Saturday 10th November, Tickets £15, Doors 7pm, Performance 9pm (2 sets, approx finish 11.30pm)
Ticket update 7th November: The restaurant is now full for this gig - remaining available tickets are for unallocated seating and standing room, those still wishing to eat will be able to order food at the bar.
Dynamic originals and classics reworked by a special collaboration of some of the UK's most talented female composers, arrangers and performers. Together they skillfully reinterpret music from the worlds of Jazz, Soul and R&B. Expect sparkle.
Born and raised in Berlin, Natalie's influences included Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Aretha Franklin, who inspired Natalie to pursue a career in singing. In 1997 she decided to move to London to study at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama, becoming the first person to study both classical and jazz singing on the undergraduate course.
Natalie has toured extensively throughout the world, performing at an array of festivals and venues, including the 2009 London Jazz Festival as a featured soloist alongside Kurt Elling and Sheila Jordan with Guy Barker’s ‘Jazz Voice’ at the Barbican Centre. She has appeared as a featured artist with The Heritage Orchestra, Goldie and Bugz In The Attic and alongside the late Amy Winehouse, Shlomo, John Legend, Lemar, Alison Moyet and Jamie Cullum. Natalie has done backing vocals for Cee-lo Green, Miss Dynamite and is currently touring the world with the band Incognito after co-writing on the newly released album, Surreal (2012). An accomplished songwriter, Natalie signed her first publishing deal with Peer Music in 2007 and as a top-line writer she has collaborated with Shy FX and Hospital Records’ Nu:tone, gaining fans from enthusiastic Drum & Bass lovers worldwide.
She signed to independent label Eastside Records in 2003 and has recorded 4 albums - Yours Truly, Lucky Old Sun, Secret Garden and My Oh My. All were met with critical acclaim, including underground classic singles, 'Butterfly' and 'This Girl', which was A-listed at BBC Radio 2 and also won her ‘Best Video’ at the 2007 Urban Music Awards. 2010 saw her MOBO nomination for Best Soul Artist alongside Sade, Corinne Bailey Rae and Plan B.
Since her debut on the music scene Yolanda Brown has gone on to play across a multitude of genres. In her worldwide travels she has won two MOBO awards, played for the president of Russia, presented on BBC News and has been appointed a Yamaha UK Class Band Ambassador. These stellar achievements might be partly explained by her first class degree in Operations Management (and two Masters degrees) but that would be doing her a disservice, the real reason for Yolanda's success is her incredible talent on the saxophone (not to mention her singing). She has to be seen to be believed, Yolanda is truly a woman on the rise.
Accomplished as both a jazz pianist and composer, Andrea was born in Florida but raised in the far sunnier climes of our very own Birmingham. Having won a scholarship to study at The Guildhall in London, she soon found herself working with bass guitar legend Dill Katz in a band that also included (the then unknown) guitarist Phil Robson, before going on to form her first important group with Julian Argüelles on sax and Stuart Hall, then of Django Bates' Human Chain, on bass.
She also worked with Phil Bent, Jazz Warrior David-Jean Baptiste (with whom she recorded her first commercially released album, Freedom in the Groove), and the all-women band Birds, led by Kathy Stobart. In 1994 Andrea was commissioned by The Arts Council and the Peter Whittingham Trust to write music for a new 11 piece jazz orchestra; this became the Suburban Gorillas project, which resulted in an album of the same name, a Jazz Services tour, a triumphant appearance at Brecon Jazz Festival, and a live BBC broadcast from Newcastle Playhouse. Andrea has released four albums: Lunar Spell, Tryptych, the aforementioned Suburban Gorillas, and Mango Tango.
A sought after side man for the likes of Claire Martin and Lea DeLaria, Janette Mason is a talented composer and arranger. She was recently commissioned to write the score for MEDB’s Feature Film, ‘The Calling’, starring Susanah York and Brenda Blethyn, contributed four arrangements to Ian Shaw’s album, Drawn to all Things, and produced and arranged Lea DeLaria’s current Warner Brothers release, The Live Smoke Sessions, which made the Grammy Ballot.
As a Jazz musician, she has been a seminal figure on the British Jazz Scene for the last fifteen years, sharing the stage with Mornington Lockett, Julian Siegel and many more.
Sophie Alloway is a busy freelance drummer working in a variety of musical settings for lots of different artists. She has toured the UK, Australia and New Zealand with rapper Roots Manuva. She has also performed on Later With Jools Holland, the Mercury Music Prize, BBC Introducing, and played festivals such as Glastonbury, Hop Farm and Bestival. She has also toured with the Michael Jackson musical 'Thriller' and keeps a busy schedule as a Jazz drummer.
Julie started her musical career playing, on electric bass, with various rock, indie and folk bands in the north of England and the USA. Her love of jazz led her to move to London, where she studied at the Guildhall School of Music.
She has worked with many of London’s jazz musicians such as Claire Martin, Anita Wardell, Huw Warren, Chris Biscoe, Jim Mullen and has recorded with Tina May, Tony Coe, Georgia Mancio and Barb Jungr with whom she also toured extensively. Currently, Julie is working with Georgia Mancio, Tina May, Shireen Francis, Tammy Weis, Naadia Sheriff, Jez Franks and Geoff Eales amongst others.
Laura Jurd is a London based trumpet player, composer and improviser. She plays and writes a wide variety of music, drawing upon classical, jazz and folk influences. Laura has particular interests in improvisation and contemporary classical composition, studying with trumpet player Chris Batchelor and composer Issie Barratt. She was awarded the 2011 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and recently received the Musician’s Benevolent Fund Development Award as co-founder of the ‘Chaos Collective’.
As a trumpeter Laura can be found playing with the London Sound Painting Orchestra, Nu Civilisation Orchestra and the Elliot Galvin Group, as well as being director of the Chaos Orchestra. She leads her own ensembles which can be found playing around London and the South East. Influenced by the likes Stravinsky and Bartok as well as Miles Davis and the European improvised music scene, Laura is currently working with a string quartet and improvising musicians, in a project which combines elements of classical composition and improvisation.
Annie learnt trombone at school and by the age of fourteen was already busy playing with brass bands, local dance groups and the Manchester Youth Jazz Orchestra. At sixteen, she started her professional career with Ivy Benson's All Girl Orchestra, and spent the next two years playing summer seasons and touring Europe with the band. She settled for a while in Jersey where, inspired by the music of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Wayne Henderson, she began to develop her own unique style.
Increasingly involved in the London jazz scene, Annie has toured and recorded with the Paul Dunmall Octet (featuring Keith Tippett and Tony Levin), Elton Dean's Newsense (alongside legendary trombonists Roswell Rudd and Paul Rutherford), and Gary Crosby's Jazz Jamaica All Stars. With the horn section The Kick Horns, she has done session work with Rufus Wainwright, The Spice Girls, Blur, Tom Jones, Boyzone, The Beautiful South, Jamiroquai, Dr John and Eric Clapton amongst many others.