Aretha - Soul Diva - Celebrating the Music of Aretha Franklin
Showtime presents a celebration of the music of Aretha Franklin - The Queen of Soul, at London's favourite music venue, Hideaway.
Thursday Special Discount: 4 tickets for £30
Nina Ferro - Vocals
Brendan Reilly - Vocals
Janette Mason - MD/Keys
Simon Little - Bass
Billy Adamson - Guitar
Martin Shaw - Trumpet
Greg Heath - Sax
Westley Joseph - Drums
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.
Brendan is a trained singer in jazz, a writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist . Brendan was born and raised in the USA within a family of musicians. At the age of 20 he moved to Europe, where he went on to release solo material, has played countless sessions and live shows as well as working as a backing vocalist for the likes of The Basement Jaxx and many others.
Janette Mason - Musical Director & Piano
If there's an explosion of curly red hair buzzing around at the business end of our beautiful Yamaha grand piano, and a room bursting with musically induced grins, then you can be sure it's Janette Mason at the ivories.
Appointed as Hideaway's first Musical Director in 2012, Janette's talents as a producer, arranger and band leader have left a distinctive and extremely popular mark on Hideaway's in-house productions, a series of sell-out shows that include Showtime Presents Bond and Wall to Wall: Bowie.
Also a talented composer, her Trio's 2010 CD, Alien Left Hand, was nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award and her work also features on the soundtrack of award-winning independent film Ruby Blue, starring Bob Hoskins.
Her credits as an elite keyboard player include Oasis, Seal, Pulp and Robert Wyatt, as well as the cream of the UK's jazz talent including Clare Martin and Ian Shaw.
Billy Adamson - Guitar
Billy studied music for a year at Newcastle University before being offered a scholarship to start in the second year of jazz studies at Middlesex University in London, where he graduated with a BA in Music Performance in 2007. He has played at Ronnie Scotts, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Royal Opera House and venues further afield such as the Montreaux Jazz Festival and headlining the International Festival of Arts in Zimbabwe. He has recorded at Abbey Road Studios and BBC Maida Vale Studios, which went on to win BBC Maida Vale Session of the year 2009 at the World Wide Awards. He has played on numerous national radio and TV shows in France with Universal recording artist Sara Schiralli. He has recorded in France, Germany and on numerous albums in the UK.
Simon Little - Bass
Perhaps best known as the bassist with The Divine Comedy, Duke Special and The Duckworth Lewis Method, he also tours regularly with Clare Teal and Maggie Reilly. As a jazz bass player he plays with Lea DeLaria, Ian Shaw, and Nina Ferro. Simon has also played and recorded with Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, A Girl Called Eddy, Chris Difford, Jamie Cullum, Liane Carroll, Beth Rowley, Ben Folds, Norma Winstone, Claire Martin, Pee Wee Ellis, Boo Hewerdine, Polly Gibbons, Newton Faulkner and The Ronnie Scott’s Allstars amongst others.
Westley Joseph’s career has taken him all over the world time and time again. Making his living as a successful freelance musician based in London has allowed him to perform in all different musical styles and genres. Currently Westley is recording, gigging and touring with many different outfits and artists including Soothsayers, Leo the Lion, The Mitchell Brothers, Akala, Omar, Sona Jobarteh, HKB FiNN, Mary Pearce (Primal Scream, Mica Paris, Beverly knight) Imaani (Incognito), Louise Marshal (Jools Holland) to mention a few.