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April in Paris

Duo with celebrated US pianist, Kirk Lightsey

April in Paris brought about a renewed partnership with Kirk Lightsey. What a pleasure to get back playing together again! To revisit the songs of our 2008 album Everybody’s Song But Our Own and then explore some favourite tunes. I thought I’d gone off standards until I felt that unmistakable Detroit swing.

A very sprightly and mischievous 78 years young, Kirk has played and recorded with Chet Baker, Kenny Burrell, Betty Carter, Clifford Jordan, Yusef Lateef, Rufus Reid, Pharaoh Saunders amongst others. He’s still going strong! His week at the Village Vanguard was …

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LG jazz vocal workshop – 16 May

If you’re looking for a freer jazz approach to your singing and performing then this one-day workshop on Saturday 16 May, 11.00-17.00 is for you. You’ll learn new tunes, explore your “jazz sound”, discover the basic protocols of jazz including how to improvise, learn to direct a band, and perform with greater confidence.

The jazz vocal workshop takes place in Louise’s home studio in Headingley, Leeds, and welcomes singers from all genres (including pop, soul, gospel, classical, folk). Try out some new repertoire. Or bring your own material.

You’ll be accompanied by a live trio – working with some of …

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LGQ (Louise Gibbs Quartet) at HEART

LGQ – Louise Gibbs (vocals), Sam Leak (piano), Simon Read (double bass), Sam Gardner (drums) will be at HEART in Headingley, Leeds on Saturday night 16 May to deliver two engaging sets of music for you.

This will be the first time that LGQ has performed at HEART, and we’ll be offering a preview of material from our latest Missing project, new arrangements of some songs by poet, Peter Spafford, ‘Sins’ from Louise’s Seven Deadly Sings song suite (especially arranged for LGQ), along with some of our favourite jazz standards (Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Arlen & Mercer).

The performance space …

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Herald review for 7DS in Scotland

Here’s the review from Rob Adams of the Scottish Herald for  Seven Deadly Sings, including Thelonious Monk set at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, 26 November 2014. How wonderful to have a lengthy, detailed, intelligent and literary review of a jazz gig from a daily broadsheet. I even learnt a new word – eldritch – otherworldly, spooky, ethereal. Now was that me or the PA system?

“JAZZ musicians are, of course, notorious for not knowing anything at all about bad behaviour.

Still, Leeds-based vocalist Louise Gibbs has persevered, done her research and come up with a musical and quite literary depiction …

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Teaching ‘jazz’ this Academic Year

For this academic year my Route 66 is the M62 and East of Hull and West of Chester will pinpoint the moon and sun. And if there’s no Detour Ahead I’ll rest midway in Leeds. I’m thrilled to be teaching jazz, popular and even some classical voice students, performance, improvisation classes and a choir at the Universities of Chester, Hull and Leeds this year. All that youthful talent and enthusiasm (and travel) is keeping me busy. It sounds such a cliche but it’s true that your students teach you so much. As much as I’m passing on what I know …

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Seven Deadly Sings goes to Scotland

Scotland the Brave! Louise Gibbs and the Septet will perform Seven Deadly Sings and a set of Thelonious Monk and Monk-inspired tunes in Edinburgh and Glasgow in November. The Septet: Krzysztof Urbanski (alto/baritone sax), Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor sax/clarinet), Kim Macari (trumpet/flugel), Chris Greive (trombone), Sam Leak (piano), Simon Read (double bass), & Katie Patterson (drums). …

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