Nathan Haines ft Vanessa Freeman
Internationally renowned New Zealand saxophonist & composer, Nathan Haines will be joined by Vanessa Freeman. Come and check out his fantastic vibrant fusion of jazz and modern dance music in our award winning jewel of a club in South London!
“The Poet’s Embrace” – Nathan’s first truly analog acoustic quartet album released in New Zealand, the UK and Germany on Warner Classics, was awarded New Zealand Jazz Album of the Year in 2013. The follow-up album “Vermillion Skies” recorded in a similar fashion but with the addition of Nathan on vocals was released in Australia in July 2013 after a very succesfull initial release in New Zealand in March 2013, and went onto win New Zealand Jazz Album of the Year in 2014.
Critics in both New Zealand and the UK were unanimous in their praise of “The Poet’s Embrace” with the album featured in many top-ten lists for 2013 – it was released on both cd and limited edition vinyl. Vermillion Skies was also released on limited edition vinyl and cd.
Nathan is a regular headline artist at London’s Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, and has performed at many international festivals and clubs. He has recorded and collaborated with US soul-legend Marlena Shaw on his 2003 album “Squire For Hire” (produced in the UK by Phil Asher) and she guested on his 2007 album “Right Now” (released in the UK on Freestyle Records) and performs regularly with her in Europe. He has also recorded and toured with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – the resultant album “Life Time” features Nathan singing on three tracks with arrangements by the Grammy Award winning arranged and pianist Alan Broadbent.
Nathan also produces for other artists (including pianist Kevin Field) and as well as DJ’ing at many international clubs plus hosting his own radio shows on London’s Mi-Soul station, he has guested and recorded with artists Jamiroquai, Damon Albarn (who appeared on Squire For Hire), 4 Hero, Da Lata, Mark de Clive Lowe, Italian pianist Marco Di Marco and many prominent DJ’s, producers and beatmakers including Masters at Work and Louie Vega (Elements of Life).
Singer, songwriter and exceptional performer Vanessa is one of the most exciting black females voices to the hit the UK in recent years and destined to be added to the pantheon of singers credited to the 'Nu Soul' movement alongside Erica Baddu, Angie Stone and Peven Everet with her first solo album entitled Shades on Chilli Funk Records. Influenced by the likes of Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mahelia Jackson and Curtis Mayfield, Vanessa's voice is an experience to behold, immediately distinctive, unadulterated quality, sheer joy. Her live performances are spiritual, recordings timeless and her songs sublime. Her voice has wooed audiences from Russia to Japan and can be heard at it's finest on tracks like Show Me on the album Shades Of Jamaican descent, her parents moved to the UK from Jamaica in the late 50's, Vanessa is a true north London girl having served her time in Nam - that being how she fondly refers to Tottenham in the deep north of London. Vanessa's musical career started early when she joined the local church chorus at the age of twelve. This hugely important part of her musical and spiritual life is the bedrock. This lead to working with the UK's finest gospel acts like Noel Richards and Matt Redmond and tours around the world and shows at Wembley Stadium and Albert hall.