘Alien Left Hand’ which was nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award and on the soundtrack to ‘Ruby Blue’ an award winning independent film starring Bob Hoskins. As a keyboard player she has worked with Oasis, Seal,Pulp and Robert Wyatt as well as the cream of the UK’s jazz performers including Clare Martin, Ian Shaw, and Clare Teal.
“A band leader of pugnacious flair and genuine unpredictability.” James Griffiths, The Guardian
Alex Garnett, often referred to as ‘Son‘ or ‘Sonny’ has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over 2 decades, being instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound. He’s one of those players that everyone knows about and has deep respect for, who can do anything from the most burning straight ahead to free improvisation. A hugely versatile musician and first call sideman, he has enjoyed success as both a professional creative jazz artist, composer and arranger, and an in demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless album sideman and recording credits along the way.
Shanti studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was featured soloist with Kenny Wheeler on the CD ‘Walk Softly’. In the 80s paul toured with Tim Garland’s ‘Points on the Curve’ band, played with the Guildhall big band at Ronnie Scott’s with Randy Brecker, played with Jason Rebello, Cleveland Watkiss and Courtney Pine. This last year he has toured with Andy Abrahams and with Friendly Fires for their China tour.
Simon Lea - Drums
Since studying drum kit at the Guildhall school of music, he has been lucky enough to perform and record with a vast range of different artists, including Dionne Warwick, Boy George, Joe McElderry and Seth Lakeman.
Tom Mason - Bass
Tom began his musical career as a classical violinist, switching to bass in 1998 at the age of 18. In the same year he was accepted to study jazz bass at the Royal Academy of Music. Since then, he has performed, recorded and toured in the UK and internationally with an eclectic array of artists including Robin Eubanks, Robert Mitchell, Micheal Cain, Marty Ehrlich, Gerard Presencer, Famadou Don Moye and James Newton to name but a few.