Julie Dexter

Award winning jazz soul and broken beat songstress Julie Dexter singing with her band for one night only as part of EFG london Jazz Festival 2016 at Hideaway Jazz Club Streatham South London
Sunday, 20th Nov 2016

An EFG London Jazz Festival debut for award winning jazz, soul and broken beat songstress Julie Dexter, a British vocalist considered by many to be one of the most influential female vocalists of our generation.  

Having shared the spotlight with a host of cutting-edge artists, including Mint Condition, Jill Scott, Bilal, Omar, Loose Ends, Rachelle Ferrell, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi and Eric Roberson to name a few, Julie not only holds up her own with them but has been praised and respected by them too.

From Jazz to World Music, Soul and beyond, Julie Dexter is one of an elite few whose talent can transcend genres. She makes it all work on her own terms, as an audaciously independent artist with an undeniable connection to her audience.

"Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Julie Dexter. Julie Dexter would gasp at the thought of her name being mentioned in the same breath as these musical icons, but she better get used to it." Rolling Out

“Her voice has plenty of range of elasticity, but unlike many of her peers, Dexter is much more inclined to get carried away by a lyric than by her own vocal stylings.” Washington Post

“Julie Dexter has long been an unheralded great.” Billboard

Joining Julie for this special London Jazz Festival show will be an ‘all star’ band featuring some of the UK’s finest jazz and soul musicians with Janette Mason (MD, keys), John Parricelli (guitar), Tom Mason (bass) and Jack Pollitt (drums).

Julie Dexter

Born and raised in Birmingham, England, this classically trained artist composes and arranges her own music. Influenced by legends such as Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, and Bob Marley, as well as popular icons Omar and Sade, Julie takes classic soul to the heart of Artistry.

Fans and critics across the globe have followed her journey through the circles of Jazz, Broken-Beat, Bossa-Nova, Reggae, Afro-Beat and Soul. Her dynamic voice was first heard in 1994 on "The Jamaican Beat" Vol 1 with Jazz Jamaica then later in 1997 on Dune Records' release of J-Life, a European Jazz quintet formed by Gary Crosby and led by Jason Yarde. She later toured several continents with Jazz legend Courtney Pine as the lead vocalist for his ensemble.

It was in 1999 that Julie took a leap of faith and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she now resides. She launched her own label, Ketch A Vibe Records and in 2000 released the critically acclaimed EP Peace of Mind, followed by Dexterity (2002) , and Conscious (2005). Moon Bossa, a collaboration with Khari Simmons was released in 2007 and her single "Ketch A Vibe" was featured in national radio ads for Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama. 

Line up: Julie Dexter - Vocals, Janette Mason - Keys / MD, John Parricelli - Guitar, Tom Mason - Bass, Jack Pollitt - Drums