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Venue: Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS7 3PD
Louise Gibbs (joined by Martin Longhawn on piano) continues her exploration of storytelling through jazz and modern standards (sneaking in a little improvisation, of course). Songs by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Annie Ross, McCoy Tyner, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Charlie Mingus, Esperanza Spalding, Lennon & McCartney, Joni Mitchell, often with a curious tale to tell.
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Louise will be attending the British Voice Association’s Choice for Voice 2021 – the multidisciplinary online conference for singing and speaking specialists, speech language therapists, laryngologists, medics and voice-related professionals. For more information. There’s always so much to learn…
Venue: Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds
After a year of performance drought and a few postponements the Gibbs/Griffith/Weatherall Trio will be playing the music of Ellington and Strayhorn LIVE at Seven Arts at the end of May. Expect to hear the firm favorites, Take the A’ Train, I Let a Song So Out of My Heart, the astounding ballad, Lush Life and lesser-known gems: Rhumbop (from Drum is a Woman-1956), Strange Feeling, A Flower is a Lovesome Thing, Chelsea Bridge.
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Venue: Seven Arts Jazz, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds
Venue: Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, Liverpool
Frank Griffith’s Nonet punches above its nine-piece weight with music spanning 1932 to 1966, the programme includes: It Don’t Mean a Thing, Daydream, Satin Doll, Take The A Train, Lush Lifeand Rhumbop (from Drum is a Woman-1956) as well as Ellington/Strayhorn instrumental classics: Raincheck, Sophisticated Lady, It’s Glory, Chelsea Bridge, I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart and C Jam Blues.
Venue: Senior Common Room, London House, Mecklenburgh Square, London
Pianist, Sam Leak, will join me for a swift 55-minute journey through a century of jazz song from Bessie Smith to Esperanza Spalding. Our contribution is part of Music Week at Goodenough College residence for international students.
Venue: Water Rats, 328 Gray's Inn Road, London
Though a century-old, jazz singing is still a mystery to many singers and teachers. This interactive study day with masterclass, (22 September 2019) run by the British Voice Association (www.britishvoiceassociation.org) and led by expert jazz singers, teachers, and voice researchers, offers a practical and pedagogical overview of jazz voice and vocal style. You can learn about signature jazz voice timbres, their technical and expressive management, electronic manipulation, and similarities and differences to classical and pop singing. The event aims to demystify the role of improvisation in jazz vocal performance, and to help you find your inner jazz.
Presenters: Louise Gibbs, Pete Churchill, Line Hilton, Anton Browne, Sara Colman & Sarah Wright-Owens
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Venue: Head of Steam, St George's Square (Huddersfield Station), Huddersfield
There’ll be plenty of straight-ahead heat and steam when I join ace drummer Paul Smith and his Jazz Collective at their regular gig at Huddersfield train station’s Head of Steam pub. Paul is one of those sensitive listening drummers that singers want to play with – joyful, swinging. Proper ale too! The band: Munch Manship (tenor sax), Andrzej Baranek (keys), Paul Chamberlain (bass), Paul Smith (drums & cymbals)
A CAMRA pub with good local ales. £3/5 music cover. www.theheadofsteam.co.uk
Venue: Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith Street, London
Louise is back again, 2 September (not July), at Ronnie Scott’s upstairs bar as Renato D’Aiello’s special guest. Saxophonist Renato and his band have a regular Monday night fixture at Ronnie’s featuring a top UK/European singer.
Renato and Louise have been playing music together (see photo from 1996). For their July date, they will feature the music of hard-bop pianist and composer, Horace Silver: with his: Song for My Father, Tokyo Blues, Pretty Eyes, Peace, amongst a few others. In true jazz fashion we won’t know what song’s coming next or who might be sitting in. But you can be sure to hear exciting music made in the moment!
Get your table early! Note the 8pm start! There’s now booking for Ronnie’s upstairs and the price of £8 is a steal. You can turn up any time after 7.30pm. https://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/ronniesbar/reservation-form